We try to take the goats on hikes, at least once on the weekends through the winter. Since they’re pretty much in the barn from December until March, they don’t get much exercise otherwise, and can get a little stir crazy. It used to be a small outing, first just 4 goats, and then last year, six. Now we’re up to ten, and it’s quite a parade. On Saturday, we added two more (people, not goats) to the hike, new friends Nina Interlandi Bell and Ian Bell, who came all the way from Chicago to visit the farm. They were actually in Massachusetts and Maine to visit friends and family — they didn’t come all this way just to see us and our goats — and are looking for property in Central Maine. You see, Nina and Ian have a farm dream of their own — a place in the country where they can have a horse or two, some chickens, and who knows, maybe some goats. There’s not much activity on the farm in the winter, other than twice a day milking, but a goat hike in the snow is a great way to spend some quality time with the herd. We came in from the cold for some hot tea and goat cheese, and then finished the visit with a milking lesson. Nina was a natural.
By the way, Nina does some beautiful ec0-friendly letterpress work, check it out at Tweedle Press.