Another day of clean up here at Gullringstorp. Because of
the strong winds associated with this storm, we have snow blown
through cracks in our stable walls as well as our workshop. The
wind has also blown the snow into snow dunes all over
Gullringstorp, including our roads in and out of the property.
These snow dunes are not soft fluffy dunes, but hard packed snow
and ice. Our goats are indoors today. They can go out sometimes
during the winter months. If the enclosures are pretty clear, then
they can go out. Much of our snow gets moved around with the help
of our tractor. Thank goodness for it. Here you can see our snow,
snow dunes, snow in our workshop and our tractor at work.
We heard a storm would come yesterday . Our goats were kept inside but no storm.
Just past 1 am it hit with wind and snow.
Gullringstorp is once again a winter wonderland in the Swedish countryside.
It was a very strange and unstable weather day so our herd remained inside.
I did work and added items to my website http://www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com
Today was the perfect day to pick up hay for our goats. We now have a beautiful new bale in the feed box.
We have been very busy here at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. In addition to on-line sales through our website and re-orders through e-post, we are preparing for the holidays.
Amidst all the work, we finally have received photos of our Li’l Sis Goat Milk donation to a foundation called Appomense Hope for Africa Foundation, in Ghana. They do wonderful work with children and orphanages. I am very proud to be in partnership with this particular Foundation through Global Hand Organization.
They have all been so very busy with many programs for the children. Finally they have made the distribution of all the soaps to the different orphanages.
Akwakwaa Nyameste Orphanage, which is located in the Central Region just to name one of several orphanages that received our donation.
I was so delighted to see the happy smiles on those cute little brown faces.
I plan to work more with this foundation to help where I can, which means more donations in the future.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is preparing another donation through Global Hand to the Philippines. There is much loss of not only life but of all ones worldly goods including personal care products. I hope that my Eco – Friendly 100% natural Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps will be welcomed.
We have 4 wonderful, mischievous and funny cats here at
Gullringstorp. Two of our funniest cats are our Tuxedo cats. Not
only are the fun to observe, but they are so loving. One of our two
Tuxedo cats is Juliet. She loves to watch me clean and cook in the
kitchen. She relaxes on the sofa and enjoys all the activity. Make sure your volume is turned up to hear her enthusiastic purr. It’s the loudest of all our cats.
Another cold day here at Gullringstorp. Our boys were out and they enjoyed their time out. Boy, did they need it.
All our goats will all be getting their dinner real soon and tucked in for the night.
I had a really moving moment in our stable today. When the girls are in, I make the time to spend time with each goat and give kisses and hugs. It’s also a time to feel each goat’s body and make sure each one is feeling well with no aches or uncomfortable places in the body.
While sitting with Pansy who holds a special place in my heart as does Keriana, I became overcome with emotion. You see, Keriana is Frida’s first baby born here 4 years ago and Pansy and her sister Poppy are her second set of twins born with us. We lost my first goat Frida and one of her daughters Poppy, to pneumonia. Poppy left a little buckling who has been adopted by Pansy. Little Huckleberry is just so cute and impish.
As I snuggled into his fluffy baby fur, I told him his grandmother Frida would have just loved him. I told him she would have kissed him everyday and made sure he was happy and safe.
Well, as I held him, felt his fur and smelled him, I just started crying. I couldn’t stop thinking of how I missed Frida and Huckleberry’s mother Poppy. Pansy’s daughter, Lilly tried to lick my tears away, wondering why I was making such unfamiliar sounds.
I miss our beautiful Frida every single day. I want never to forget her and her beautiful face .
Huckleberry really is her grandson and Pansy and Keriana are definitely her daughters.
Huckleberry explores the boy’s box and just like her mother Frida, Pansy keeps a close eye on him.
Please check back for more updates from Gullringstorp.
So sorry to all my followers that I have been away from my blog for a while. A lot of travel for my business Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap and very busy here at Gullringstorp. Since I have been on the go so much, it’s been too easy to take quick photos and write a quick post on my Facebook pages. Please take a peek at what we have been up to both here at Gullringstorp with our goats and at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap.
Our little herd was tucked into bed early this evening. We had an engagement with a very well know antique expert, Peder Lamm from Stockholm and often seen on Swedish TV.
