Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Early Spring brings Bunnies and Baby Goats.

Our Cashmere Goat kids arrived before the Easter bunnies each spring. They are the most charming and entertaining  pets imaginable when they are hand raised.  Penny gave us our first three does when we moved to the little farm. I have seen Jack with six adorable small kids at one time in his lap, on his shoulders and under an arm.  All that was required to have their trust was to sit on the ground each day near where their mother's were being fed, and the little ones would come to climb in your lap and be petted and played with. Here are some pictures of Jack and the goats. I wish I had known how to take home videos then!

  Cashmeres are not dirty like sheep. They are lovely pink and white. If they get in mud it soon dries and falls away from their hair.

Goats need lots of petting. Even our cashmere billy, Banner, was gentle and good natured.  The smell of a billy is something else.  We did not have him in the early years but rather hauled the does to a breeder to be put with prize winning sires.

Maggie was born in the ice of February and was the smaller of twins, drawn up with the cold. Her mother accepted her larger brother but would not have Maggie. I bottled her and she readily took to the house, as clean as any domestic pet and eating cereal from a blue Staffordshire dish.  She wanted always to be in our laps or right with us. and preferred our company all of her long life to that of the other goats. Here is Jack with Maggie tucked casually under his arm while talking on the phone.
 Maggie was exquisitely beautiful to me. She stayed as close to us as possible but had to be set outside at intervals like a puppy, and was made to sleep in a box by herself at night where she complained very loudly. I have had many lovely dogs and cats and a great many horses, but Maggie was my favorite pet above all. 

One wonderful spring we had six kids! Armloads of love. Who needs bunnies?  e


  1. Perfect post for Valentines Day, Edyth! ...jan

  2. Dear Edyth,
    Thank you for a beautiful post on your adorable goats. The pictures are wonderful and you have a soothing way of telling your stories. I hope you had a Happy St. Valentine's Day��xoxo
    Warmest regards, Barbara from Cumming, GA

  3. I love everything about this post!!

  4. Edyth you make me feel like I NEED cashmere goats! Your photographs are wonderful. Thank you, they are just exactly what I needed to see on this cold and snowy day.

  5. So, so cute. I think I need a goat. Thanks for sharing.


  6. I don't comment very much, however, I would like you to know that I ALWAYS read your blog and enjoy it so much each time. I also just read about you in EAL magazine and really enjoyed all the pictures and story of your life. Good job!!! Keep doing how that you are doing and you will stay forever young at heart!!! Would love to hear you play that banjo!! By the way I LOVE dolls also and you have a wonderful collection!!! Joyce from WA.

  7. Oh this brought back such good memories of helping a locla farmer bottle feed two baby Lamancha goats about 7 years ago. I hated to see them grow up! Do you by any chance still have copies of yoru book on Pockets & Rollups?

    1. Hi Karen, thank you for commenting on my blog post about the baby goats. I see you have been on blogger a long time too. I will read some of the posts!
      Yes I have about 20 of the pockets and roll ups books, they are $15 which includes priority mail. I would be happy to send you one or several. You can use paypal for joneill816@austin.rr.com or send a check to me at 609 Courtney st, Fredericksburg TX 78624 Thank you for your interest. Best, Edyth

  8. Dear Edyth, Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your goats. I am a goat girl, through and through, and I always say that there is nothing in this world that is cuter than a baby goat! My doe had twins many years ago (her first pregnancy) and we carried those two adorable boys around in our arms everywhere! We still have them. They are 10 years old now and much too big to carry around (!) but they are still very tame and I love them to pieces. Your pictures bring back fond memories of our "kid" days.


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