Charlie holding a baby that looks all about chocolate. Also resembles his mommy almost entirely. The markings are all brown. Darker or light, they are chocolate as chocolate can be. The babies were found Saturday night, and were born all naturally. Marc Durrin, the caretaker found them and alerted us to their birth. Tis' the season for kids, and so this was welcome news. Now we have kids that might make Floyd Cardoz smile with glee. Depressed over the earthquake and its aftermath, we needed some good news. This was as sweet as it could get.
Above you can see the other three babies with Charlie. They were all quite active, alert and able. A good sign. One of the mothers was happy feeding all four herself. Not that the other was lazy. Some mothers are just more into the entire birthing ordeal.
Here you see Charlie enjoying being with the goats and sheep. And above, you can see him getting kisses from Monkey Business. Monkey Business and hig elder brother Geoffrey love human contact and play rough. They love any and all affection they can get. They also love head butting and will make sure they run into you from all angles possible. These are two of three goats we were gifted by Angela Miller of Consider Bardwell Farm. The two boys are weathered goats and the third a girl with a deformity that was felt risky for her to go through child-birth. Due to a breach by the bucks year before last, Holly got pregnant and delivered babies last spring. Survived child birth and is doing just fine. The three goats were our first and will always be with us. They came to the farm as pets. Geoffrey is almost a mascot in some ways... he can get away with murder around me. Monkey Business is Charlie's favorite. Holly gets affection from both of us. The three goats are quite different from the others we have because of their physical appearances. Our dairy goats are LaMancha goats that have gopher ears. The three of these have large ears that command attention. Especially when around the gopher eared goats.
Austin Durrin the son of Marc, the caretaker, feeds Geoffrey (upper image) and Monkey Business (image above this text) raisins. They LOVE raisins. They go crazy for raisins. All goats love raisins. Often when raisins are not easily available, one can feed them their food pellets and they are happy enough.
The babies brought some much needed break from what seemed to be an otherwise sad weekend. The evening and night went back to reflection and worry about Japan and what suffering friends, family and theirs were having to live through.
Japan has a long journey ahead to what may be normal in time. Till then, we hope that all will support this country of epic discipline, resillience and dignity in all ways possible. In tragedy Japan has shown the world much to emulate and learn from. Perhaps the world has understood these lessons and will ensure they are never forgotten. That too can in some ways be a positive coming out of this mayhem in Japan at this moment in time.