November 4, 2010

G is for Goat

In the far, far west of Mongolia, in the great province of Hovd I've introduced before, we were driving through godforsaken yet glorious landscape when we came upon this family with their ger (aka yurt) tending their goats.


 


 Hovd, 2007

Besides watching the males sit idly by while the females worked, I found it amusing to see the goats all tied up. Yet after the milking was done, one small tug on the rope released them all and they galloped into the barren rocky field that had not a blade of greenery.
 
These goats are good not only for the nutritious milk they produce - and from which butter and cheese are made - or for the gratifying grub they one day become, but also for the grand cashmere wool shorn from their necks that is knitted into glamorous sweaters and shawls.

And this is posted for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday, where others are joining in the G fun.

30 comments:

Evelyn said...

Fantastic shots. What a landcape and what a life. Fascinating.

Annesphamily said...

What a great photo! My oldest son has had a fascination with goats his whole life. Great ! Anne

A 2 Z said...

Nice G post! Women working while men watch...universal theme! LOL Beautiful photos as usual Francisca!

Anne-Marie

Vicki said...

Love informative posts! Wonder how they get them all gathered together for the next milking....

Kay L. Davies said...

These goats seem to be very well cared for, Francisca. It's fascinating that they were all tied with one rope, and one tug set them all off to their rocky pasture. I wonder what they found there to eat.
Beautiful pictures of an amazing land and its people.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Dina said...

What's with the blue-painted horns?
I wonder how they catch the does to wrap that one rope around their neck.
Great picture of the squatting/sitting men.

VP said...

Picturesque, but I am not sure to like all that goats around!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Great galloping goats! This post has wonderful pictures and goat info I never knew.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Perfect photos to Go with the Letter G and Goats. Such interesting information and Great travel story with a Universal theme...womans work is never done!

tracy said...

Your pictures are awe worthy. I need to travel now - tomorrow!
Tracy

tapirgal said...

You really do get the portraits - of goats and people, too. I love that particular color of blue. It's nice to see it on their horns :) I use it often in collages.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Great photos!

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Denise said...

A fascinating post Francisca, how wonderful to come across a sight such as this.

Sue said...

What an interesting post! Thanks.

=)

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos and very interesting information!
thanks!

Christy said...

What glorious pictures - a lifestyle and culture I know nothing about! thanks for sharing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this post Francisca! A great photo essay. It's amazing how much good comes from that one humble animal.

Hilda said...

Fascinating! Though it doesn't sound like an easy life either. I've never seen long-haired goats before.

Judie said...

Fascinating post! I love your pictures. So what exactly is the men's job, other than watching the women work?

JM said...

I love every single shot! Wonderful post.

Jo said...

wonderful shots ... i wonder what the men of this culture actually do .... the cooking???

Carolyn Ford said...

Amazing shots! I love the "people" shots doing what people do in this part of the world.

Pondside said...

What a hard life - a hard place to be a woman.

Cheryl D. said...

That sounds like it was some trip!

Jenny said...

What an amazing journey you took us on with this little stop for Alphabe-Thursday.

Your words and pictures transported me to an exotic lands filled with scents and visions and ways of life I have never experienced.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful "G" with us.

A+

BEAR's Mom said...

This was a very informative share...nice pictures...
Makes me really GRATEFUL that I don't live in Mongolia...

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Great photos and great blog! How interesting your life is. I have lived in Texas my whole life and have no itch to wander. Maybe I just have too many ties that bind.

Kaori said...

Goodness! Your goat photos are fantastic! I love the first one with their backsides in a row ;-D

Teresa said...

How fascinating. I did have to chuckle about watching the women work while them men sat. Nice G post!