You can’t miss the arrival of ‘SPRING’ on the farm…melting snow, freezing rain, sunny sky and lots of MUD! The ground is still frozen beneath the surface, particularly in the well-protected shady areas and the shadows of outbuildings. Snow melts and re-freezes…with perhaps a passing shower contributing to the lake-in-my-backyard!
Essential outer-wear on the farm: 1) coveralls and 2) leak-proof(?) barn boots!
This is my lawn…
…and the alley leading to my back-barn.
Here’s a typical barnyard where there’s a lot of ‘traffic’.
But, the critters seek high ground.
And hate to get their little feet wet!
So, any platform will serve as a deck to sun bathe.
They’re not sure it’s safe to cross-over!
Here’s a look at ‘baby-bumps’.
Sweet Annie, a first freshener, is due April 5. Next is Coriander, another first freshener, is due April 15. ‘Freshened’ in a dairy goat refers to the cycle of breeding, kidding, and coming into milk. Annie & Corie will be two years old this April.
Schaherezade is due to kid April 1 (gestation period is 145 -155 days, with 150 days average.)
The ‘babies’ (DOUBLE TROUBLE) wanted a pic too!
Then Brutus said: “Hey! What about handsome ME?”
Annie can’t seem to figure out what all the fuss is about!???
There’s still plenty of snow on the ground.
But, beneath it all, there’s a hint of spring…snowdrops!
Before I sign-off, here’s a project I worked on yesterday…a goat-y gift tag/ornie.
Do you recognize Schaherezade?
My goat-friend’s daughter’s bridal shower is Saturday. She had once owned/raised Schaherezade and sold her to me a few years ago. Silly, but I had to make a goat-y ornie to commemorate their wedding date. I drew a pic of Schaz on muslin, cut it out, stitched, painted, sealed and filled with organic lavender. Heavenly scented! On the back of the ornie, the bride & groom’s names and wedding date is hand-written with a black Sharpie. I finished it off with a bit of blue yarn for a ‘hanger’ and a vintage mother of pearl button. I hope it’s not too silly!
My daughter (Katie) said ‘MOM, get a life!” What do ya expect from a teen?