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Really Winter

17 Jan

We seem to have really settled into winter now.  The snow from last weekend is still here, and we’ve added a bit more since then.

Clover

Penny and Bonnie seem to have settled back into the herd pretty easily.  That’s good.

Bonnie, Penny, and Coral on this side of the ditch

Even though the goats were going out to pasture, they had to work hard to get to the grass.

just outside the barnyard

At least they were going out and wearing off some energy so they aren’t so cranky with each other.  That ended sometime early in the week.

Mary and Bubbles digging for spilt corn

That also means they are getting full hay.

Stormy

The llamas appreciate it too. It makes a lot more chores for me, but it keeps everyone fat and sassy.

Aurora, Maybeline (back) and Odie having leftovers for breakfast

And today, it’s another big winter storm.

Winter Is Back

30 Dec

After over an inch of rain on Saturday, which left the barnyard a muddy boot sucking mess, we are now freezing, with snow and wind and sleet.  You can see there’s a fine layer of ice on my gate.

Sky still had to accompany me outside while I did chores and wait for me by the gate.  Don’t get me wrong, he could have gone in the dog door and waited for me there, but no…

Sky

The goats tried going to pasture for about five minutes.  I did take pity on them and gave them full hay after their grain.

Cutie (I think; maybe Ava; I can’t see enough of the horns or where Ava’s black spot would be.)

Everyone has plenty to eat.  I have to make sure I have enough piles of hay that even the little girlies get to eat.

Venus

Even the llamas decided the weather was too bad to go out to pasture.

Some of the goats were eating outside.  Caroline just looks happy that she’s not in pasture eating.

Penelope, Annie, Caroline

I even gave the geese some hay to sit on and nibble on.

But one goose decided she’d rather sit in the frozen pool.

Why?  I don’t get it, but that’s a goose for you.  I swear they have rubber feet.

Anyhow, welcome back to winter!

Here Comes the Sun

29 Dec

I am so happy that we are into the time of year when the days are lengthening.

It’s also been convenient that I’ve not had to feed hay every day. With the lack of snow and warmer temperatures, they’ve been out in pasture most every day again.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to be horribly rushed to get chores done as soon as I get home from work for another month or so.

Zeus (still shut in, so he gets hay)

But it’s getting better now!