We were served a wonderful dinner of curry kyckling och potatis ( chicken curry with potatoes ) and a desert. We had a choice of sparkling water or öl (beer).
We had great company at out table and great conversation.
Thank you for the kind invitation.
Quite some time ago, we went to our neighbors to ask if we could buy a little playhouse that was sitting unused. We thought, ok, I thought it would make a really cute chicken house. We were thinking of getting chickens for Gullringstorp and had yet decided on how to house them. This little playhouse seemed perfect.
It’s tradition to build a replica of the main house when houses are being built in Sweden. They are so cute. The children have a tiny replica of the house they live in. It’s also tradition to allow children to make decisions. The young lady who had clearly outgrown her play house, refused to sell it to us. I was disappointed of course , but she had that right to say no.
We decided to renovate the outdoor stable bathroom/shower house. So now our chickens have a real apartment. They have 3 rooms, a front door with steps , a hatch door on the side, a heater, windows and lights.
We have watched the cute little playhouse fall into disrepair from non use over the past year. Poor little house. While in London, my husband was asked if we wanted this little playhouse, at no charge. My husband accepted and said we would find good use for it. The sad little playhouse made its way into our goat enclosure. With much TLC this house is now a cute addition to our enclosure and a place to have hay and shelter for our girls.
Our girls are all happy with the new playhouse and we are happy to have it.
As an animal lover, I just had to share this with you.
We have a Rosie here at Gullringstorp. She is a goat, but this is about another Rosie,she is not a goat.
Rosie is a tiny Chihuahua that was born in a puppy mill or hoarder’s home in Southern California. She managed to survive the terrible conditions in which she was living but has a lifetime of congenital health issues to deal with.
In spite of all of this,, little Rosie who have a new forever home in California, is thriving and happy. She gets all the best care possible to give her a new lease on life.
When you watch this video of little Rosie, don’t cry for her because she is one of the lucky ones. She has survived and is living a life full of love. Do cry for all the little “Rosies” that have yet to be discovered and rescued.
You can read all about Rosie here: http://www.everythingrosie.com
After yesterday’s dismal rainy day, we have a bright, dry, crisp windy, cold and beautiful day here at Gullringstorp!
Our goats are really happy to be out.
With the cold wind blowing through the enclosure, it is a “goats in coats ” day!
This is why our babies and Hilda are wearing their coats today!
Thank you for the beautiful day!
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her way to Ghana !!
With our need to give back and participate in humanitarian causes, we have decided to make donations of our Eco- Friendly 100% Natural products.
We have recently become engaged with Global Hand Organization. Global Hand is an online matching service: a non-profit brokerage facilitating public/private partnership. It brings together people who want to address global issues: for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations, foundations, trusts, governments, diplomats and more. It works like this; you decide what you have to donate, services, a product, educational skills or other skills, etc. You place on their site what you wish to donate and what your interests are and which charity organizations or causes you wish to align yourself. We are particularly concerned with children and want to help where we can. We have expressed our interest in assisting children in need as we placed our offer of Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap on the site. Within a few hours, we had several notes of interest from many NGO’s and charity organizations; Uganda, Ghana, India and Kosovo just to mention a few. It then becomes our job to research these organizations and decide which one or ones best fits our needs as someone donating. Once we are satisfied, we will donate our product. We can’t and shouldn’t rush such an important decision like this. Because Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is a small fledgling home business, we do not have the inventory to be able to donate to all of the notes of interest in our mailbox. Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is not a major player, but every little bit helps. We would give anything to see those little faces light up when they see our little goat on the soap!
We have taken the time needed to review all the notes of interest that Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap has received both on the Global Hand website and my e-mail. Each one is more compelling than the next. We really wish that we had the capacity to assist in as many notes of interest as we have received. This is, however, not possible for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap at this time.
In our quest to make my choice, we have had to do a lot of thinking and researching each NGO. After having read through each website, our decision is made.
It is important to me to be able to help children in any way we can so our choice was clear. We have decided to go into partnership with Appomense Hope for Africa Organization in Ghana. In addition to many projects, they presently work with 9 orphanages. They have children from 1 day old up to 19 years old.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is not a large company, but size does not determine your ability to help people in need. We can not send boxes upon boxes of product, but after our warm welcome from Appomense Hope for Africa, we will do my best to donate a couple of times a year to this organization.
