Saturday, August 11, 2012

Meant to Be

About a month ago I heard through the grapevine that the local zoo might be interested in getting some baby goats from me for their petting farm. I gave them my contact information and waited to hear from them. We were really excited to have a couple of our babies at the zoo. It is a wonderful facility where they would get top-notch care and my family could go there and see all the children enjoying them. My son and daughter-in-law happened to be here when Snaps was just born so they got busy holding and socializing him for a life at the zoo. It's a tough job but someone had to do it.

Then I never heard back from the zoo. I called and talked to a very nice lady and told her what I'd heard. I just needed an answer so I could move on with finding them a home if they weren't interested. She said she would talk to the keeper and someone would get right back to me. They didn't.

So I decided I'd waited long enough and put my last two babies of the season, Spots and Snaps, up for sale together.

Enter Jennifer who grew up with goats and is starting a new preschool called Rooster Valley Farm School. She had been searching a long time for the two perfect wethers for her little farm. She came out yesterday with two of her children, Jack and Eleanor, to meet the goats. My goats loved them. Especially Snaps. All the holding that Kyle and Stephanie did was rewarded in spades.
Naturally Jennifer and her children were thrilled that the zoo had not taken them and they could buy them for their school.

If I had a preschooler...and lived in Snoqualmie...I would be happy to have him or her spend the day with this wonderful sweet kind lady and a couple of funny little wethers named Snaps and Spots.

I said it before and I'll say it again....

                  I meet the nicest people selling goats!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Royal Wedding

My beautiful niece was recently married in Prague. It breaks my heart that we weren't there to share the day with her and her new husband. Now that the pictures are flowing in my heart is breaking even more. Isn't it lovely?


Friday, August 3, 2012

The Pig Days of Summer

It is finally summer in the Pacific Northwest. I'm not complaining. It has been wonderful. I'm a mid-seventies kind of gal.
We've been busy with new babies, milk testing, chopping wood, painting, and visiting kids...including my son and daughter-in-law. I am in the process of teaching my DIL all the ropes of farming and she is a very willing student. I can now say, "I'm too tired to milk." and she will happily go do all my chores for me and even make the milk into cheese.
I love her.

My son is an expert at holding the baby goat and socializing it while she milks. I love him too:)

Blackberry has turned into quite the entertaining guy. His favorite pastime is chasing chickens and the cat. I didn't really want another llama but I'm glad I didn't have a choice. My llama lady told me he would be a lot of fun and she was spot on. He is nothing but this point.

 I told Willow she gets to keep him. I'm pretty sure I heard her say thank you.

The goats are all doing well and milking up a storm. I received the numbers of the top ten does for the 2011 milking season and if I'd have continued milking Cora Belle last year just a little bit longer she'd have made it into the top 5.

We are working hard this year to get her on the list for the 2012 milking season. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Hazelnut, Cora Belle's daughter, is turning into the farm favorite with her winning personality that she gets from her dad, Chaos. It certainly didn't come from Cora Belle.

She has a really big mouth though.

Snaps continues to grow and Buttons is just happy to be alive. She has loaned her position as Farm Ambssador to Hazelnut for awhile.

Life is good!