Friday, March 26, 2010

Goats are Nice People Too

On our trip through Montana last week we were able to stop in and visit the world famous Pricilla who writes at The Maaaaa of Pricilla. The Publicist met us at the goats home and showed us the troupe consisting of Pricilla, Abby (Pricilla's daughter), Matthew, Mallory and Michael (by the way he's kinda studly).

Pricilla,wearing her tan safari outfit, and Matthew, wearing slimming black, were a little weary of the new comers. Retreating to locations out of reach was their primary objective during the encounter with strangers. The little strangers especially alarmed the goats for some reason.

However, Abby-goat was quite different than the other goats and she gave Ella a warm welcome. She wanted to become better acquainted with the visitors from a far away land.

Especially since it involved scratching in those inaccessible places on ones horns and ears. And the littlest visitor was wearing a shirt with what looked like berries on it. That seemed close to food... Goats really like things involving food.

In fact Abby and Ella had some kind of goat-child psychic communication going where they perfectly understood one another. Hugs were warmly received and a goat horn in the cheek appeared to be normal under the circumstances. (look closely at picture) A tender goat antler in the chubby cheek is a sign of endearment I think.

Abby, "Ella will you be my BFF?"
Ella, "Sure. Can you hop in the back of the truck and come home with us?"
Abby, "I'm not sure the Publicist will let me..."
Ella, "Awe come on Abby. I don't think she will notice."
Abby, "Do you have apples?"
Ella, "As many as you'd like..."

At one point I had to step in and break up the friendship so that separation anxiety would not set in. And in fact, this encounter has resulted in talk about Abby daily at our house since our vacation.

Mom, "Hey Ella who is your favorite goat?"
Ella, "Abby. She's really nice. Can I be Abby for Halloween? We need to buy me an Abby costume for Halloween, Mom. I want to be Abby the Goat."
Mom, "Uh..... I guess.

I. Kid. You. Not. Get it? I said kid...

Now where do I get a goat costume for this child?

And on to other things about our visit to the land of Pricilla...

Here is the view the goats have of the Clark Fork River which is part of their property. They are aloud to hike down to the creek and get sips of fresh water when the grass is green.

Lucky goats. What a view.

After hiking around and visiting the creek, we had a wonderful meal with ingredients that came straight from the Publicists farm (Patty's garden and chickens). So growing and eating your own food is totally possible even in Montana!!

To top it all off Patty served us goat milk ice cream and caramel! YUM! And pssst!! The best kept secret of all is that Patty makes angel food cake which is heavenly! Truly the BEST!

Pricilla, Abby and Patty, we all want to thank you for hosting us on our journey through the land of big sky and even bigger mountains. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and had a lovely time.


blueviolet said...

How cute they are! I love that you visited them!!!!

Suzi said...

You have to make her a goat costume. Come on Mom, get with the program. Good think you took pictures, something to reference.

Sara said...

Love the pictures! Goats are awesome. Sounds like a great visit.

Pricilla said...

We loved having you. Even if I was a shy goat.
I am glad you liked the ice cream made with my rich milk.

Ms Snarky Pants said...

Ask and ye shall receive. No excuse now. ;)

I love goats just as much as Ella. hehehe I would LOVE to have some of the little pygmy goats. They are crazy adorable. Sounds like it was a ton of fun!

Captain Dumbass said...

There's something magical about a little girl and her goat.

Captain Dumbass said...

Is it just me or did that comment sound creepy somehow?

Melodie said...

How sweet! Will there be a goat or two in your future?

Karen said...

Hmm a goat costume? I have no help to offer but I can't wait to see pictures!

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Do not get a goat costume yet! Halloween is a thousand years from now, in kiddie time. She will probably want to be a dicotyledon by then, from hanging around her mama. By the way, she is your exact image.

DragonflyzDreams said...

I think Goats would be OK also. They take care of the grass and having that river so close is shear heaven. I dream of living that close to water. And flowing water that ripples and makes beautiful noise.
Last time we were coming home from North Carolina I found an alpaca farm and called when we got home. He was not home as we passed. He said to call again next time through and he would give us a tour. I cannot wait till NEXT time! LOL!

Thanks for sharing your trips with us. I really enjoy them and your children are awesome!

Vixen/Apron Frenzy said...

Ella shall henceforth be known as "The Goat Whisperer".

Doris Sturm said...

Great photos, as usual, Julia. Kids - they are so amazingly entertaining - especially when mixed with goats and other critters ;-)
Have a great weekend,
Doris :-)

Ratty said...

The goats look fun. My dad actually got us a pet goat when I was a kid. That doesn't sound strange until I mention that we lived right in the middle of the city.

Julia said...

Ratty, that cracked me up! :)

The Mind of a Mom said...

Oh my gosh that is so sweet! I am a goat goad-mother so I totally understand the love :o)
Hey Julia
here is a great website, and even if you did not buy one I am sure it would give you great ideas on how to make one

You let Ella know ~ goats rule!!

Sharkbytes said...

Pretty doggoned cool! Ella certainly does seem to have a thing going with Abby. She's so cute. The kid, er, the kid with the spotted top...

ga.farmwoman said...

How lucky were you all. On both sides!
It sounds like a wonderful visit. I just love that Ella is goat whisperer! and can understand Abby.
I also just love that little zip up suit of Wyatt's.
The pictures are beautiful. love their view of that wonderful Clark Fork River.
Have a great day.

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