I want baby goats. I know, an odd opening line for my first blog entry...but I have decided to jump right in with wild abandon and try to utilize this forum as a place to unload my mind - the good, the bad, the odd, the weird, etc and right now I want baby goats. I have been thinking about them on and off ever since I snuggled the sweetest girl at a farmers market 2 years ago. She was tiny, friendly and had a small pink collar. Her bleeting was like music to my ears and I wanted to scoop her up and take her home to my barn. We are very fortunate to have a large barn and other than the uninvited mice that scurry through from time to time, its very lonesome.
Spring 2008 - my mother snuggles up to this beautiful baby at our local farmers market
I adore animals of all shapes and sizes but "typical" farmyard animals that some take for granted hold a special place in my heart. Although we are surrounded by beautiful farmland, we only own a 1 1/2 acre plot stuck right in the middle, so large animals are out of the question. But baby goats, chicks and some Angora rabbits would fit the bill and soothe my craving to nurture and raise.
I have been obsessed with homesteading lately. Perhaps its the Spring rush for newly hatched chicks, seed packets, etc but I think it is actually my natural homebody inclinations. There is something so satisfying about using what you have and working the land. I can just imagine collecting fresh eggs and Angora fiber (a completely painless/actually enjoyable brushing of Angora rabbits), harvesting fruits and vegetables and perhaps even trying my hand at making goat's milk cheese...for some it probably seems like just a lot of work, but it all sounds like pure heaven to me.
For now I must be satisfied by my memories, trips to the farmers market and farmland daydreams. But perhaps by next Spring...