Some friends of ours have a farm (or acreage anyway) up in Pinnacle, and Mom and Colin and I went up there today to see it.
They were babysitting some baby goats and they're planning on buying one of them. They've got 25 acres of land, 3 goats, 2 dogs, 2 cats, maybe 30 chickens, and a steer.
I didn't really think about how dirty I might get, so I made sure I wore tennis shoes, but I just had on a nice (as in, not old) t-shirt, and capri pants...and the hoop earrings that I wear a lot. Well, we get there and Mom's friend says, "Oh, I though maybe Natalie was just dropping you off, she's all dressed up with her pretty earrings and everything!" Hmm...not a good start. :p
I should have worn some old jeans or shorts, an older t-shirt, and some less dangly earrings. And possibly some sort of slip on shoes...but I don't have any. The goats were obviously having fun with this clueless stranger...they chewed my shoelaces, chewed the drawstring on my capris, chewed the hems of my capris (because they were right at mouth level!) and stood up and got dirt on me. Luckily dirt was all they got on me...
It's in situations like that that I realize how much of a city girl I am...if I was used to it, I'd have no problem dressing for a farm, in fact I'd be quite happy to wear totally practical, sturdy, clothes that I could get dirty. But I'm not used to that. :\ LOL!
The baby goats were so funny! They'd randomly jump sideways in the air; it was so cute! Our friends also have three older goats.
So we got to see what chickens are like...they're okay I guess...they're practical anyway; you get eggs and chicken from them. Dad's really not sure that he wants chickens...he just really isn't terribly fond of birds, and isn't sure he wants a bunch of chickens in our backyard.
Mom's friend suggested we try beekeeping. When I first heard that, I was pretty sceptical because I'm not very fond of bees...or rather, it's not so much the bees, as that I don't like getting stung! But the bees are sounding better and better all the time! You don't have to do much to them, and they don't require lots of fencing, housing, feeding, breeding, and other misc. work like other farm animals...it sounds like you pretty much leave them alone unless you want honey or have to move them. (Granted, I haven't researched it any, so I'm not sure about that, but some of the kids at church are studying bee-keeping and that's what they said.) But with all the animals our friends have they have to do a lot of stuff with them, and it sounds like a LOT of work.
So, basically, I think I'd rather expand our gardening endeavor, and perhaps get some bees, and maybe chickens. But it seems to me that the best use of the 1/4 acre (minus the house) that we have, would be to grow more vegetables and fruit. For instance I want to grow more of what we've grown before, but also grow blackberries, broccoli, carrots, kiwis, maybe some grape vines, and also maybe some potatoes and onions and stuff. I wonder if these cranberries would grow in North Carolina? They say they grow in zone 7. Ooo, and a bush apricot! Anyway, that sounds like enough more work to me, and at least we'd be getting food out of it.
Here are some pictures:
Me with one baby goat, Comet:
Two goats, Comet and... Blondie?:
One cat (Spice) and the two baby goats, Comet and Fireball (I want that cat!):
Ferdinand the steer...Ferdinand is an awesome name for a steer!:
Anyway, that's what we did this morning! I realized that I never really get outside much anymore, unless I'm working in the garden or something. When I was a little kid, I would play outside all the time, and I still like to be outside, but I just don't have as much I can do outside, and more to do inside. Like, I could take a book or my knitting outside, but then I'd just be sitting there and it also gets hot pretty fast. So if we had a bigger garden I'd have a chance to be out more. In the meantime, I'll...I don't know. Do a bunch of yard work?
I got some fabric for the other side of the apron I'm going to make, I also went to Goodwill this morning after taking Dad to work and found some silverware. We needed more because we always run out of silverware when we have company.
Now I need to go out and water the garden because I didn't get it watered this morning. And then I think I'll lie on my bed and read if I have any time left. Ooof. I don't like being on the go all day.