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Too Dry

17 Aug

We are still really dry.  I think I’ve had about a half an inch of rain in the last six or eight weeks.  I’m not sure how the grass is still as green as it is.

My poor oak trees are turning brown. I’m afraid a couple of them might not survive this.

Tony

There’s been a few days that we’ve had dark clouds teasing us with the idea of relief.

“This grass tastes dusty.” -Aurora

But it just stays cloudy and doesn’t give us any relief.

We still have a chance of some rain tonight, but it is again a really scattered hit-and-miss kind of rain.  Here’s hoping for anything.

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They Aren’t Helping

15 Aug

We finally woke up to some rain on Monday morning.  We didn’t end up with a lot, but it was enough to keep the goats and llamas in the barn most of the day.

Aurora (a couple of bucks just before they left) and Maybeline in back

That means I didn’t get to do any scooping.  That’s okay.  I kept busy with making cheese and preparing and freezing beans and making zucchini chips.  Tuesday would be better!

But, Tuesday morning started foggy.  It was so wet that it felt like it was raining even though it wasn’t  That means the goats were in the barn again.

I can’t scoop with them in the barn because some of them act like I’m going to use the potato fork on them.

Cupid

Others want to know where their treat is or just rub their face up and down my backside (seriously Casey).

Harley and Casey

Still others seem to think the spot I need to scoop is a nice place for napping.

Mary with Tootles and Bubbles

Again, I kept myself busy with canning and preparing and dehydrating foods.

chevre draining

By late morning, they went out to pasture and I could get some scooping done.  Sadly, my deadline of going back to work is getting here faster than I would like, but it will be done! How do I know that? Yesterday, we had unseasonably cool weather and the critters went out to pasture early, so I took the opportunity to work on the last section.  It’s done!

All I have left to do is touch up the floor and clean out the manger in the second section (behind Hera and Gidget) and put down a layer of cornstalk bedding.

Hera and Gidget

I think it will fit on the spreader.

Seriously, theis is the second full spreader from the barn.  Those llamas really need to keep their poop piles out of the barn.

Those Boys

13 Aug

Fionn is doing better.  He still isn’t coming into rut, but he did at least notice Cookie when she walked past him.  Although, I am happy he’s not getting all stinky since I am in there with him several times a day.

Fionn

He gets to watch the kids.

Frisco is pretty good at jumping through the gate when he thinks I have a bottle.

Frisco

He hangs out in the Love Shack and eats and eats and eats.

Hes so silly!

I know he’s feeling better because he’s rather demanding about his food anymore. If I take too long opening the gate, he starts beating on it.

Still not going to kiss that nose because that beard is stained from previous years.

He’s also eaten most of the green stuff that was growing in the pen.

If he keeps improving, I’ll consider moving him back with the rest of the boys, but they are in rut.  I would hate to have Xerxes try fighting with him while he’s still weak.

Xerxes

Zeus and Anubis are also in rut.  They are crazy peeing all over themselves and each other.

Zeus

It’s all kinds of stinky in there.

Anubis

I told Pluto he better be happy I took him out of there when I did.

Pluto (with his mom, Dolly, behind him)

He’s still clean and sweet and smoochable!