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Saturday Afternoon

12 Apr

You know it’s a busy day when I’m still on Saturday afternoon. Since the goats were hanging out basking, I decided I’d take the opportunity to get my spring water ready.  I started by putting a tub out for the bucks.

Freddie was trying out the tub while it was still filling

It makes me smile to see Freddie being good to his little buck.

I also emptied the big tub and put a smaller one there and then added some buckets that the kids can drink from.

Onyx

Brigit checking out the new bucket

But after a while, the goats quit basking and went out to pasture.

heading out to pasture

That let me go back to the rest of my plan.  I got Flower and Coral’s hooves trimmed and moved them up north.

Coral and Flower up north

Then I focused my attention on my poor garage.  I got the wheelbarrow out and the tire blown up and cleared from in front of the garage door.  I was impressed that the garage door opener worked perfectly once I got the sensor back in place.

Bob was my helper.

Bob Cat

But when I took my first load to dump, I ended up with someone thinking they were going to come and join me out in the driveway.

Caroline

I decided I’d be better off waiting until Sunday morning when everyone was really out in pasture. It would be much easier to clean then.

I made a little progress!

It was long until the few goats who came back in wandered back out to pasture, and I decided it was time to put the goose in.

happy out in the barnyard

I felt bad about making her go back in the pen, so I treated her with a clean pool.

taking a bath

I think she forgave me.

To Pasture For Real

7 Mar

With the warm weather last week, the goats have gone back out to pasture for real.  Sunday morning, despite the cold and wind, I decided to go out there and see them.

Of course, they came as soon as they noticed me.

It didn’t slow down their eating much though.

Pretzel

Penelope

The llamas are out there too.

Aurora and Maybeline

Odie

I am really glad to see them out here because it means I have fewer bales of hay to give them in the evening.

Munching away

Because they are also drinking out of the ditch, it means fewer buckets of water to carry.  I am really happy about that.

But it’s back to snowy winter, so I’m back to full rations of hay again and carrying lots of water.

Disruption in the Routine

28 Feb

I try really hard to keep to my farm schedule.  Even though that means I rarely do anything but work and farm.  I enjoy it. It’s also best for the animals to have a consistent schedule.  And right now, it’s just a necessity.

Unfortunately, for some reason my off-farm job decided that I have to work until 8pm tonight.  I won’t get home to start doing my hour of chores until 8:30. I am very unhappy about this because it means that none of my animals are going to get their grain.

Penelope

Not even Aurora who truly is getting extra because of her difficulty in maintaining her weight.

Aurora

I had to leave my poor birds shut in all day when we’re finally having nice weather, but I don’t want to risk raccoons getting them.

Bless my nephew for coming to add some water to the tub so my heater doesn’t overheat today. I could honestly probably unplug the heater for the day, but my little girls have a hard time reaching water when it gets that low, and at that time of night, I’d forget to plug it back in.

Pretzel getting a drink

I also don’t know what it’s going to do to my two girls I’m milking.  There’s a very real possibility that it will completely cause Zinnia and Joy to dry up.

Joy

I am seriously not happy with this. Pardon my complaining, but I really do try to do everything to meet my off-farm commitments and still provide good care for my animals, and this is just frustrating.