Friday, February 22, 2008

gardens and goats in christchurch

this was great day. we roamed this charming town, and loved every corner. most of the day was simple discovery: a cafe, a bookstore, a museum, a beautiful garden and for just a few moments, a little sunshine. the highlight of today came in the evening, back on the farm. greg, our wonderful host, asked us to herd in the goats. he explained very carefully how to properly accomplish this task, i (w) heard nothing. during the whole explanation, i just envisioned myself running (frolicking, really) through the field, calling and chasing after the goats, in a graceful yet run-a-muck sort of way. so i did just that, and the goats did not like me. turns out his whole explanation entailed words like "calm, easy, slow and no big movements." missed that. it took a little more time, but the goats made their way. here's my favorite part... our host asked joe to pierce tags into the ears of the little baby goats. it was a sad moment when joe didn't clamp down hard enough, and the little goat would have to go through the whole piercing thing twice. what an amazing experience. stay tuned, the shearing comes tomorrow. p.s. a little bad news: we did our first load of laundry tonight. joe's favorite shirt is now pink, bright pink. look for it in future photos, i don't think he can handle tossing it.

4 comments:

matt's wife said...

adventures galore. We miss you two!
Have a blast, and make a scarf out of all that sheeps wool, k?
It looks beautiful there! (hey, this sounds silly, but would you be willing to take Flat Stanley around with you for my class?) I'll email you details if you want...
Love,
Kristen

Zac, Hillary, Malakai & Hana said...

Looks like fun times in NZ guys. Shearing and piercing sheep, what great adventures. Can't wait to see your camper van and hear the stories about that. Love you guys and we will keep tracking you from here.
Zac

Miriam Maneevone said...

Wool must be great in NZ. Get some that you like and send it home for me to knit you up something for Christmas. Love you- Mom

Tatum said...

I love it! I love your first experience of laundry...tell Joe that Eric can definitely empathize. I can imagine wanoodle frolicking through the fields as the goats run the opposite direction...

Keep the updates coming guys :)
tates