I was lucky enough to receive an invite to visit Joanne's Hobby Farm and got to spend some time with her and her goats. My goal was to take pictures, but I didn't get as many as I wanted to. I was to pre-occupied with the soft little kids falling asleep in my arms. It was the best couple of hours ever. Being there just confirmed to me how much I want that lifestyle and was just what I needed to really start planning it to come to fruition.
Joanne has many different types of goats along with some sheep as well. She collects the fibers and creates the most beautiful Waldorf Dolls from the soft fleece collected by her herd. You can purchase directly from her shop on Etsy called Finannigans 'Waldorf Inspired Handmade Soft Dolls and Toys'. All dolls are excellently crafted and made of natural, ecologically sourced materials. Their sweet simplicity of design allows for truly imaginative play. These toys are stuffed with wool batting which retains the warmth of the child who snuggles it. Joanne will also happily take custom orders. Below are a couple images of her dolls, and click here to get to her Etsy Shop.
From the moment I arrived at her farm and opened up my car door, I was greeted with such a friendly welcome. Her big beautiful dogs were so sweet, and gentle. All her animals were social and the babies were so affectionate. It was such a happy atmosphere! I am so looking forward to returning and learning more about owning goats. Here are a few of my favourite images from the evening.
And... that's all I really can say without going on and on about how much fun I had, and how awesome goats are...
Thanks for reading!
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.