Well, we did it! We have now added 4 more Golden Guernsey goats to the home herd. I thought long and hard about it, but when push came to shove, I knew that I could not say no to a few more of these very laid back and beautiful girls when the opportunity arose.
Anyhow, we bought our original 3 Guernseys from Bailey and Thomas at Ardelia Farm in the northeast kingdom of Vermont. And we went to get these 4 from Ardelia as well because they are scaling back their animal involvement in favor of the businesses that are actually making them money. Good one on them! So we lucked out.
Anyhow, Sam and I left Bristol at 5 a.m. on the dot yesterday morning, each of us driving our vehicles in tandem, tarps and straw all at the ready in the back of our vehicles. It was a blustery day with pretty serious snow squalls in the White Mountains, but we took it easy and arrived in northern Vermont about 10:20 a.m. (We stopped for a bathroom and coffee break in Gorham, NH, and then the darn GPS took us on a two-lane road in Vermont that by-passed interstate 93, but we were driving behind a geezer going about 30 mph for many, many miles, so it didn’t save us any time. Very frustrating!).
Anyhow, Bailey and Thomas of Ardelia Farm are really lovely people and we totally appreciate being able to get more Guernsey stock from them. The four girls we brought home are as cute as buttons, and nicely laid back. They did the drive with no drama, and we will deal with the vehicle clean-out later today. We were too exhausted from the 10-hour trip to do anything yesterday afternoon other than tuck them in, and the vehicles aren’t going anywhere!
Dorcas, Delta, Elleganza and Edna are comfortably ensconced in a little pen of their own for the moment. We will have a chance to get to know them better in the next few days and will see how they like living with us on the coast (although it is 10F here this morning, which should not be much of a change for them!). We will have to start knitting little goat booties, too, as they are all bred and probably due in late February…