Marjorie plays mum...to goats
SHOPPERS in Sidmouth have been cooing over some rather unusual visitors at a wool shop.
SHOPPERS in Sidmouth have been cooing over some rather unusual visitors at a wool shop.Marjorie Jarvis has had an extra attraction in her Libra Court shop, Caprafiba, for the past week, in the form of two Angora goat kids, after she found herself in a dilemma.She said: "Two of my old ladies both had twins, and I thought it was a bit much for them both to have two, so I left them with one each and I'm playing mum for the other two."They have to have a bottle four times a day to begin with because they are little, so I had to devise some sort of way to bring them in so I could feed them in the shop. The ideal thing is for them to feed on the mother, but it would have pulled the mother down."Mrs Jarvis and her husband have about 60 Angora goats on their farm near Newton Poppleford, which they have had for 24 years. The two kids, a boy and a girl aged seven and 11 days, are yet to be named as Mrs Jarvis is waiting until they are a bit older.She said: "I give them all native American names because I originally imported from Canada. We've imported regularly since then to top up the blood line."The goats are bred for their fleece, which is softest and finest when it is shorn from the kids, when they are about six months old. The pedigree goats have won top awards at agricultural shows including the Devon County Show.Caprafiba sells Angora shawls, scarves, socks and wool, all made in the UK from Mrs Jarvis' own herd of goats.Mrs Jarvis said: "Lots of people came to see them at the weekend and brought their children after word had got around. It's nice for people to see where all the products we sell come from."Caprafiba is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.