Thursday, September 10, 2009

We Went Adventuring!

Yesterday we took a ride out to the country, just 30 minutes from where we live. We made new friends, 4 legged ones and two legged ones. The ladies who manage this goat farm are lovely women a mother and daughter team. The daughter is a spirited woman who wrestles with an awful disease of degeneration; but she has spirit and uses her energy to create goat soaps and work her farm. Joy in adversity, what a testimony of the power of God's grace.

These little ladies are so tame. They are just precious, they know their names and love to be petted. We met them to purchase their milk. We brought gifts of bread, hoping that in the future we might trade baked goods for milk. We will have more time now and plenty of wheat.

Hello ladies. Their milk is very good. I never drank raw goat milk before and it's delicious. Kayla loved it. Our next adventure will be learning how to make goat cheese and also some yogurt. For now we are just drinking it up. I would love to have a barn of my own with some of these lovelies in it. If we ever do I know where I am going to buy my goats. These girls barn had a nice nutty earthy smell that I have always liked. We talked together for several hours the women are so knowledgeable. They let us taste the cheese they make and gave us a sample of their soap. It was a lovely outing.

We took the back roads home and stopped at this veggie market. It's one of my favorite places in Mississippi. They have great produce, local honey, homemade jams, molasses, sorghum syrup, and fresh boiled peanuts every day. This is a place we can't just drive by, must stop. Car turns by itself and knows the way.

See what I mean? This is just the parking lot. I am after some of those peaches from South Georgia. They are scrumptious. Kayla eagle eyes some swan necked gourds. She got one and she'll cut it to get the seeds for next year. I have been cleaning up our garden, a little at a time, and what a mess it is. Nope no pictures of that, it's embarrassing.

Yum, a little green but they will ripen up. My last basket was perfect.

Somebody is getting cute with the camera. We are going to drive across the reservoir to go home and it's going to be great. I love to look out there and pretend it's the Monterrey Bay. Yep, I know it's a stretch but I did say PRETEND.

A boater having fun and my passenger is a pretty good shot with my little camera. It's really pretty don't you think? One of Mississippi's best features is the reservoir it's huge.

Kayla was having fun snapping different shots for you.

There is some pricey property over there. That was our afternoon. We came home put up our produce and cold milk and had some supper with Pa. After all that fresh air and sun I was ready to relax so I turned in early and continued reading "My Antonia," by Willa Cather. She is an excellent writer. I picked up this pretty red leather copy for $1 at the thrift store. I'm combing my book shelves for unread collections and am hitting the jackpot.

What have you been up to with this fine fall weather?


Unknown said...

Sounds like a September day full of good memories and fun times. That reservoir looks so refreshing!

Tricia said...

Sounds like a fabulous day! :)

Becky said...

Love goats!

Karen said...

You just never stop, do you? Always learning new things. That's awesome.

So when are you getting your own goats?

Debbie in CA : ) said...

What a GREAT adventure! So glad you pursued the goat's milk. Trading bread for milk? What a great idea.

I'm playing with my new yogurt maker today. : D

Elizabeth has My Antonia next on her list. I LOVE Willa Cather. I'm sure you've read her classic, O Pioneers! If not, get it. I'm reading Madeleine L'Engle's Crosswick Journals -- POWERFUL! May post about it after I finish playing with this yogurt. ; D

Gotta go! LOVE YOU!

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

What a lovely day trip. Gotta love those sweet goats! I reread "My Antonia" last winter. It had been high school since the last read and it meant so much more with some maturity in me.

Mental P Mama said...

What a wonderful day! I love goat's milk and goat cheese. And I LOVE Willa Cather! Enjoy;)

Michelle said...

That sounds like such a wonderful day out together. I would love to have a few goats on our farm, but we have a coyote problem. Best of luck with cheese and yogurt making.

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

Oh what fun! There is a lady here in town that makes Goat's Milk soap and I may try to get some for my daughter's dry skin.

I do miss drives out in the country. We only have 14 miles of road here, so a long Sunday drive isn't very long at all.

Your smorgasbord looked so yummy--can I drop by for a visit?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Sounds like a great time!
Next time I wanna go. tee hee

Chris H said...

Pretty pictures. And any water is good ... I love being near water!
The market looks great, I do believe my car goes to the mall all on it's own too! LOL

Unknown said...

I think goats are so sweet : ) I hope you can barter one day. That would be lovely : )

Yolanda said...

Is that the Ross Barnett resvoir I see. I wish I could cook bread that didn't turn out to be hockey pucks.