Buckling love…

Ragnar Merry 2016

Meriadoc (aka ‘Merry’) kidded one single large buckling yesterday afternoon. Please meet ‘Ragnar’. He’s a mighty Viking lover-boy!!!

…and our 2016 kidding is complete!! Two does freshened! YAY! Let the cheesemaking begin!

wooly wednesday: overwhelmed

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Feeling a bit overwhelmed! Three of our Ober kids left home this past Sunday for green pastures down in Kentucky!! Bittersweet for sure… miss those sweet kids!! We have two bucklings (Merry’s triplets) still looking for a good ‘pet’ home… since I will be castrating them soon!

So, I’ve been adjusting my bottle-feeding schedule and cheesemaking schedule… to adapt to SO MUCH MORE MILK!!! I suppose it’s a good thing at the moment, since Dairy Days (an event at Metropark Wolcott Farm) is ‘happening’ on Saturday. I’ll be working/talking about cheesemaking.

The gardens seem to require constant attention, staking the tomatoes, picking snow peas and weeding!!

My Shetland lambs are growing well… looking for homes also (also bittersweet!)!!

Totes my goats!

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I do apologize for my absence… but, I’ve been a bit preoccupied! Merry, our second doe (another first freshener), kidded in the wee early morning hours on Friday. Triplets: two bucklings and one doe!!!

Also, Friday morning, one of our Shetland ewes, Serendipity, lambed: twin rams. But wait… there’s more!! This Sunday morning, Reece, lambed!! Triplets!!! Two ewe lambs and one ram lamb! Ditto last year!! Everyone is doing well!! More photos coming!!

Oh happy day!!

wooly wednesday: fuzzy babies

Perhaps not wooly, but, warm and fuzzy!! My daughter’s Oberhasli doe, Eowyn (aka ‘Fuzzy’) a first freshener, kidded first thing this morning. Twin bucklings (boys)!

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The first buckling was breech (back legs presented first) and needed a little assistance. Once ‘cleared’, his brother almost ‘popped’ out (normal presentation).

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Mama and boyz are doing fine! Oh happy day!

A busy week.

The past week has been both busy and productive! Memorial Day weekend is ~ traditionally ~ the big push to get the garden planted… safe to presume there’s no longer a threat of frost here in Michigan!? I’ve been weeding, purchasing seeds/starter plants [tomato and green peppers] and amending the soil with more compost… to make-ready for the actual planting. Most of the planting was performed by my husband, Katie (who’s home for the summer) and Matt and his girlfriend, Sam. Many hands make light work!!

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We have a small [but productive] vegetable garden consisting of raised beds.

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The Hubs prefers to grow tomato plants on a ‘trellis’, keeping the fruit off the ground. Bush beans are planted opposite the tomatoes. I have yet to plant a few more veggies (winter squash I think) in the remaining open space. Next up, replace the split rail fence [that currently encompasses the veggie garden] with a picket fence – a more goat kid-proof alternative now that the garden is ‘occupied‘!

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It was a beautiful weekend for bonfires and camping in the backyard!

Also in the works… my herb garden make-over. The raised beds, after many years of service,  require re-building too. I thought I’d take advantage of this opportunity to also re-design/simplify the herb garden. Fewer beds and less congestion in the existing footprint. More on that as we make progress.

The lambs [all eleven of them] and goat kids are growing well! Can you believe the Oberhasli kids are 8-weeks-old today!?

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This is Gendry, the buckling, who will probably be castrated/wethered soon [since I’ve had no ‘nibbles’ in potential sale as a herd sire].

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Here is a photo of the doeling, Arya, with Katie’s horse, Neo.

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NOM NOM NOM… Mama said we can have a little grain now that we’re old enough! They’ll still get a bottle as long as they’re here… at least for now. Looking for good homes for both Arya and Gendry!!

Last week we also welcomed a new member to the family: Katie’s German Shepherd puppy, Zeak.

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Zeak, helping me ‘weed’ the garden! Almost 9-weeks old and a FULL-time babysitting job!

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Whoa! He needs to grow into those ears!!! He’s a busy little farm dog and will be a great companion for our rescue dog, Thunder! At the present time, Zeak is enjoying limited house-life… until he’s a bit older [and bigger].

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Katie and Nash enjoying a ride! Happy trails!!