Market was steady but not overly busy but I was delighted to get a visit from Sara, GeeGee parrot's Mama. There aren't many stalls on the market who have customers that walk up to them and start bleating ... it could only be Sara. GeeGee stayed at home in the warm - she apparently had a bit of a crash landing a couple of days earlier when she damaged herself after a close encounter with a door. Apparently the navigation equipment was a bit sub-standard in the dark. To make up for not being there in person (or should that be 'in parrot'?), she sent Sara along with one of her beautiful feathers:
I'm sure that we all wish GeeGee a speedy recovery! I had taken along a few walnuts from the tree at the farm for Sara to take home with her, so hopefully she will enjoy eating those whilst convalescing!!
Whilst I was watching the youngsters feeding this morning I thought I would take a few photos to show the many different colours. Basically, we have black, white and brown goats. They come in various shades and most of them have perfect pedigree markings - like Betty and Wilma in this picture. This was taken at a show in 2005 when they were both young goatlings!
But sometimes, for no apparent reason, you get what the breeders call 'mis-marked' goats. These can range from a slight white mark in the wrong place to the most beautiful spotty or splodgy markings. These animals would not be any good for showing but we absolutely love them in our herd. The more colours the better!
Here are some of our little splodgy jobs - all of whom have perfectly marked parents. Our very first splodgy goat was Diddi who was born in 2007.
Here are a few of last year's kids.
Bottoms up everyone!