Chip, the brown oberhasli goat (known by many of you as the man-whore), has been doing his job. I've witnessed the deed once, with Flora and I believe that he's gotten more lovin' from the other ladies in the barnyard. We'll keep him for another few weeks - to make sure that the pregnancy (pregnancies?) "takes". I'm really hoping that we'll have baby goats come spring. For the time being, we've stopped milking Mabel. One, because I've heard that having a male in with the dairy goats can make the milk taste "goaty" and I don't want to turn our kids away from the milk and two, I just think it'd be easier to get her pregnant if she wasn't being milked every morning and night. I have to say...this is a nice vacation...the commitment to a dairy goat is strong. Every morning and every evening we are required to make our way out to the barn and milk that goat...it's wonderful having fresh, raw, healthy milk to provide for us and our family, right from our backyard - but it's also wonderful to just worry about food, hay and water when we go out to the barn, it makes our time out there much shorter when it is cold or dark. I need to figure out the best way to store milk for times like this. I hated buying a gallon of milk from the store the other day.
In other farm news - the shearer came out and sheared the two angoras. Their beautiful fiber is waiting to be cleaned, carded and spun. I still haven't had the opportunity to have our friend come over and help me learn to spin (better) - I want to be better at spinning before we use "the good stuff" and ruin it. This is definitely a winter project.
Speaking of winter...we aren't much further along with our hay storage or finishing the barn. I'm worried that we won't be able to get things done in time. Mark has been starting to sub more often though and so we'll have extra money coming in - which will help. I will feel so much better when we have a finished barn and a hay loft filled with hay (and a tank, filled with oil, for our winter heat). It'll happen, I just have to believe that everything will work out for us.
|Drake, he's getting so big and handsome. He's holding Runt and Lockhart, Captain's kittens from this Spring.|
|I love how the kittens follow Mark through the yard...too cute.|
|Runt just loves hay!|
|A lock of Frankie's hair.|
Frankie's fiber all bagged up, ready to be cleaned.
|Itty's fiber all bagged up.|
|Itty, wondering what just happened.|
|Frankie, just wishing she could go play in the pasture.|
|Frankie letting us know what she thinks of her new haircut.|
|Frankie, in midshear|
|Frankie - getting sheared|
|Itty - getting sheared|
|Itty - getting sheared|