February 2, 2011

"Where in the Sam Hill is Yamhill?" or "I would go anywhere with a goat!"

This weekend was my awesome Goat Adventure. Ophelia and I picked up Wilbur and Granny at New Moon Goat Sanctuary on Sunday morning and headed south to Yamhill, Oregon. 

We arrived at Apifera Farm at dusk and were greeted by braying donkeys, a herd of sheep and a 'ram'bunctious goat named Frankie. We said hello to Katherine and Martyn and got our charges unloaded and introduced to their new digs. Granny made herself right at home; Wilbur was a bit shy but made the rounds and was happy to have a 'welcome-to-your-new-home' cookie, or two. Katherine's pockets are filled with cookies at all times...part of the Apifera Farm magic, I suspect.
We got the grand farm tour and were pleased to meet the gentle Guinnias; the donkeys, Pino, Paco and Lucia; the big goats, Stella and Iris; and we waved at the sheep and the chickens. We watched the bats come out at dusk from the barn (our family LOVES bats) and hoped for an owl sighting.

Then we went into the warm and cosy farmhouse to get our pie and meet the indoor menagarie. I snuggle-bunnied Itty Bitty Etta too much, I presume, because the only photos I could get were blurry from her smoothing her ruffled fur! So I opted for a little video of her doing just that!

The One-eyed Pug kept close watch over his Etta but was very willing to be petted and ooh-ed and ahh-ed over. Big Tony 'allowed' us to give him a pet...we realize we can be a lot to take in all at once. Huck was exhuberent with his hello, to say the least. And Muddy was a fine host, as well.

Katherine sent us away with bundles and bundles of their beautiful lavender, some of her joyful postcards and the 'pie'...homemade apple with donkey cut-outs on top...Sweet!

My lavender in my sunshiny window!
I wish we would have gotten there sooner. I wish we could have stayed longer. I wish we didn't have to say good-bye to our wonderful goat travel companions. It was kinda lonely on the way home...Ha!

Shy, but oh so handsome, Wilbur.

Sweet Granny with her semi-toothless grin.
This old girl had a 3-pack a day Baaaaahh that cracked us up!
But a delightful traveler.
We have to say our Goat Adventure was a huge success all the way around. Thanks to Ellen and Katherine for all the beautiful work you do for these creatures.

I highly recommend you visit Katherine's blog for so many beautiful photos, stories and opportunities to help these wonderful animals of Apifera!


  1. Ewe completely crack me up - get it? "ewe"? I crack myself up sometimes!
    Love this - and you for having such a huge heart! If and when I bring some little ewes to live on the farm, you will have to come meet them!
    See you soon!

  2. Will you deliver me a goat in Romania? I really, really want a goat or two one of these days. Next month I get chicks again for my birthday. I can't wait.

    P.S. Have you heard the news that we are coming home for a visit? Can't wait to see you all.

  3. Oh, Lisa, what fun!! Great blog and pics (as always!) I grew up on a small farm and we had goats and sometimes a few kids. I really miss being on a farm and hope to have a small farm in our empty nest years. Thanks for posting and sharing your wonderful trip. The lavender and apple pie pics look especially yummy.
    Peace, love, and all the good life stuff, my friend!

  4. Lisa, you are a cutie-petootie . . . thanks for leaving such sweet, cheerful messages!!

    See ya Saturday,


  5. I don't know how I missed this post! But it is wonderful.