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The End of Summer

19 Aug

I’ve said it before:  the end of summer–from the first of August until the true start of fall– is my least favorite time of year.  It’s when the grass is getting eaten down and the risk of worms in the goats increase.

Margarita

There’s still green everywhere, and I still have to try to keep the yard mowed, and it’s also the busiest time for trying to put up the produce.

plums

This past week, I canned my first batch of roasted tomato sauce.  I still have several batches of sauce to do and some cold packed tomatoes also.

I’ve begun milking in earnest now, and I’m getting about six quarts of milk each day, so I’m working hard to make sure it all gets processed into yummy foods.

draining feta cheese

I’m also working on getting enough frozen for next year’s kids.

Anubus

It’s very easily the busiest time of year for me on the farm (with the exception of the crazy week of spring break babies), and I enjoy so many of the things going on (except the worms).  Then, in the middle of it all, I have to go back to teaching.

I’m not ready.  I’m never ready to leave everyone and go back to a full-time off-farm job, but after twenty-five years of teaching, it gets harder and harder.  As the herd grows older, it seems like I’m constantly evaluating who I can’t leave home all day, and do I need to have someone euthanized because of their risk of falling and getting stuck down.  I don’t have anyone at that point this year (thankful for that).

Vixen

I’m trying to figure out how I will get everyone their supplemental feeding when I’m going to be gone all day because I’m still building Aurora up and giving extra care to some of the goats struggling with the lack of copper.

Aurora

There’s so much to be done, and it’s hard enough to get it accomplished when I’m here all day.

And my dog and I are going to have a hard time being separated from each other for the whole day.  He’s been glued to my side (or sitting by the gate) the entire summer.

Sky

If my posts become shorter, you’ll know it’s because I’m frantically trying to get everything done and I’m back to work too, wishing I were home.

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Still Busy

3 Aug

I never seem to find enough time to get things done around here.  I just learned the date for the August market that they are doing in State Center.  I’m going to try to get some of the totes made to take and sell.  I’ve gotten a start.

I also decided to put pockets inside some of them.

I have a big stack ready to be turned into totes on my dining room table.

My sister also brought me a couple of new ones–pig and all flock!

I’m still making soaps.  I did another five batches:  Moonlight Pomegranate, Full Moon, Kentish Rain, Fresh Linen, and Fierce.

I still have another nine batches I want to make.  Of course, these will have to cure, so they won’t be ready until the one market in September.

I still have other crafty projects that I wanted to try, but I’m pretty sure they won’t happen this summer.  I have gourds to craft with and llama fleece to do something with.  But there just isn’t time between scooping buildings, regular chores and those extras that seem to be filling my days right now.  I’m still giving Aurora extra feed.

Aurora

Dolly is also getting extra care yet.  Her eyes are still pure white, so I did give her another gram of copper.  I was afraid to wait.  Hopefully, that will start helping her.

Dolly

Just to make it more fun, Dolly busted out (okay, she snuck through the panel where I had to cut Annie out last year) and went to pasture all yesterday.  Poor girl was exhausted when she got back, and the tight, tight skin on her overly full udder had popped–not what she needed.

I have her shut back in now, and I did half milk her out to keep it from rubbing anynmore.  I guess this might start to explain how time goes so quickly.

It’s Been a While

10 Jul

It’s been a while since I played musical critters and moved everyone around.  Friday evening, I sorted off the March babies that are getting sold.

My nephew loaned me his truck and helped me load kids Saturday morning, and they left the farm.

When I got back, I started all my moving.  When Aurora came out for her feed, I let her in the north paddock.

Aurora

There was only one problem with that.  Harley is a greedy pig.

Harley eating Auror’s feed

While all the goats were out in pasture, I haltered Tony and walked him around.

Tony

We went out the little gate into the driveway.  Fionn was sad he didn’t get to join us.

Fionn

The greeting committee was there when we got to the big red gate into the barnyard.

Odie (back), Maybeline, and Tony

Everything was going well.

Then Buster showed up and decided he wanted to fight.  Seriously?  I whipped the halter off Tony and wrestled with Buster until he figured out I was not going to let him go fight.  Then I haltered him.  He got put in llama jail (with the bucks).

Fionn and Buster

When the goats came up from pasture, it was time for the next step.  I closed everyone off the front pasture.

Then I let the bucks and Buster out.  Fionn and Xerxes were thrilled to be out where there was more green stuff to eat.

Xerxes, Fionn, and Buster behind

Buster just wanted to go find Tony and fight.

Tony wasn’t too concerned.  He was just enjoying the green stuff.

I opened the gate to the Back Forty.  It took Cookie all of about thirty seconds to notice and take Jimmy P out there with her.

Cookie and Jimmy P

After nearly three weeks without anyone on it, the grass is growing back on Dead Tree Hill.  That’s a good thing.

Penny

Pretty much everyone but Tony made their way out to pasture.  Tony was just chillaxing and enjoying himself.

I had to wait for everyone to be out of the barnyard before I could bribe Aurora to join the bucks on the front pasture. Although, she was perfectly content up north.  I just need to make sure it doesn’t get overgrazed because phase II of the moving around is weaning three girls so I can milk their moms.

Finally, Buster and the boys were in places I could shut them out of the barnyard, and Tony was on the other side of the barnyard, so I could block that.  I opened the north gate and Aurora wandered right down to the front pasture.  Whew.  Aurora will stay on the front pasture with Buster and the bucks until I am convinced she’s 110% back to good health.

Tony finally made it out to pasture late in the evening.

Once I get those three kids weaned, I don’t plan on moving anyone until I get to let Aurora back in to make a cria or until I am ready to make next year’s spring break kids.  Whew!