Sunday, May 30, 2010

I am in heaven

Please let me introduce my new babies. My very first critters on the farm.

Niko


Kip

Do you happen to recognize those sweet little goat babies? You may know them as Boy and Zipper. You see, I got these 2 little boys from a blogger friend. Her name is goatgirl.

Do you read Life beyond the sidewalks? Well, you should. She raises a great family of beautiful goats (as well as some pigs, chickens, rabbits, ducks, cats, and a llama) and I was so incredibly lucky to be able to get my first 2 goats from her.

It all began with a trip.

It was kind of a long trip.

What? It WAS for goats after all.

And once we left the desert of the Tri Cities behind, it did this for the entire trip.

A few days before we left, G had requested that while we were on our trip that he would like to try some crab legs.

Who am I to turn that request down?

He also had an octopus.

Peppered octopus to be exact.

He really enjoyed it. So much so that he had 3 of them in total. I just sat there in awe. And refrained from saying how unappealing this entree was to me.

When we made it to goatgirls farm it was so sweet to see the mama goats with their babies by their side. ( and a pig, too!)

And goatgirl is so very friendly and the perfect hostess.

S made friends with the llama, Koo.

J was very attractive to Cora Belle.

K was a big hit when the rustle of plastic was heard. This means carrots, of course. Altho, not all of her goats fancied the carrots, but the ones that did were right there when they appeared.

And G, well, he had a great time exploring in addition to meeting all the animals.

When it was time to go home, goatgirl gave us some hay to bring along. To help the goat babies transition to the hay they would be eating at my place. She also sent us a bucket of grain...which G was in charge of initially. BUT, when the mama goats got wind of that bucket being carried around that close to ground level...well, they thought that was great news. Needless to say, I traded G the hay bag for the grain bucket.

We all said our goodbyes and thanked goatgirl for a wonderful time and for the very sweet goat babies. And I told her how bittersweet it was for me. Very, very sweet to take the babies home finally, but bitter to think that they would be separated from their mamas and siblings.

The babies are all loaded up and ready to go.

It was a long drive back home and we stopped a couple times to check on the goats. They were fine, of course.

When we got home we took their crate right into the goat house.

And after I poured them some fresh water and put some hay into the feeder we let them out into their new home.

As you can see.....they handled the trip just fine. They ate some hay and drank some water and well, now I have 2 goats in my barn. In. My. Barn.


With goat number 3 to arrive soon.

And I am SO very happy.

Thank you goatgirl for the absolutely wonderful time. And for the amazing opportunity to be able to raise these 2 gorgeous goat babies.

13 comments:

Farmer Jen said...

Yay! Goaties in your barn!! Great photos too. (Icky octopus)

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

Ohmygosh! Those Nico and Kip are sooooo cute! I bet you are walking on air. I'm so happy for you. And that picture of Kip in the feed tray is so funny! I can not get over how adventurous G is. I actually love octopus, but I've never been served a WHOLE one before. I think that would have turned even me off - but there's G, eating the octopus. Amazing.

Goatgirl looks so cute and sweet - how wonderful you got your first goats from her.

I can't wait to meet goat baby #3 and to watch your farm grow and thrive. You're off to a wonderful start!

CeeCee said...

Now you have to change the name of your blog. :)
Your babies are precious and I'm so thrilled for you!

G and octopus--eewww. BUT, I'm proud of him for trying something new.

Anonymous said...

Hey Marc, I am so happy for you that you finally got your babies. Now about G, I am extremely proud of you for not saying how nasty his choice of food was. I don't know that I could contain myself from saying something. He is one very brave child. Did the other kids want to share some of it with him? Love ya, enjoy your babies. Kelly

Diane said...

I'm sooo excited for you guys..did you get any sleep that first night with your new babies in the barn..I'm surprised you weren't right out there sleeping with them..haha..Looks like they're cozying right in nicely..Congrats on the first 2 additions to your new farm..

Brenda said...

How Wonderful! The entire experience sounds great. Your new babies look so happy in their new home. Thank you for sharing!

goatgirl said...

It was my pleasure! What a wonderful family you have frugalmom. I am so pleased that the boys got such a good home with such sweet gentle children.
Enjoy! I am hoping to see you back one of these years to get a doeling...tell S the milk is really very good. Next time I'll have some for him to try.
I know G will try some, if he eats octopus, goat milk will be a breeze.
Now go do your chores.

Lilla said...

yippee!!! you have goats! They are adorable and seem to be settling in well...IN YOUR BARN! I am so happy for you. Can't wait to see #3...

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Welcome Niko and Kip! It looks like their transition to your place went really well.
Love the shots of G. eating the octopus. That's pretty amazing - and a big step farther than even I will go in my eating of raw fish. lol
Congrats on joining the GIYB club, Marcee!!
p.s. And goatgirl is even prettier in person than I imagined.

Chai Chai said...

OK, so you met Farmgirl_DK and Goatgirl on the blogosphere and they have proven to be wonderful real life friends. Goatgirl has the most beautiful farm and fantastic animals, you have to be counting your lucky stars.

Since you have visited Critter Farm as well everyone is going to be jealous of your adventures. You are truly blessed with a wonderful family and a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing. It appears dreams do come true!

sugarcreekstuff said...

I am so thrilled for you! Those goats are so cute! Barn, farm, goat babies, looks like you are living your dream.

I have never had octopus but would like to try sometime. Can you ask G to describe what it tastes like?

polly's path said...

AWWWW, Congrats!!!!!!

Your life will never be the same!

frugalmom said...

Thank you SO much for all the happy congratulatory comments about the goat boys!!! I am loving every minute of this new experience. I cant seem to visit with them long enough. Seems I get out there and the next thing I know over an hour has passed by. Sigh. I love my goats. :-)