Spinning at the Goat Show

Perhaps I should have titled this multi-tasking at the Goat Show.

It was the last weekend in April, so for the third year running, Renata, David Abigail and I could be found at the Prince Of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo, surrounded by boer goats, woodturners, saanen goats, chrysanthemums, cashmere goats, giant pumpkins [309 kilograms!! ] angora goats, fabulous food, mini goats, local food producers, nubian goats  … and alpacas.

We were basically there to pad out the ‘exhibits’, do a favour for our favourite goat gurus Pete-and-Brenda, and to add a bit of Ye Olde Worlde local colour.


I took one of the upright [castle] spinning wheels and spun appropriately goat-y cashmere/mohair, Nadie was demonstrating supported spinning using a spindle turned by a local Bendy bloke by the name of Jeff, who, we are reliably informed, was there amongst the woodturners, [ shame we couldn’t remember the name of Tara’s supplier  of wonderful turned thingies ]

050 David who isn’t really an ‘animal’ person, was fairly resigned to a boring weekend, and Abby cornered the market on being cute and adorable [ although these ladies came a close second ]


As you can see from the video, Nadie has fully mastered the art of Mummy multi-tasking, although she feels this wasn’t her BEST spinning, given that she couldn’t see what the heck she was doing over Abby.

Call me biased if you like, but I think she’s pretty damn impressive.



5 thoughts on “Spinning at the Goat Show

  1. sue says:

    Your daughter makes spinning look so easy on the spindle. I have never tried it but she does quite well while holding the baby too. She is a little cutie and so good sitting there!

  2. Aussie Maria says:

    I wish Nadie could teach me to spin. She makes it look so easy. Love the colour too.
    And I loved the close up of Abby, such a sweetie

  3. Impressive indeed – she is spinning such fine, even yarn! And Miss Abby is so calm 🙂 David looks pretty chilled about the whole thing and the braces are very cool

  4. donna lee says:

    She makes it looks so easy. That’s one thing that being a mom taught me, multitasking. I’m always amazed at the people who can only do one thing at a time. Must not have had kids.

  5. Lynne says:

    Yes, I was pretty impressed with Nadie’s spinning too! I can’t make a drop spindle work and am even worse with a supported spindle — she seems to be able to do anything, even with a baby “in the way”!

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