We are so excited and now it’s time to select our products and get them packaged up for their long trip to Ghana!
Wow have I been busy here at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap! I have packed our box full of wonderfully delicious Eco-Friendly 100% Natural goat milk soap. We just have a few details to work out before this box is sent to Appomense Hope for Africa Foundation in Ghana.
We were so happy to have completed our donation and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her was to Ghana Africa!
What’s next for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap?
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her way to London !!
Well she can’t stay home long because in just a few weeks Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will be on her was to a shop in London, UK!!
We are so happy to be in our first store in London! I will deliver the order in person and will take photos.
Oh dear, Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap just needs to keep her bags packed!
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her way to Nepal !!
A Swedish nurse contacted me and let me know she and her sister and a third lady are traveling to Nepal and there is a request for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps.
Rebecka is traveling to volunteer at a hospital in Kathmandu, through the Swedish organization, Skandinaviska Institutet. They saw my offer on Global Hand Organization website. Another young lady, Malin, is going to volunteer in an orphanage, Dhuruba Dampus Orphanage Center that is in southern Nepal.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is more than happy to donate to the orphanage in Nepal. Our soaps will travel with the two Swedish volunteers to Nepal. We have just packed our box full of wonderfully delicious Eco-Friendly 100% Natural goat milk soap and it’s ready for travel to Nepal.
We really hope our Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will bring a smile to their faces and lots of bubbles.
Please wish Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap happy and safe travels to all of her destinations.
Every evening after we have prepared the boxes for the night, we spend some time with our goats. This time serves several purposes; we have some quality time with them as a herd and as individuals. We can check goats while they are in motion to make sure there are no signs of any limps or favoring of one side over the other. I check udders to make sure no one is too full, because our babies are beginning to wean themselves. I check ears for lost ear clips. I give little back rubs as I brush each one and check for anything unusual. I check eyes, noses and ears. They never realize they are being examined because I try to make each goat’s individual time with me personal, with brushing and stroking and of course conversation.
I find a place to sit and make myself comfortable and each goat will slowly make her way to me, for attention. The babies try to get all our attentions. We have no issues with the little ones, they get plenty of hugs and kisses.
Once all this is done, each goat will find a comfy place to relax and take an evening rest. Mothers and babies always lay close together and snooze. Friends will play for a while then rest close together. Some prefer to relax all by themselves.
Here are Gullringstorp goats at rest in the early evening:
It is always a pleasure to just sit and watch my goats while they are playing, running or resting. They are a real delight.
Nanna, one of our Pygmy does, is a very special lady. She is kind, gentle and at times quite mischievous. This little lady has given us a beautiful little buckling, Toby, who has grown into a handsome buck. She was such a good mother to her baby. As a member of our herd, she greets everyone and is easy-going in the enclosure.
This little lady has found a special place in my heart for all the reasons above.
Here is the kind and gentle side of Nanna:
The boys were once again led into the enclosure and straight on through the gate to the new enclosure . Once there, every little buck got down to the serious business of eating yummy grass:
The girls really enjoy morning and the morning sunshine:
Everyone enjoys a beautiful day . today is a really beautiful day at Gullringstorp!
We have been discussing the idea of another enclosure for the boys, for some time. We have plenty of land that is not being used so why not use some for another enclosure. We had different ideas for who would use this new enclosure; an outdoor enclosure for the future new babies and mothers or for future new bucklings who are a nuisance to the does and too small for the big boys. Leif decided to get started on the new enclosure and decided to get it done before the winter came. this way the enclosure would be all ready next spring. The enclosure is now complete and has been tested out by our boys.
Our boys can enjoy the new enclosure before next Spring. they love their new area and I am quite proud of my husband for all his hard work. the new enclosure is beautiful. Thank you Leif!
I am so happy to report that our little buckling Florian has been through the worst and all the discomfort associated with his procedure. He is now under the watchful, loving eye of his mother Iris. Iris who was my wild child, always needing to be first and get all the treats, has settled down considerably when she became a mother and a fine one at that. Florian is in the best hands possible with his loving mother.
He is sleeping well, and has a wonderful appetite. He no longer sleeps with the bucks in their box, he is back with his mother Iris and sister Blossom. In addition, he is able to enjoy his days now in the ladies enclosure. There he can play and still be a little boy with Huckleberry, with no fear of unwanted or unplanned pregnancies among our does or doelings.
