Friday, July 11, 2008

This

You know what this is? This is about a 3 tablespoons of sheep milk. It has been a slow process. First I got Brida to come and eat oats in my vicinity. Then I got her to eat oats out of a bowl while I held the bowl. Then I got her to eat oats from the bowl between my feet and I grabbed onto her horns while she did. Then, the next day, I got her to eat oats from a bowl between my feet, grabbed onto her horns and had Rhiannon pet her and reach down and touch her milk bag. The next day, with my friend Monique, I grabbed her horns, Monique held them and I got a wee bit of milk to squeeze out. She thrashed around while I tried and there was dirt in the milk but I tasted it and it tasted like ice cream - I could swear there was vanilla in there! And then today, I grabbed her horns and held her while our neighbour girl who milks their two goats came and milked her. And this is how much we got. Tomorrow, she's going to help me while Dean holds her horns. It seems like incredibly fast progress to me! And I have a glass with a wee bit of sheep milk in it in the fridge!

7 comments:

Joanne said...

Wow...sounds promising! Happy Birthday...sounds like a lovely day.

Mary-Sue said...

yum. can't wait for a big bottle of it!!!

Laura said...

exciting! will milking always involve holding the horns or is that just until she gets used to it?

Caroline said...

congratulations!

bum.by.the.sea said...

yeah, that's really exciting. is she the only one you'll be able to milk for awhile?

Andrea said...

Yes, 2 of the others are ewe lambs and won't be able to be milked until after they've had a lamb and then the other one, is a ram lamb....

Andrea said...

Oh, and I am thinking that holding the horns may last quite sometime - either that or we will design a milking station that accommodates horns... I'm going to try it tomorrow with Dean.