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Our first outing for this year took us to Whistle Bare Goat Farm beside Bowsden.
We began in the ‘maternity ward’ where 40 expectant mothers of the 150-strong herd were waiting to give birth.
Delightful proprietor Alice Elsworth began by clearing up one misconception – angora goats produce mohair. It is rabbits from which angora comes.
It was quite obvious how dedicated Alice is to her tribe, knowing all their pet names, as well as pedigrees.
She is also accomplished in shearing on her specially designed clipping machine, which allows the goats the more comfortable position of being clipped in a standing stance.
The fleeces are worsted and spun in Yorkshire, being returned to be uniquely dyed by Alice in a variety of wonderful colours, and are available for sale in her studio.
Members were fascinated by the antics of three very young kids in their little compound and Alice brought out the youngest one to be petted.
In a comfortable lounge, we enjoyed homemade cake and refreshments before viewing the studio.
Our next Get Together is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 11am, in Tweedmouth Bowling Club. New members most welcome.