"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Goats, glorious goats!

We finally visited our first Nigerian Dwarf Goat farm this afternoon in our quest for a few new pets. No matter that Spring sprang a snow storm on us, we bundled up good this time and set off for Windham.

The kids were a bit wary at first and stayed their distance but it didn't take long to warm up to the super-friendly does we met.

I was in heaven as Brenda, the goat lady, answered my questions for over an hour while the kids played with the animals. She even had a mini donkey to torment me with. He was so cute. After seeing all the goats, the donkey, a horse and a pony, Simone's fondest moment was their mangy (and I mean really mangy!) barn cat they found outside and got to pet. An ugly cat... how exotic! Gabriel wanted to know if I got a picture of him with it. Sorry, no.
Next week, we visit another farm that has had a bunch of new babies just born and I will get a lesson in milking! Can't wait!

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