Royal Melbourne Show

Alpacas at the Show

It’s Show time again, and Michael, Meg and I spent about 5 hours wandering around on Sunday morning, looking at the crafts and animals, including a firm favourite – the alpacas.

At least, they had been our favourites, with their liquid-chocolate eyes and lashes long enough to put a drag-queen to shame, until today.

Today we totally fell in love with the goats. 

 I know it sounds silly, but alpacas can be very stand-offish – almost haughty – and although we’ve been inclined to forgive them in the past because they look so beautiful, today they were swept from their pedestal by the very warm and affectionate Boer goats.  These goats were actively seeking attention from show visitors, and won our hearts by revelling in having their ears scratched.  Apart from the sideways-cat eyes, they reminded me so much of dogs that it was almost comical.

Every year I come away from the show wishing that I had enough land to get chooks and ducks and a ruminant or two to keep the grass down and the neighbourhood kids entertained, and this year was no exception.  There are miniature goats – I wonder how they would get along with poodles…


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