He has been welcomed into the enclosure by each doe and has been accepted as a part of their herd within a herd. Prior to our goats being released into the enclosure, we must prepare. Water buckets are cleaned everyday, the grounds are checked for any dangerous items that may have gotten into the enclosure and hay for both the boys and girls is brought out from the stable. Every now and again, there are repairs that need tending to. Leif takes care of them, as a rule.
Little Florian spends hes days now with Mommy and returns with her to their box in the evening, for dinner. For the next 5 days, he will receive a penicillin injection. He took last night’s injection well. I decided that he would be too active in the morning and like any child would not be still for me. So when he comes inside at night, not only is he worn out from all the fun of the day, but he is hungry and pays no attention to me or what I am doing.
Well as you can see, I had real difficulty keeping my promise to sell our next bucklings. I did try with Florian but it was a no go. He will remain with us here at Gullringstorp and grow happily in the home of his birth, Gullringstorp.
On a previous post, we were trying to sell our little buckling Florian. We needed to sell him because we had enough bucks here at Gullringstorp. We had a potential buyer, but on the day of the planned sale, a rainy Sunday, she didn’t show up. My husband saw an email saying that they weren’t sure we wanted to sell Florian and that they bought another buckling.
I didn’t have a very good feeling about this buyer from the start. Goats are herd animals and need to be at the very least, two. They were only buying Florian and did not speak of buying a second. When we asked if she had another goat, the answer was no. When let her know that he needed another goat companion, she said she would consider it.
When that Sunday arrived, I felt very strange and felt like there was not going to be a sale that day. It was raining out and my gut feeling was that it would not happen. I was right. Our potential buyer bought a goat, one goat. I really hope that she takes our advice and purchases another goat for a companion. I hope she is happy with her little buck and he has a buddy or will get a buddy.
Florian will remain with his mother Iris, sister Blossom and us here at Gullringstorp. He will not be a working buck because we already have all we need. He will remain as a wether. This is a castrated buck. Because he would be mounted often in the buck’s enclosure because of his size and new gender, he will remain on the girl’s side with the ladies and Huckleberry, our other little wether.
Today was his castration. I was not too worried yesterday, but this morning, all the possibilities that could go wrong, came flooding into my head. My fears were unwarranted because we have such a wonderful and competent veterinarian to care for him.
Florian was placed back into the carrier and we made the 30 minute drive back to Gullringstorp. Florian was pretty much still out of it during that drive home but realized right away as we drove down the driveway to the stable that he was home. He could hear Iris calling for him and Blossom also. We placed a fresh layer of clean straw on top of the bedding in his box. I had originally wanted to take the first layer of bedding away and add the new straw and I’m glad I mentioned it to our vet. He explained why that was a bad idea. The bacteria built up in the bedding from al the urine and coffee bean sized poopies, was better left undisturbed until we were ready to empty the whole box. He recommended to place a clean layer on top, so we did just that.
I brought Iris and Blossom into the stable while Leif took care of letting Florian out of the transport carrier. Iris was so happy to see her baby buckling and the same for him.
Florian will be quite uncomfortable for the rest of today, because it actually hurts when he is lying down. He will move from spot to spot until he is better. We had the same with Huckleberry. He couldn’t really get comfortable lying down and seemed to feel better standing.
Huckleberry was feeling just fine within 2 days so I hope the same for Florian. I was sent home with 5 syringes filed with penicillin to protect from tetanus that is common with such procedures. He will receive an injection once a day for the next 5 days.
Wish us luck please and hope that Florian makes a full recovery.
At a Neighbor Party, the hosts, organize the entire evening for us. There are the games that start the evening off, then we retire to indoors for a beautifully laid buffet. After the meal comes desert along with coffee, then godis (candy snacks) and snaps and cognac. There will be active conversation from the recent harvest, to hat or straw bales to tractors. Information is shared and everyone, up and down our table is engaged in a conversation. After tractors, our end of the table was relegated to discussions about goats, then the soap making business, then tractors again. Our hosts were kind enough to arrange for a mini bus to pick us all up at preplanned locations. This was so kind and allowed everyone to be free to drink as much as they wanted and not have to worry about the drive home. When we arrived at our host’s Inn (Värdshuset) in the woods just minutes away from Gullringstorp, our hosts greeted us outside in the garden. We were told of the events of the evening. I am pretty sure that this tradition is only in our neck of the woods, but there are outdoor activities well planned out for all the guests to participate in. Everyone enjoys the fun , no matter how silly. It’s great to see all of our hard-working neighbors leave the worried of the world behind and just have FUN! Our Planned evening:
Station 1 : Drinks! We walked through the beautiful woods and came upon the first station. There we had our choice of drink, beer, whisky etc.
