The New Kid on the Block: Margherita

Since goats really don’t enjoy being alone–and since I can’t possibly stay by Pasqualina‘s side every minute of the day even though I would love to–we went ahead and got her a playmate.

Meet Margherita:

Margherita! on Flickr

Yes there was some headbutting the first day, but since then, the girls have been getting along quite well; I even peeked in on them one night to find them sleeping with Pasqualina’s head resting on Margherita’ bum.

They often sleep together in this little “cuccia” in the wall of their new pen:

Pasqualina in her "cuccia" on Flickr

Yes, P built them a brand new pen in our new garden area, so now they have their own outdoor space; I think Pasqualina especially appreciates the fresh air since before she was inside most of the day. Here she is ruminating:

Rumination on Flickr

Margherita has really taken to us rather quickly, which surprised me since she’s already three months old and wasn’t used to getting petties all the time (she comes from a herd of 100 or so goats). Oh but she *loves* petties now!

Margherita from above on Flickr

And indeed, our little ‘Rita and little ‘Lina have been getting along quite well:

The girls sharing a branch on Flickr

We’re all looking forward to many fun, faaaabulous times together.

That’s all from the kids today!

Dammi un bacio! on Flickr


P.S. I will announce the winners of La Bella Lingua on Thursday, May 21 (contest still ends the 19th though); there’s still time to enter!

27 Beans of Wisdom to “The New Kid on the Block: Margherita”
  1. Gil

    They are just so cute! The last photo almost looks like a chimp’s mouth. You must be driving all of the village natives crazy having four animals for pets.

    I *do* get a lot of “You love animals, don’t you?” comments 🙂

  2. So cute!!!!! I am glad Pasqualina has a playmate and knibbling partner! 🙂

    Laura at Ciao Amalfi’s last blog post..Sunday Shout-out:

    I think she is too 🙂

  3. 05.18.2009

    They are adorable!! What fun and how nice for Pasqualina to have a friend to hang with when you are busy.

    girasoli’s last blog post..“painted”~ PhotoHunt

    I really do think she’s happier now 🙂

  4. awwh. The kids are too cute. Glad they are getting along.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Rome, Sunday Morning – Men in Tights.

    They really are too cute together 🙂

  5. 05.18.2009

    They are SO cute. Oh my word, now I want a couple of goats…. 😉

    Gill’s last blog post..Bring in the Men in White Coats!

    Uh oh! Hope you have room 🙂

  6. carol

    Hi Michelle, the *Kids* are soooooo adorable. Can’t wait to see them!!!!! Yes, I’m returning in July with my sister and definitely want to meet the kids ….of course, it’d be great to see you too

    Thanks Carol; see you soon 🙂

  7. casalba

    Just lovely. So pleased P. has a friend. Did you check out the Little Ffarm Dairy? xxx Sally

    Yes, it’s a great site! Thanks Sally 🙂

  8. 05.18.2009

    Those two cuties are irresistible. I love their nicknames too. You make me wish I had goats.

    Ciaochowlinda’s last blog post..Stuffed Eggplant

    Hee hee…I wish I could have more 🙂

  9. 05.18.2009

    They are soooooo sweet! They kind of remind me of guinea pigs in terms of personality, eating, etc.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bibliophile must be in want of great summer reading…

    Just slightly larger, but yes, I can definitely see that 🙂

  10. 05.18.2009

    I love the goats! I’d have a yard full of them if I could! Take care!

    Deb R’s last blog post..Twenty Two More Days!

    Me too 🙂

  11. 05.18.2009

    Well as you know I just got two new puppies under the theory that they can keep each other company! I’m not sure how great a theory that was but I know where goats are concerned they need company. Glad ‘lina has a playmate – and keep those pictures coming. How about a video?

    Willym’s last blog post..Lunedy Lunacy

    I know, I really do need to do a video…hope your puppies are getting on 🙂

  12. 05.18.2009

    OMG DOUBLE the cuteness! I love ‘Rita’s ears. They’re both lovely.

    Her little turned up ears are pretty cute, aren’t they? 🙂

  13. Lori

    Oh, they are sooooo cute! That second pic is just way too adorable!! Aaaawwwwwww….

    Thanks Lori 🙂

  14. 05.18.2009

    Oh, they are just darling! Our neighbors just got two kids, and I love hearing them bleat and baa, and watching them romp is one of my favorite afternoon entertainments. Haven’t been able to convince my husband yet, though.

    annoa2’s last blog post..Notes from here…

    They are just darling…I hope you’ll be able to convince him 🙂

  15. 05.18.2009

    What do you feed them? Goat chow? haha
    Do you milk them? I didn’t know if goats are like cows and don’t give milk until they have been pregnant.
    The girls are very cute!

    jmisgro’s last blog post..I made some $$$…

    Actually yes, it is goat chow, sort of…it’s a special feed for them. They also eat hay and fresh grasses, etc. Yes, they need to be preggers/recently mums to have milk, so we’re still several months away from that.

  16. 05.19.2009

    So so cute 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

  17. 05.19.2009

    Can I ask what type of goats they are? I keep telling my husband I want a Pasqualina! Good thing he thinks she’s adorable too!

    Kalee’s last blog post..Pet Peeves

    I don’t think either of them are purebred, but from photos online they seem to be some sort of breed local to here. FYI Maltese goats are *gorgeous* too 🙂

  18. 05.19.2009

    They’re SO CUTE! Give them a pettie from me! 🙂

    Michelle’s last blog post..Dynamo Kyiv Graffiti

    Will do Michelle!

  19. 05.19.2009

    Oh, ciao Margherita! Glad Pasquelina has a friend.

    BeanMa’s last blog post..Turning the Corner

    I think she is too, BeanMa 🙂

  20. 05.19.2009

    Mmm, I sense some fresh goat cheese in the futue.

    Nate’s last blog post..Garlic Cheddar Polenta with Shrimp and Asparagus

    With any luck, YES!

  21. 05.19.2009

    Love, love, love the goats. So very sweet that you acquired a playmate for Pasqualina.

    thotlady’s last blog post..Another one

    I never thought I could love goats this much. Well, maybe I did…always were my favorites in the petting zoo 🙂

  22. 05.20.2009

    A good friend has several goats, plus there is a goat farm not far from here that maskes some of the best goat cheese “in these here parts:D

    Lucky, lucky you!

  23. Elisabete

    they’re so beautiful. and behave like dogs looking at the camera!
    wonderful moments 🙂

    Hee hee…they’re definitely curious about the camera. And my shirt sleeves. And my pant legs….

  24. 05.21.2009

    I *LOVE* them!!! They are SO cute!!!

    I’m so glad all of your girls have playmates. It’s very important!

    I am looking forward to hearing more about them all.



    Ciao bella mia.

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Twilight Reminiscing

    Playmates are *definitely* important. We’re all happier that way, aren’t we? 😉

  25. 05.22.2009

    Giulia the gattina & I say “cute”! Love the Margherita as a name & happy for Pasqualina. Look forward to more pix…so so so sweet.

    bacini & buona notte (or mattina soon for you)


    Hee hee, thanks Susan and Giulia 🙂

  26. 05.22.2009

    oh she’s so cute…I want one!

    Or better yet…two! 😉

  27. 05.27.2009

    double the goat love! Woohoo!

    Indeed Janet 🙂

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