Goats on the road: I kid you not

One of the unexpected delights of living east of Málaga, is coming across herds of goats whilst negotiating the picturesque, curvy mountain roads.   The beauty and tranquility of the local landscape is enough to lift the spirits, even on the greyest of days, especially when you come face to face with a herd of ninety goats meandering along the road.

I love meeting the goats and always wind down my car window to say “hola” and pass the time of day with the goatherd, as well as telling the goats what good girls they are!

It´s amazing how even though some of the goats climb up the rocks above the road to nibble at whatever plants take their fancy, and some stray perilously close to the edge, they all stay pretty much together.   I dread to think how many would be left in the herd if I was in charge of them!

The sight of a herd of goats never fails to make me smile – no matter how often I see them!

Goats on the road to Cómpeta, Andalucía, Spain

Goats on the hillside outside Cómpeta, Andalucía, Spain

Goat on a hillside outside Cómpeta, Andalucía, Spain

This post is my contribution to the WordPress Photo Challenge: Happy and to Travel Theme: Animals

 

Whilst you´re here, why not have a look at:

East of Málaga: So near, yet so far away

All at sea with the Virgen del Carmen

Photographs I love …. and why!

 

 

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78 thoughts on “Goats on the road: I kid you not

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  3. Nice pages Marianne and great pics, Competa was almost our home once, great village. Was amongst the wonderful Goats a few weeks ago, can still smell them…Ahhh lovely !!

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  5. Oh what pretty animals they are. I didn’t use to think so, but your photos of them make them look happy. I love the brown and white ones in the first photo. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    • I am more likely to come across the goats at the end of the day as they are on their way back home (or I am!), so they are usually ready for milking. I always feel sorry for the girl at the back of the herd who is having the most difficulty walking because of that predicament …… awwwww!

      Thanks for your comment – and for your continued support. Much appreciated :)

  6. I’ve been fortunate to drive around parts of Europe and these little surprises are what made the trips memorable. If I wanted to “keep on schedule” I would have stayed on the highway.

  7. I especially love the first shot where the goats are surrounding your car, and this SO reminds me of our recent trip to Norway where, on the top of a mountain, our bus passed through a herd of goats crossing and recrossing the road. It’s a novelty for me, too, so I took a bunch of photos, and a couple of the goats tried to eat my clothing. This is one more thing in Malaga I can’t wait to experience. Keep tempting me :)

    • I totally agree, Sally. Goats on the road was pretty exotic to me before I came to live in southern Spain, too!

      I am always so delighted to run into the goats :)

  8. I live at the end of a camino that leads to the river. Not only do I find myself hemmed in by the goats on the camino frequently (and usually when I’m in a hurry, natch), but also I often have them ranged along my perimeter fencing, with the dogs all going mental at them and the goats just chewing the cud, unperturbed, right back.

  9. Awww, I love the goats too! And love your play on words: “kid you not!” We have herds of long-haired goats everywhere in Oman too. Some of them stand on their hind legs to eat the leaves out of the trees. That always makes me smile!

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