Station 2: Driving! We were all wondering what we would be driving. We soon found out.
Station 3 : Tossing Frogs ! Oh dear, I all could think was, poor little frogs!
Station 4: Hot Air Balloons! We had no idea. We soon found out.
Station 5: Up to our waist in water !!! Oh dear! Station 6: Tire toss! Tire toss???? Oh dear.
Station 2: Driving!!
Station 3: Tossing Frogs Luckily they were NOT real frogs, but jelly frogs!
Station 4: Hot air balloon Object of the game was to hold a balloon between your legs and walk around a chair 3 times
Station 5 : Up to your waist in water ! We weren’t actually! there was a glass of water on a piece of paper and the object was to pull the paper without spilling the water. What fun we had and so many laughs
Station 6 : Tire Toss For some reason, I was picturing tractor tires and this would be an event for the men. What a surprise to find out that it was a bike tire to be tosses over the back of a wooden lawn chair. It was a lot of fun for all. I made it twice!
All our event photos are only of my other team mates. The other teams were ahead of us and we didn’t really see them except at the end when al got together at the end. After all the teams had completed all the events, we waited for our hostess to welcome us inside to sit for our meal and drinks.
We enjoyed the beautiful meal and then it was time for a traditional Swedish event, Snaps Songs. We each got printed out song lists with lyrics and even the name of a familiar song that was the tune for this Snaps Song. We had lots of fun and everyone participated, even my husband.
After the songs we had desert and coffee.
It is a Swedish tradition for someone to stand up and say a special toast of thanks to our hosts. Our hosts were thanked not only for the wonderful time, but for the food , drinks and good company. This evening it was my husband.
After some time has passed and we have all had plenty to eat and drink, it’s time for an all time favorite at our neighbor parties, Grilled Korv ( Hot Dogs) ! To our hosts, Ann-Marie och Carl-Eric, we send a warm THANK YOU for such a lovely evening ! To our neighbors we send a warmTHANKS for the evening’s enjoyable companionship. To our neighbors who were unable to attend, you were MISSED, but please enjoy the fun here.
All of you who have been loyal readers of my blog know me and know of my love of animals. For those of you who are new to my blog, if you visit my many post you will see my love of animals reflected in my photography and stories that I have shared.
I would love to share this video with you all . I just found it so beautiful and touching. I also want to send a warm hug and kisses of thanks to everyone in this video.
Exactly the day after my last post, we got a call on the ad we placed for Florian. Oh dear, time to shift gears. We were already in the midst of integrating him with our other bucks , slowly. We were giving Iris a chance to become accustomed to the idea that her little baby was growing up and away. Since we had no potential buyers for him, this was the route we had chosen.
Our potential buyer has horses, apparently, lots of them. But NO goats. My husband has been in communication with the young lady and somehow forgot to ask if there were other goats or if there ever were other goats. His answer to me was that they had horses and they planed to castrate him.
Concerns on two levels:
1. That my husband didn’t think to ask such an important question
2. Oh dear, no other goats! Goats are herd animals and need other goats, or at least one other. Even bucks need goat companionship. It’s important.
Now I understand that this young lady would consider getting a second. It’s not really a consideration, it will be a must. I am a bit worried because I don’t want him bought as a folly and then end up somewhere not wanted or just neglected when the time needed to tend to a goat is realised. Sort like the Easter bunny thing,; so many cute baby bunnies are bought at Easter time then as they grow, eat and poop, they are released to fend for themselves in a wild that they no nothing about, having been bred for domestic care and use. I do have well founded concerns, yet oddly enough , my husband does not. Hummmm.
As of this morning, I have no idea if a second goat has been acquired already and I would really like know.
Selling an animal here at Gullringstorp has never been easy , even under the very best of conditions. I am closer to my animals than I suppose I should be and I have been told to keep my professional distance since they are a major component of my Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap business.
