1. rq says

    I think she’s trying to convince the goat to come with her, but the goat is terrified of stepping out-of-doors. “Meee? Out there? Naaaaaah…!”
    She does have a look of immense patience on her face, though, so there may be more to this story. :)

  2. rq says

    Does the goat have some significance, then, besides the name (cheverfeuille from caprifolia = goat-leaf)?
    Also, all honeysuckle fruit that are blue are edible! And apparently very delicious. It’s called sausserdis in Latvian, “dry core”, but I have no idea what that means, either. Also you shouldn’t bring honeysuckle blossoms into the house, otherwise young girls will be tormented by erotic dreams. Tormented! By erotic dreams!
    This is a very, very fun plant.

  3. says

    Oh my. I had no idea! I didn’t need help with erotic dreams when I was young. :D I don’t know about the goat business, apparently there’s one major connection in France. I’d guess goats quite like it, and going by Medieval manuscripts, goat dung was great for everything.

    I keep getting yesterday’s Fleche D’Eau in my head…I want a pond, and that drawing turned into a statue.

  4. says

    Anne, I understand! They get into your head. I wonder if there’s a connection between goats who eat honeysuckle and the cheese…

  5. rq says

    Oh, I forgot to go back and comment on it! Fixed.

    If you do something craftsy, and are willing, I would love to see the result!

  6. says

    Huh. Going by my old copy of A Modern Herbal, it’s a fave food of goats, and a quick search yields several articles about goats being brought in to deal with invasive, out of control honeysuckle. A goat would have a field day at our place.

  7. rq says

    I wonder if you would get delicious, delicious cheese from those theoretical goats. I mean, more delicious than usual!

  8. rq says

    Apparently it’s also good for butterflies and hummingbirds (variety-dependent, of course). Me, I just love the way it smells.

  9. kestrel says

    Speaking as a goat person/cheese maker: You can get some pretty magnificent cheese no matter what they are eating. Which will include: pasture rose, blackberries, black locust and on and on. Yes, they will eat things with thorns on them! In fact in at least some cases, *the thorns are their favorite part*. In general goats prefer eating something that they have to stand up on their hind legs to reach. They are actually browse animals, not grazers. And as long as you collect your milk properly and make your cheese carefully, you will get delicious cheese despite the diet of your charges.

    Lovely drawings and a fun collection.

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