Monday, May 28, 2012

It's official, summer is here

I don't care what the calendar says, summer is here. I know it's here because I heard what I call "the bird of summer" this morning. It took me years to pinpoint what kind of bird I was hearing because it is never seen. Tucked away in the woods you will hear its lifting song. It sounds circular to me...if that makes any sense. With the help of an app. or two a friend of mine identified this bird of summer as a Swainson's Thrush. Migrates to our area just in time for a fun filled summer. When I hear its song I think of bonfires and bbqs, long warm nights, and no school. Although the temps are in the 50s and I'm wearing a sweatshirt, I heard it this morning...summer is officially here.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I See a Pattern

Boots' beautiful babies. First we have Cameo.
Then there is this handsome guy. So far nameless.
I do hope someone wants a buck because he's pretty.


It is always fun to go down to the farm and get a new babies. Boots had her babies sometime during the night. By the time I got down there this morning they were dried off and fed and afterbirth passed. The Buttons' family are good kidders and mommas. No drama. Buck and doe in Minter Bay colors-Dalmatian spotted with blue eyes and wattles. Pictures after work.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

A friend gave me this card today for Mother's Day. She always has a way , like my mother, of finding just the right cards. Card courtesy of Hallmark Shoebox

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Note to Self

Next year, don't breed so many goats. I have never been so busy in my life as I have been the last few weeks. There is so much to do with all the milking, babies, cheese making, barn building....and what? I have to clean my house too? And cook? And go to work? It is starting to slow a little as babies get older and some go off to new homes but Boots is still due and I think Buttons is due in July. We are getting in a nice milking routine. Alice is now fondly called Jersey Girl as she is giving as much milk as a Jersey cow. I almost couldn't milk her out but my hands are getting stronger. Cora Belle is also milking like a cow and is doing well on her milk tests. We have added Wedding Belles to the line-up and she is giving a fair amount of milk. Thus all the cheese making going on around here. Several more weeks of school and then I can spend more time....milking, cleaning, painting....and not cleaning house.