Della Downs Heritage Angora Goats

Lill Roberts and Roger Sawley have a beautiful property in South Gippsland, Victoria where they breed, among other animals, Heritage Angora Goats. When our Mary and Martha’s Group was invited to visit we eagerly grabbed our cameras, coats and farm boots and made tracks through the rolling hills to Della Downs. I was so thrilled to be able to ‘meet’ two of the Angoras and though I didn’t have any treats to give them they were inquisitive and friendly. They are easy to fall in love with and a lot of fun to boot. All in all a wonderful time watching Lill give demonstrations of washing, dyeing, carding and spinning then winding the finished product into balls of mohair. I couldn’t resist acquiring some of the yarn; it is so soft and fluffy and knits up beautifully. You can find out more about Lill and Roger’s industry at: delladownsangoras.com.au 

Lill washes then dyes the fleece.

Lill washes then dyes the fleece.

Lill has all the gadgets, including a carding machine. Here s

Lill has all the gadgets, including a carding machine. Here she demonstrates hand carding.

 

Mohair ready for spinning .

Mohair ready for spinning .

Lill makes spinning look so easy. I have done spinning in the past and it is so much fun, I loved seeing it all once again.

Lill makes spinning look so easy. I have done spinning in the past and it is so much fun, I loved seeing it all once again.

Lill holds a newborn kid. When she put it back with the oe the baby jumped up and stood on her mother's back.

Lill holds a newborn kid. When she put it back with the doe the baby jumped up and stood on her mother’s back.

 

Lovely views

Lovely views.

Saying hello to my new friends.

Saying hello to my new friends.

The bag I knitted for Lill from her mohair yarn. Love those goats!

The bag I knitted for Lill from her mohair yarn. Love those goats!

 

Now we are all off to the farmhouse for a sumptuous country afternoon tea. Thanks Lill, what a great day we had.

 

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3 comments

  1. Great photos Shirley, it was a lovely day wasn’t it?

  2. Wow, that is very interesting place to visit. You are so lucky. Thank you very much for sharing the photos and the link, Shirley. 🙂

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