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.