I haven't posted for a while because I got distracted, researching angora goats.
I would love to keep angora goats!
The trouble is you need about a quarter of an acre of land per goat, apparently, and goats are herd animals so one goat would be lonely - you'd need a minimum of two - a minimum of half an acre of land.
And, I read somewhere that if you have your goats on one piece of land for too long, you get a build-up of parasites. The thing to do apparently, is to divide your land into four and then rotate the goats around each of the four sections - thereby preventing the parasite problems. I'm not sure whether you divide your half an acre into four, or whether you actually need two whole acres, divided into quarters...?
I'm thinking though, angora goats - with their long woolly coats - maybe they're not your ideal 'starter goat'? So do you start small (literally), with pygmy goats, or - given that they'll be with you a good long time - do you leap in at the deep end with angoras?
Needless to say, these questions are academic right now - I don't have two acres of land, sadly. It is a dream for the future. In the meantime, I will content myself with reading up about them.
Anyway, I have managed to get one little bear completed. This is Ellie - a tiny little bear, about 4.5 inches in height when sitting on the ground. She comes with a yellow brushed cotton pouffe, with a turquoise button. Seated on the pouffe, she measures about 6.5 inches.