Sunday, November 25, 2012

On a Goat Trail


Thanksgiving holidays gave us four days of togetherness, lovely family time, and celebration with our friends. 


Early Thanksgiving morning we took a little road trip to visit our friends Ginger and Bob, and our goats-friends. Forty minutes drive took us through a beautiful country side.


Upon our arrival, Ginger offered a walk with her goats.

Let me introduce you Miss Hadley... 
 I could never say "no" to such graceful invitation...

Goats are very intelligent creatures: 

 they took us to our first stop:

the persimmon tree, one of their favorite treats.
Bob knocked off the tree one of the ripest and most delicious persimmons I've ever tasted. 

Hadley and other girls enjoyed their "persimmon" stop...

Another gourmet stop along the way: apparently, those red leaves don't just look beautiful...
Hadley's having some "me" time...
Back on the trail...

we found some pecans...

and girls found some "berry" tasty treats...

We met this confused cow. I wonder: is she confused about her twisted horns (see, one horn is twisted up, another- down), or the hikers on the trail?
Ginger and Bob: happy family and happy goats...

Upon our return from the walk Hadley went to check out a feeder,
but was taken aback by the view ...

 only for a moment...

When we were driving back home, the husband said: "No wonder that milk tastes so good..." 
Nothing more, nothing less...

That tasty milk makes a delicious cheese too.
Dill goat cheese on rye bread

Happy friends and happy goats made another family Thanksgiving happy. 

She is definitely next American Goat Model! :)

Thank you, Ginger and Bob, 
and thank's to the girls!

See you,
Marina

46 comments:

  1. What a delightful day. I haven't eaten a persimmon in years but I always loved them...after a frost! Looks like a nice cool day for a walk! Hugs!

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    1. Diane, yes, it was a lovely day for a walk. Thanks for your comments! They always warm my heart. :)

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  2. I think we were writing messages at exactly the same time! I love when that happens! BIG hugs!

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    1. You were right, how cool is that!?! Big warm hugs to you, Diane! :)

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  3. Such a quaint experience--I've never known anyone to talk strolls with goats before, but it's no wonder you guys get such delicious dairy. Thank you for sharing--it looks like you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Oh yes, those goats produce such a delicious milk, and then I make kefir, cheeses, we drink milk, and Ginger makes great goat milk soaps! Plus those goats are a great company! :)

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  4. What a wonderful way to spend a day over the holidays - much better than breaking down the door of a department store for a new TV! Looks like there are still some colourful leaves left on the trees, too. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you Katy. It was a lovely walk indeed. We didn't need to break any doors for a new TV as we don't watch TV, so the one we have is plenty! :)

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  5. Marina, what an interesting post you got here. I always tell my husband when we have a house-farm (my dream), we are going to have goats for sure! Milk, cheese - yum! I love it. I am happy that you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Have a good week my friend!

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    1. That is my dream too! OK, I have an idea, we need to buy houses then next to each other and have one farm. I want goats and sheeps. Actually, if you have a house, you can still have a goat. Goats don't need too much space as long as you walk them every day. :)

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  6. Aww, I want to take goats for a walk! I used to take my chickens for a walk but it's not the same thing. :)

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    1. You had a very smart chickens, Maureen, if they went for a walk with you...:)

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  7. What a wonderful and relaxing way to spend the day!
    I love goat cheese with dill and love your plating and presentation as always :)

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    1. Thank you Sawsan! You know, my new apartment is too light and I am still looking for a perfect spot to take photos... :)

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  8. Great photos Marina! I love the fall crisp air and sunshine filled days. A beautiful walk with friends and the farmy animals sure beats fighting the crowds at the stores. Take Care, BAM

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    1. We did that Black Friday sopping only once to experience it,and that was enough... :) Time with family and friends is priceless.

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  9. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The goats are SO cute! Hehe hubby was pushed over by a goat when he was little and has held a joking grudge ever since :)

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    1. I had the similar experience with grandmother's cow. :)

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  10. I can see that you had really good time :-)If only our lives had only such beautiful moments :-) All the best Marina :-)

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    1. For ballance in our life we need to experience all kind of moments... :)

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  11. Wonderful photographs!I like goats too: they are sweet and calm animals. You had a great time here.

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    1. Hi Alida, oh we did have a great time indeed! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  12. We had a goat when I was growing up but it was male and quite a bad tempered creature. It would charge as soon as you stepped foot into its field. These seem like far more even tempered and indeed useful creatures.

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    1. Oh Liz, those goats are like pets, they are so charming and have great manners. :)

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  13. Haha goats are so good. your post made me smile x

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  14. What a delightful way to spend Thanksgiving. I am so wanting some of those persimmons.

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    1. Thanks Norma. Those persimmons don't look like the store bough at all. I think they are wild, but so-so tasty.

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  15. What a lovely Thanksgiving you enjoyed, thank you for sharing it with us.
    :-) Mandy

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    1. This post is most popular post on my blog. Who knew! :)

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  16. What a lovely Thanksgiving, to be surrounded by family and friends and just enjoying the beauty of nature and animals. What a beautiful walk and to be able to enjoy fresh milk and turn it into something more.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Those animals are so fun to be around. They definitely made our day! :)

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  17. You had the most fantastic Thanksgiving Marina! I wish I could take a walk like this! So serene and natural!

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    1. When you come over I'll take you for a walk! :)

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  18. Thanks for a stroll through the countryside Marina! The fall leaves are beautiful, and I love persimmons and goat cheese. MMMMM!

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    1. Hi Della, it is nice to see you here again! :) I missed you. I am glad you enjoyed the walk...

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  19. Looks like a wonderful day! Love the goat pictures - they're so cute!

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    1. I loved taking pictures of those goats, and one of them didn't mind, she even posed for it. So cute!

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  20. It is wonderful to spend time with your family during holidays and you seem to had great time.

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    1. Balvinder, thanks! We did have a good time together indeed... :)

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  21. Hi Marina! I love the photos of the goats. They're so darn cute! What a great way to spend Thanksgiving, out in nature and with some good friends. I so want one of those goat cheese hors d'ourves.

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    1. Hi Jacquelyn, I know, those goats put a smile on my face for a few days, and then more when I look at those photos! :)

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  22. Hi Marina - this is such a fun post - fun walk, fun goats!! I adore goat cheese... I'd love to be able to make my own, but can't find goat milk anywhere sadly. And you've answered something I was wondering about... what persimmons grew on (a tree... who'd a thunk it... I thought maybe it was a bush). Have to say I'm not a huge fan of them - they always seem overly sweet with no real definable taste, but it's cool you found some pecans (by the way, did you know, in France, persimmons are called "kaki"? :D)

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    1. I found out that I love goats too, I have loved goat cheese for a long time though... :) Those goats are so cute, and smart too. You should see how they wait in line when Ginger milks them. I am surprised you can't find goat milk, what about those famous farmer's markets? That's how I found this lady: I was buying soap from her on our local market, and one day it hit me: goat milk soap, I should ask her where she gets her milk.
      When we lived in Seattle, I had almost all my food from the local farms.I would ask some questions at the market, then I would come back for more produce and with more questions, and then they would allow me to come to their farms and pick what I wanted for a reasonable price. And all I wanted is to know what tree my apples, apricots, peaches, etc come from... :)
      What a word for persimmons, well some people think it is "kaki" indeed. :)
      Guess what I am making? Chevre... :)

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