Today is a sad day marking the end of an era here on our farm. Queen Ophelia was one of the very first animals to call our farm home arriving in July 1999 at just 12 weeks old. As her title implies she was distinguished, regal, gentle and always held her head high, never partaking in hierarchical games and bullying that other herd animals are apt to do. A true lady through and through. Considering the average life span of a goat is 12 years, at nearly 18, Ophelia has lived an exceptionally long life. I like to think it was her environment as much as her genes that contributed her longevity. Her favorite activity right to the end has always been relaxing in the morning sun with her chin lifted just a touch towards the sky to catch the maximum number of golden rays on her face. She was laid to rest this morning high on a hill overlooking the farm. May the sun always shine brightly on your face sweet girl! You will be dearly missed!