This week has been a whirlwind. It started with me being at a conference in Dallas, Texas, and as seems to be always the case if I go anywhere in the spring that is when baby animals will be born. On Sunday Caro gave birth to two baby boys. So without further ado, let me be the first to introduce you to Merry…
That’s right we had twin filthy hobbits.
Then on Monday my dad had knee replacement. A surgery thirty years in the making.
And within a couple hours of being back in his room the physical therapist had him up and walking the halls.
Tuesday I finally caught the first fish of the year out of my pond, not the monster tuna I was looking for but it’s a start.
I then found a life lesson in the koi pond, “be careful to not bite off more than you can chew.”
Poor froggy couldn’t get the other froggy all the way down before he croaked.
Thursday I was at work when I got messaged that one of our backyard residents had decided the front porch might be a nice place to hang out.
Then the Turken rooster decided to travel from the goat pin to the chicken run and pick a fight.
With severe storms headed in tonight, we will have to see what else this week has left in it.
Well spring is here and it came in with another round of snow.
Thankfully it was beautiful to look at and gone within a day. Hopefully we can start to get night temperatures above forty so we can leave the seedlings out in each night instead of taking them in and out each day.
Yesterday my morning routine was disrupted by a great surprise, Caro, finally gave birth. I opened the door to the goat house and it almost seemed peculiar to see a baby goat laying next to her. My brain took a few seconds to actually comprehend what I was seeing. But there it was. She had done it all on her own. So meet Lulu.
She looks just like here momma don’t you think?
Well off to the yarden to gsd. Have a good one world.
Another blog from my morning view of the world. The chickens and goats are all feed, watered, and ready for the day. Breakfast, spiced ground beef topped by the always present egg, eaten and cleaned up. Now sitting with a cup of coffee waiting for my piece of the world to get a little brighter and warmer.
Yesterday day was new turkey day. Well actually second new turkey day. A couple weeks ago we inherited a female turkey from a neighbor.
She seemed little lonely, so yesterday we drove about an hour up the road and got her a friend.
It’s amazing how big he can make himself look when he wants to.
On today’s agenda is more garden work. The structures we have two hardy kiwis growing on have started to fall apart, so I’m going to use some of the timber I took out of Sherlock’s area to redo a climbing trellis. Then I need to redo the bean teepee. We had tried to have the beans climb garden string in past years with only marginal success. I’m going to put it wood supports with wire mesh between and see if we can’t get a better crop.
Well the sun is now brightened the yard, so I will leave you with a picture of Sidda enjoying yesterday’s sun with her babies.
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.
The days go by so fast sometimes. With spring here and temperatures going up and down to almost freezing, we are trying to get as much done as we can. We completed the chicken tractor. We bought a coop from Tractor Supply and then attached it to a base frame with some wheels and added a door. Thus the baby chicks moved from the dining room table to the great outdoors.
The ducks remembered where their house was and started laying again.
We got our potatoes in the ground. We watched a video where a guy just cleared an area, put down some blood meal and then covered them all with a bunch of used straw. It seemed so easy that we thought we would give it a go.
The cat helped in her usual way of course.
The temperature dipped to near freezing the other night so baby goat got to wear his sweater.
Have a great week my friends.
It’s been a little while since I last posted, so I’m glad to have something great to post today. One of our two nubians, Sidda, gave birth to a little baby boy.
Open to suggestions for a name if you have one.