I know it has been a long time since I last blogged, but I want to make more time to do it and commit to more regular posts.
This morning I am writing on my phone while sitting on a milking stand in my goat barn. I am watching a pair of baby doe Nubian goats who have made their way outside for the second time since their birth on Wednesday. In another stale a pile of three bucklings, born yesterday, sleep quietly with a rhythmic breathing. A rooster crows in the distance and I take another sip of coffee. The morning chores have already been done, my own breakfast consumed and now a little reflection time before starting once again on the list of projects to eventually get to.
“How did you end up here?” I find myself asking very often in the past few weeks. A lot has gone on in a very short period and that seems to be the tempo of life at home now. Frantic effort and change followed by periods of peace. I feel so good about where we are, and am looking forward to so much more.
Yesterday Sidda gave birth to three boys. We knew that was a possibility but hadn’t expected it since she only gave birth to one last year.
Vivi too surprised us Wednesday with a pair of little girls.
And while each mother had one baby that wasn’t quite as strong as the others at birth, this morning everyone seems to be doing just fine.
With one more mother, Caro, still to give birth, we are going to have quite the growing herd.
Last weekend we had just come through a wind storm that knocked down at least 8 trees, including 2 across the drive way and one on top of the goat house.
The tree on the goat house was a particular issue as it was also about to take down the two fences that separate our pen holding our buck from the girls. It also broke a rafter and put several holes in the roof. Needless to say we got the problems repaired quickly as we were sure baby goats were on their way.
We for now I have to get back to work. I leave you with a short video of a happy goat.
Woke up this morning to a snow covered world.
Thankfully I don’t have to be a work this morning, but I do have to think about tomorrow.
Life has been good around the homestead, unless you are a duck that is. With the pond being completely frozen by some nights of single digit temperatures, our ducks have been literally sitting ducks. In past years over the winter we have lost a duck, but this year our flock has gone from 13 to 3. I built a house do them but have never been able to get them to use it. The remaining 3 have started using the house do I can close them up at night.
I think I have found the right combination of heaters to keep our pipes from freezing. That has been a relief, but I don’t want to see my next electric bill.
Well I’m headed back to bed after my morning chores to enjoy the snow day. Stay safe world.
Well Christmas morning has arrived, which for those of us in retail seems like a long time coming. We will shortly make the trek into town to spend Christmas morning with my wife’s family as we do every year. My dad and one of my brothers also live in the area but we have always had flexible celebration time with them. This year we got together Christmas Eve Eve. P made an amazing cake for dessert.
One of our neighbors brought a present for the goats, their first round bale of hay. It’s has been a big hit.
I’m off work for the next week, so it will be back to work on Mr boy goats new shelter.
I’m trying to save as much money as possible and reuse more wood from the deck my father-in-law took down a few months ago.
Well time to go celebrate. Merry Christmas everybody.
Friday afternoon into Saturday brought the seasons first snow to the homestead.
Hard to believe we actually get to live in such a beautiful spot.
Of course while we love the snow, the chicken seem to have a different opinion.
Have a great week world.
Last night we attended the second annual Cartersville Christmas tree lighting.
It was grand fun and made me feel like we live in a true community.
Last night we filled the cabin with holiday spirit.
We bought a new artificial tree this year that is much closer to a real tree. It has very random and open limbs that we love.
Thaddeus the penguin has come down from his bedroom to join the party. He is ALWAYS ready to party.
We added several new ornaments from last year. Here are a few of the new ones I could find at the moment.
Another new addition is this surprised santa that I’ve been told resembles me.
Oh well, onward towards Christmas.
It’s been a while but I am back. My pharmacy partner was out on maternity leave and I got out of sync, but I am back and ready to take on the fall and winter seasons.
We have been working hard cleaning out the garden beds. River the cat had been faithfully keeping an eye out for attacks.
It’s the time of year to get some baby goats baking, so we bought a new boyfriend.
His name is Sherlock and he is a miniature Nubian. Even though our girls are full size he has gotten the job done. At least we hope so. We’ll find out in five months.
I’ll keep the post short for today as we are headed into Charlottesville to hit the farmers market. Have a great day world.
I had last week off from work in preparation for being there a bunch while my partner is on maternity leave. I’ve found that a week off on the homestead though can be one of the most exhausting vacations you will ever have.
My father-in-law was replacing the deck on his lake house so we said we would love to have as much of the would as they would let us, so with free wood comes projects. A couple years ago we had taken the wood when he was redoing a deck at another house and used it to build our duck house.
On of the projects for this bounty of free lumber was a new path from the back door to the chicken coop.
Put up some cafe lights we had as well to make it look like visiting the chickens was something very special indeed.
The second project was one I was a little prouder of. I tore down and replaced the old rotting steps and landing to our lower porch using some of the recycled wood. Before it looked like this…
And now ….
We are going to paint a resurfacer on them still, but they turned out pretty good. I like the way they make that part of the house look a lot less like a place the Clampetts lived in before they left the hills.
Well after an exhausting week off it’s back to work for some rest.
With summer in full effect the garden is doing very well.
Our bean teepee is approaching the peak and starting to set some beans.
The corn is about 7 foot tall at this point.
We had to pull our our red potatoes out of the ground earlier than ideal. One of the ducks decided to go broody in the middle of the potato plants, and started uncovering some of the potatoes. We chased her off long enough for us to discover the poor girl had been sitting on a bunch of potatoes.
Once we harvested the potatoes into a bucket she came back and was trying to figure a way to get into the bucket to sit back on her eggs. The poor girl.
Oh well so long for now.