Sunday, November 06, 2005

ESC molests a goat 

I shudder at the Google implications of my title.

So YES! Kev and I took a cheese making class on Saturday. We dragged ourselves out of bed at the crack of...er...8am or so...and drove a little ways south to the home of a woman named Mary who raised goats and made cheese for the fun of it. She can't sell it...yet.

Anyway, Mary was SUPER cool. She showed us how just by heating up the milk to different temperatures and varying when you add the renet produces different kinds of cheese.

cheese molds

She did everything in her kitchen, which is a HUGE "hey I can do this" factor. We all brought food to share (I brought sausage, onions and peppers), and Mary had a huge spread of all the different cheeses she made, and some her friends made.

cheesey spread

And yes...there were goats. She took us to the barn where we were first greeted by this guy:

how YOU doin?

He was kept penned up because apparently he gets a little jealous when people start hanging around his "wimmen." DOWN BOY!

Then we got the milking demonstration, and YES! I PARTICIPATED!

first time milker

I thought I did pretty well...until this girl who had a goat of her own sat down. She got a full gallon of milk in about 3 minutes.

champion goat milker

Show off.

Then we took a walk around the property she had a few acres of beautiful land that included a very pretty stream. The goats were like dogs, they followed us on our hike and kept us company.

more action goats!

There was also an elderly horse that I made friends with. When you stopped petting her, and turn away, maybe to pet a goat, she would get VERY offended and nudge your back. Then when you turned away from the goat to pet the horse, the goat would nose your butt. FUN!

new friend

All in all, it was a beautiful day, and we had a GREAT time. The class was supposed to be over by 2:30, but it was almost 5 by the time we left. Between the long day, the walking, and the copious amounts of cheese (mmmm...cheese...), when we got home, we PASSED OUT! No nookie...no NOTHING....just zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....for hours.

into the woods

all the pictures from our cheese making experience can be found here.