Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I Can Taste That Scone Now

Tomorrow I am getting up at the crack of dawn to make my way to the Western Washington State Fair, in Puyallup, in the shadow of beautiful Mt. Rainer (I just put that in so I could show a picture I took of the mountain the other day), to show goats. I'm pretty excited because I haven't shown a goat in at least 30 years. Damn I'm old. I won't be taking Cora Belle but will get to show Betty who is Cora Belle's double. I am also hoping to show a LaMancha or two. I went over to the goat farm on Sunday and we practiced our walking and standing and shaved a whole lot of goat tails. Betty has a few good moves she will perform for the judge. The first go around will be the circus walk where she walks on her hind legs while I hold on to balance her. Followed by a pirouette that is sure to impress. Then the next go round will be her princess walk that should clinch it for her. The best goat by far was a darling recorded grade LaMancha named Binky. She walked nicely and then stopped and let me place her feet. When I was done she burped up her cud and started to chew contently, standing calmly while the judge (the goatfarmer) went over her. I may just have to take her in the showmanship class. Yes, I am entering showmanship. They are giving out baskets full of stuff to the first 4 places. I want a basket, but remember it's been 30 years and the back ain't what it used to be. But you can't win a basket if you don't enter the ring. I have my dairy whites freshly ordered from Landsend overstocks and I'm ready to go.
I will surely have a story to tell and lots of pictures to share. Oh yeah and I'm going to eat lots of scones.
So wish me luck.

12 comments:

Pine Pod Farm said...

Mmmm scones!

Clare said...

Isn't "our mountain" just beautiful?

Sending you good thoughts for awesome showing at the fair. Can't wait to hear all about it!

Tracey said...

GOOD LUCK!!
Wow, I didn't know goats did such tricks :)

Twinville said...

Aaahhhhh...scones. With lemon curd and clotted cream. Wonderful memories of my time in London.

Please enjoy a scone for me, and have a great time.
I can't wait to read/see all about the goat show and fair when you get back.

Take care and be safe,
Lisa
~Laughing Orca Ranch
New Mexico

Twinville said...

Oh and I forgot to say that your photos are gorgeous!
But that 'mountain' scares me a little. Isn't it overdue for a volcanic eruption? It looks so ominous. And I read not long ago in Natl Geo that with it's two volcanic craters and it's heavily glaciated sides that an eruption would be catastrophic to the surrounding area.
Give me chills just thnking about it.
How close are you to Mt Ranier?

Pat said...

Good Luck to you!

I visited Seattle and didn't see the mountain for the fisrt week , then suddenly, tada! There it was!
No wonder the people love their mountain...

FoxMeadowsFarmgirl said...

Awww- say hi to the fair for me!! Especially the demo dairy! =) Many fond memories of "my" little milking parlor! Have a wonderful time and best of luck in the showring! Maybe your goat will pack the basket out for you! ;)

Marigold said...

Dancing With The Stars is next. I can give her some pointers there. Please eat a Peanut scone for me. And, if Betty wins, please DO NOT tell Peanut. He's bad enough as it is.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I can tell, you will have the most talented goats there, hope your white pants stay white! :)

Pamela said...

Gorgeous mountain and another hilarious post. Love reading your stories...always gives me a giggle in the mornings.

Good luck on the show!

FoxMeadowsFarmgirl said...

Hi! Just thought I'd share a funny youtube post with you! It's got a fiar bit of swearing in it, but it's in British English, so it's cute! ;) Its about farming for profit. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pDTiFkXgEE or search for The Mitchell and Webb Situation- Farming on Youtube if that doesn't work. Enjoy!

ga.farmwoman said...

Good luck to you and Betty! 30 years- hmmm. Quite a while. I am sure you will do wonderful and bring home a blue ribbon.(Is that what you get?)
The pictures are beautiful.