This weekend was our last in Melbourne, which will be depressed beyond belief. Fortunately, it consisted mostly of baby goats and was quite heroic. Should you not enjoy goats 1) you you might want to need to bypass this post and 2) why.
Main Ridge Dairy Tour
Peter and I spent most of Friday packing and doing non-exciting moving chores. Anyone else think moving is among the top 5 most annoying/time consuming/frustrating tasks in life?
Saturday Peter labored and I headed down to get a small tour of the farm to Primary Ridge Dairy with Lauren and Matt. Lauren is to the Primary Ridge VIP e-mail list (hard core pornography) and they did this same tour a year ago. After seeing pictures of all infant goats they got to to put up, I was thrilled this year to join them.
I love how they just kneel down randomly.
The owner of the farm gathered our tour and we headed into the field to meet the goats. They are clearly decently intelligent creatures, because they recognized the owner and came running over to us. I'm sure they were just hoping for some food, but we felt like they were super excited to see us.
We toured the pastures where little baby goats were being born pretty much daily, and then stopped at the baby goat pen to play with the little guys. At first they didn't know what to make of us, but they quickly warmed up.
In fact, it turns out goats really, really love hair, so pretty soon Lauren and I were being mobbed by baby goats trying to eat our hair. Disgusting? Yes. Simultaneously cute? Yes.
At the end of the tour, Lauren asked about what they do with all the goats. Main Ridge has a really amazing selection of goat cheeses, so some are used for their own purposes, but most of the males are given away. She actually offered us a few free goats, but we had to (sadly) decline, which was somewhat painful. I've always thought of myself as the type of person who would never, under any circumstances, turn down a free goat.
On Sunday, Peter and I went to our last footy game. We've been to four or five over the past two years and have really enjoyed them. We have been casual Richmond fans, and they were playing on Sunday, so it was the perfect opportunity to bid farewell to our careers as footy spectators. We got to see a beautiful sunset, and underdog Richmond was actually winning for the first three quarters. Unfortunately, they pretty much blew a huge lead to lose the game, which was sort of what we have come to expect from any team we cheer for. We are from Minnesota, after all ;). It was still fun to watch, and we left a bit sad that we wouldn't be watching any more footy games (live, at least) any time soon.
This week has been a whirlwind of selling furniture, canceling services, setting up things in the States for our return, and feverishly trying to hit up all our favorite restaurants. I think we are in a bit of denial that our time in Australia is coming to an end in just a few short days. We are looking forward to seeing family and friends much more frequently, but it's not going to be easy to say goodbye to our lives in Melbourne.