My goats are often accused of being fat. I defend their weight pointing out that they are fluffy and not as fat as they look. Although it is true that they are well fed and pampered it is also true that their size is exaggerated by a fair amount of fluff. I'm not sure why they are so fluffy, I haven't seen another wild goat with a coat like they have and they live in an insulated hut so they can't be cold, but they are ridiculously fluffy. Jezebel in particular shows off her angora lineage in winter - last spring I collected all fur she shed and had it spun in to a hat and gloves!
We've been lucky enough to enjoy several weeks of sunshine now and the goats are starting to shed and look a bit slimmer. It's just one of the many signs that spring has arrived on the West Coast, along with the lambs and the calves and the daffodils (if they avoid the attentions of my goats). The other day I even had a rescued duckling in my office for the morning! But lets face it, the West Coast isn't known for a warm and sunny spring so we don't expect these conditions to last long.
Spring on the West Coast is the wet season. It is the time that you can count on getting wet and muddy without trying hard. This year, because we have had a sensational three weeks of continuous sunshine there are a few people looking forward to the rain as their water tanks are getting low. In the bar everyone is coming up with weather predictions - I have heard it predicted that we will have one of the wettest springs on record but I have also heard that since we had a wet June (it was really wet) we should get a dry spring. Maybe we need a sweepstake on the rainfall level? I just hope that my goats get rid of their fluffy coats before the rain hits or they will be in danger of getting waterlogged!
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.