Sunday, May 29, 2011
Today was a very emotional and draining day as Alex and Lil'Man left the farm. A wonderful family from Wisconsin adopted them, they even brought two of their grandchildren with them for the pickup. They promised they would send me updates on how the boys were getting along, I am so happy that they found a home together.
The morning started with the boys getting their final CDT booster shots and ear tattooing. I do not like doing things that cause my animals pain, but some things must be done for everyone's well being. After that was finished the whole family spent some quality time with the boys until it was time for them to go.
I love(d) those boys. I helped them into this life and their time here now seems so short. Yet when I put the goats to bed tonight everything seemed calm, like the herd WITHOUT the boys was its normal state. Their loss was more difficult than I imagined, sometimes this farming thing is hard.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
I would like to thank K-Koira at My Life with Fly Dogs for selecting me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I will get to the details in a bit, but first let me show off some of my versatile blogging.
1 Pillsbury crust
2 tablespoons of flour
a bit of salt and pepper
3 heaping spoon fulls of pico de gallo
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
Instead of using two eggs I used five guinea eggs. (Those shells are hard as rocks)
Instead of 1 cup of milk I use 1 cup goats milk.
See, two ingredients home grown, thus closer to scratch!
The quiche was great BTW.
OK, back to the Versatile Blogger award. I am supposed to list seven things about myself, so here goes:
1. I am taking a College course this Summer, Statistics, what were the odds.
2. I used to have a fondness for shoes, even the very impractical wild ones. Now I find myself wearing the same two pair all the time and having to wipe poo off from them at that!
3. I am a terrible cook, I have on more than one occasion set myself on fire while making dinner.
4. I have always wanted to travel but now I can't imagine leaving the farm.
5. I want one of those old vintage pick-up trucks that can be retro-fitted with A/C, I hate sweating.
6. I am a RN aspiring to become a Vet Tech, less bedpans and complaining.
7. I have so much on my to do list that I don't know where to begin; soap making, cheese making, spinning, felting, I just hope I don't blow up the house (see item #3) in the process.
I am supposed to pass the award on to 15 other bloggers but since everyone is so busy with Spring chores I will only select 1. NancyDe over at Hapless Homestead has a great blog that everyone needs to visit. First off she lives in Hawaii, how cool is that! Nancy has sheep, horses, chickens, and grows all kinds of wonderful tropical plants in her gardens. She manages a large family while teaching at a local school, how much more Versatile can one get?
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Yesterday the Guinea boy spent the afternoon chasing one of the girls all over the yard, it was really fun to watch. The girl (pictured above) would at times extend her wings and glide across the yard as she ran, it was like a guinea ballet.
They ran and ran all afternoon, the Royal Guinea boy will be missed by the girl guineas as well as myself.
We are now down to five guineas, they have done a great job of eliminating the ticks so I may need to get a few more to increase the flock.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Cascade Sheep was because they shed their wool every Spring, no shearing required. Look at how short the natural break in her wool is!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I have finally got the goats into a milking routine. Every morning I let Becca Boo out first and she runs right over to the milk stand to get her grain. Once she is finished she strolls back to the barn and then Addison gets her turn.
Becca would have trotted directly to the stand but Sara got in her way. After having several milk spills I have learned to keep Sara in the house while the milk process is going on. I used some of the goats milk today to make mashed potatoes and they tasted great. I'm one step closer to drinking my first glass, just need to find some Kahlua first!
The sheep are calling because they get a bit of grain once the goats are finished, it is really loud at my place in the mornings.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
I had a full schedule today and at lunch time when I went out to feed the sheep I discovered that Kia had given me a new ewe!
ps. OFG wanted pictures of the goats watching Dancing With the Stars but the new lamb delayed those pictures until next week.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Alder for a father.