Goodbye to Sweet Sophie Goat

This past weekend, we said goodbye to Sophie Goat, part of the sister trio with Mickey and Zephora.  This sweetheart is the first goat we have lost, and it has led me to reflect on the many lessons animals pass onto us to live with compassion, connection, and care for each other. Sophie stuck out…

Soapmaking and sketching

As many of you know, I became the proud goat mom of four sweet Nubians a few months back. What a magical whirlwind adventure it has been! Many early mornings of baby goat care, milkings twice daily and now, after the baby goats have been weaned off of the moms, a HUGE surplus of milk!…

Country outlaw sketch #1: Merle

Here is the long anticipated sketch of Maple’s twin, Merle. They were our second set of twins born on April 6th, the same day which country legend Merle Haggard died on, which was also his birthday. Maple was an easy name to come up with.  I spent some time in graduate school in Vermont, nestled…

Hangin’ with Willie and the boys… and Miss Maple.

Many lessons can be taken from these goats.  It is a new day….start slow and then jump right in! This is what the fence line-up looked like this morning.  When we walkout to the goats in the morning, there is such a remarkable  sense of calm.  The sweet goats slowly blink and gaze up at…

Adventures of the Flying Ears Sisterhood

Let the goat adventures begin! It all started one balmy August evening, with with two goats coming to their new home in the back of a Honda Element. Sally, an ornry Nubian-pygmy mix and Gidget, a younger, shy Nubian, were not related.  In protest of being in a confined place with a goat she did not know,…