Tag Archives: Cutie

What’s This For

6 Aug

Right after I put the wheelbarrow together and brought it into the barnyard, some goats had to check it out.

Aphrodite, Hilda, Cutie

They didn’t seem to know what it was good for.

Perhaps scratching between the horns?

Maybe a snack.

Mmmm..Yum…wood.

Hilda

They finally decided it was pretty boring.

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An Ode to the Wheelbarrow

1 Aug

Aging with aching back
dreading the looming task
I seek help for my work woes
and find a hero in the simple
wheelbarrow–

The task at hand never fun
but progress seen boosts
the spirits; especially now
with my job made easier by a
wheelbarrow–

Now that the garage and buck pen have been scooped out, I’m moving on to the greenhouse.  It’s been way too long.  I figured it up and between the construction mess, rain, dry, llama/cow battles, and not having a manure spreader, it’s been five years since my greenhouse and barn were scooped. [Edit:  I was wrong.  It’s been four years; it just looks like five because the stinking llamas keep making their poop piles in my buildings.] There is no way it can go another year (although, goats don’t make the mess cows do, and the composting actually helps keep them warm in winter).  I picked up the goat minerals from the outside pen and removed my hobbled barrier to keep the llamas out.

I still don’t have a manure spreader parked right outside the pen, so I have to haul it across the barnyard, past the lounging llamas.  Then I have to go in the front door of the barn and out the first side door.

Odie and Maybeline

Then it gets piled behind the Love Shack.  This fall, when the crops are out of the field, it will get spread on it.  If my nephew doesn’t get around to it, well, I’ll have plenty of compost for next year.

I worked hard all yesterday afternoon.  I made some good progress.  This one is going to be a several day job though, because I’m old.  Seriously.  I scoop for four hours and want to take the next day and a half to recover.  I am sadly running out of time, so I don’t get that luxury with this building.

I do have some expert help though.  Tony is trying to make sure I get some good experience steering a full wheelbarrow around large objects.  So helpful!

Tony Llama

The goats had to check things out when they came back up from pasture.

Haley with kids Orpheus and Calliope

Cutie doesn’t look too sure about this.

Cutie (and Aphrodite behind her)

I’ll be really happy to have this building done.  I’m hoping to have it done before the weekend, because our nice, cool working weather is coming to an end.  Then I’ll just have the biggest and messiest building left to scoop–the barn.

Trying to Avoid Mud

30 Jun

Goats do not like wet or mud.  They are working hard to find ways to get comfortable and stay clean and dry.  Most just pile into the barn.

Penny and Casey

Some have gone over to the greenhouse (if you layer your goats, you can get more into the space).

Cutie, Pistol, Dolly and Astra

Others are more creative.

Hilda

Gidget (her kids Zeus and Hera) and Bonnie

Joani

Bambi and Betty Lou

You’d be amazed how many goats will fit on one picnic table.

Aphrodite, Litha, Zisa, Loki, Reva, and Caroline

When the moms go out to pasture in this horrible wet weather, the kids stay up in the barnyard.

Pluto (Anubis using him as a pillow)

Pandora

So they come out to play!

Freya

Callipoe and Jimmy P

Hopefully, we’ll get to dry up.