Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Face of an Angel- I Think Not!

Living in the country definitely has its ups and downs. Although they are cute and fun to play with, our goats can be a handful sometimes. In fact, at one time or another, all of our animals have been in trouble.

Meet Lulu. She is one of our two Nubian goats. Our youngest daughter, Carson, decided several years ago that she wanted some goats to milk. We purchased two goats with dreams of making soap. It didn't take long for her to realize that milking goats is a full time job. You can't take a vacation from it, ever. Needless to say, after coming to this conclusion, the goats just became big pets like every other animal on this farm.

The trouble with goats is that they are loud! Every time we go outside they start trying to get our attention. Have you ever heard a goat's Maaaaaa? People who visit us say that it sounds like a man dying. There is another problem with goats. If they ever escape their pen, they can cause some major damage.

Does this look like the face of an angel to you?

Before you answer that question, consider this. Last year our azaleas in the front of the house looked like this.

Aren't they so pretty when they are blooming?

Near the end of the summer, our two goats pushed up against the wire of their pen and pushed it out far enough to escape. After several hours in our yard, five of my front azaleas looked like this. John and I were not happy. He was ready to rip them out of the ground certain that they were ruined.

However, this spring, low and behold, new growth. Isn't that amazing! There are no blooms, but at least they are alive. I hope that after some tender loving care they will be back to normal soon.

As for the goats......they are living happily in their pen. (which we frequently check to make sure they are secure)


The White Farmhouse said...

How could you stay mad at that face though? She is just adorable! I can say that though cause she is in your yard and not mine. I got monster holes in my yard. Between the groundhogs and the dog it is like a land mine out there. Glad that the azaelas didn't let a little gnawing bring them down!

Diana said...

Carla, my thoughts immediately turned to the early 1950's and my grandmothers goats, especially the billy. My cousin and I were playing outside near the house and she leaned over at the end of the walkway, and yes, he charged and threw her quite a distance. That was the end of the billy goat as I recall. I also recall that they would eat Anything in site. :)

By the way, your broccoli will likely produce, just be sure it's not getting too much nitrogen. Have a great week.

Glenda said...

I enjoy reading your stories about your farm. Lulu looks gentle in her pic, but I've heard how much damage a goat can do if not penned. I'm glad your azaleas survived; by next year maybe they will have fully recovered.

Hope you have a week filled with many good things!

Denise said...

Oooh naughty goats :-) Glad they are coming back though, I love azaleas, so pretty.

myletterstoemily said...

goats . . . azaleas.

i 'm gonna' have to go
with the azaleas!

funny post! so glad your
lovely azaleas came back.

tina said...

Awww, she is sweet! I love goat's milk but can believe it is a lot of work!

JanMary said...

My husband's family used to keep goats when he was younger.

Glad your azaleas survived :)

sweet bay said...

With those eyes I was thinking the opposite of angel... :) I have heard that goats get into everything and eat everything if they get loose.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is such a cute story. I think goats are adorable, and maybe that is because I dont have any.

Cameron said...

Goats love people so much! They really are pets. Do yours just love to kiss you right on the lips? Many years ago, friends of ours raised dairy goats (Nubian and Toggenberg) and I milked the goats when they went on vacation--complete with sterilizing the equipment and pasteurizing the milk. The smell stayed with me. To this day, I can't eat goat cheese due to the smell! LOL

Donatella said...

shes so cute...i hear goats could be alot of work...

Joan Elizabeth said...

Funny that your post today should be about goats. I saw some very cute goats on the TV tonight and said to my hubby we should get a goat it might help tame the yard ...then I had second thoughts and said ... it might ruin the garden. Your post is a timely reminder not to do anything foolish!!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I know how much damage goats can cause:) Friends had them at their barn and let them wander to keep the multiflora and other weeds down along the fence line. Couldn't keep the goats out of the horse's feeders or off visitors cars. They liked to jump up and walk around on car hoods.

Maryrose said...

I agree with some of the others... your goat does have the face of an angel...but maybe not at my house ;)
I am happy that your azalea is coming back though, that would do it for me.
Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment. I have always wanted to live on a farm, so I enjoyed my visit. Have a great day.

Maryrose said...

Only a face a mother can love, but I love that cute face, just maybe not at my house ;)
Great post and I am so happy to see your azalea re-emerging...good luck
PS thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Denise said...

Thanks for the info on the 'wolf' book, I've looked at our local library site and they have it, so I'm gonna check it out and read with her :-)