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Our Camel

My husband neglected to consult me on this one.

When a member of the church next-door asked if we would host a camel for a few days so that she could be walked over to appear in the Christmas nativity play each evening, my husband could hardly agree quickly enough.

No phone numbers were exchanged. Very few questions were asked. Mainly just, “How long do we get to keep her?”

It turns out she’s a stand-up gal named Tia. Mellow, friendly, and fond of carrots and alfalfa. Her hooves (claws?) are the size of dinner plates.

Our sheep and goats are not amused, and I haven’t yet broken it to them that my husband is now intent on fitting a camel into our homestead plan.

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10 Comments

  1. December 7, 2014    

    I love the picture with the goats and sheep looking at the camel like its crazy!

  2. December 7, 2014    

    Reblogged this on 2 Boys 1 Homestead and commented:
    Hahaha!

  3. December 7, 2014    

    love this. just love it. I’ve heard (but have yet to try) that camel milk is decent. It’s on my “to try” list ha.

    • December 7, 2014    

      That, I admit, had been running through my mind today…

      • December 7, 2014    

        it’s supposed to have a lot of vitamins. & I read it’s fairly easy to milk them. (there’s also a dirty jobs episode you could probably find on the internet to get a bit more of an idea what you’re getting into lol)

      • December 8, 2014    

        Ha! I’ll have to check that out. And make sure my husband sees it. Thanks!

  4. December 7, 2014    

    I love camels. There is a zoo near us with camels we can feed/pet. Their muzzles feel so awesome. Last time we went, they had a baby camel. <3

    • December 7, 2014    

      I have to say that I understand my husband’s elation. She’s pretty dreamy.

  5. December 15, 2014    

    Well then. I should probably never, ever complain again about the time my husband brought home two nearly grown bulls. I bet the camel is better behaved but still…they were bulls.

    I found your blog by following a comment on Amanda’s blog this morning. So nice to have found another homesteader!

    • December 15, 2014    

      Haha! I’m sure the camel was better behaved. In fact, she was a real sweetheart. Very mellow and friendly. It’s taken me a week to convince my husband that we do NOT need to own our own camel! Although, I would not mind borrowing this gal again any time. So glad you found me!

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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