Our buyer is due to come to Gullringstorp tomorrow so my husband is now like a race horse at the gate, chomping at the bit. My greeting this morning was not, “Good morning, how was your sleep?” although I did get that later. Instead I was greeted with all the sales and transport papers for our little Florian !
Oh my!!! When in a marriage do men understand and master the fine art of sensitivity and really understand their wives?? When??
I’m very glad all the paperwork was done, God knows I would never do it, but to be the first thing I was greeted with in the morning just was a bit unkind. I say, get them done, place them somewhere where I don’t have to see them and present them on the day of the sale. I am already having mixed feelings about this sale and to be have to look at the final papers was just beyond me. Not a good feeling.
Yes, yes , yes, I know this is all part of farm life. I know this, and I keep telling myself this, but it never makes it any easier when an animal is giving birth, sick, dying or being sold.
I don’t know when I’ll become less sensitive and my husband a bit more sensitive.
Please don’t say well this is what you signed up for, all of the above, because I know that.
Sometimes , it’s just about timing. Timing can be everything.
We’ve recently had two bucklings born here at Gullringstorp. We had our fingers crossed hoping for all doelings but when Poppy gave birth to a tiny buckling, all hope went out the window. I had previously made a promise to my husband that we would sell any bucks born here at Gullringstorp. We already have a large buck herd of 7.
First issue was a previous promise made to Frida. When Frida arrived to us already pregnant, we said we would never ever sell her babies. We have all her children and now her grand children. Little huckleberry had to stay, no questions asked. He was castrated and he will live here at Gullringstorp as a wether.
Iris one of our Pygmy does gave birth to a doeling and a buckling. Here, I have done my very best to stick to my promise.
Florian has been a beautiful little fella that I have very much enjoyed watching grow, from a distance. Not too distant because I want him to be socialized for his new home. He is such a little man already but retains his baby closeness with his mother and sister.
We had a potential buyer since his birth so he didn’t go into an ad until just recently. I have tried very hard not to become too attached to this little one because I had it in my head that he would be leaving us soon. Our interested party has vanished into thin air and we are left with no choice but to place an ad for him. I took the photos and grit my teeth as I forwarded them to my husband to be able to place along with the ad.
Not one interested party! Now what? Two choices, castration or integration with our bucks.
For the past two days , Florian has begun his slow introduction to the bucks of Gullringstorp, all 7 of them. I know what a ridiculous amount of bucks, my husband said the same. Most were born here and I just couldn’t sell them. Thank goodness they are all African Miniature goats so they don’t take up a lot of space and we do have room for them all.
Florian basking in the love of his mother and sister:
Here is our little Florian on his supervised visits in the boy’s enclosure:
Then some real fun was discovered!
After a couple of hours in the boy’s enclosure, Florian was back with his mother and sister.
Our ad is still running and we could get a buyer any day. We still have the options of castration or deciding to add Florian to our buck herd.
This is not fun, let me tell you. But this is life on the farm.
First of all, let me say that it’s good to be back at Gullringstorp after an extended stay in London. It was an unplanned trip due to my daughter having unexpected surgery. My stay in London was as nursemaid and mommy. With my daughter better and recovering quite quickly, I was able to return to Gullringstorp. This is my first post since my absence. It’s not really about my goats, but not to worry, I have plenty to share with you very soon.
After being away from Gullringstorp and not doing my daily business related work, I was starting to feel a bit less productive than normal and feeling like my business was slipping a bit. Just wanted to share some kind and reassuring words from one of my business partners:
” The two best things for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap are repeat customers and referred customers. You have been getting tons of both, so this means that the word is being spread about Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. “
My business partner was correct and as a new business owner, you need people around you to give encouragement when needed and to see the business from another point of view. I value her insight as well as my other business partner who assures me that he is doing all he can to keep Gullringstorp up and running so that our goats are comfortable, healthy and happy. Without my goats there is no goat milk and we need the goat milk. They both help keep me on track and on the right path to my goals and remind me that Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap may grow slowly but steadily . And they are so right.
We just had a repeat customer come to Gullringstorp yesterday with her parents and son to both enjoy the gardens, goats and make yet another substantial purchase. This customer was part of a chain reaction; her husband was recommended to Li’l Sis by another wonderful customer of ours, they came for a requested tour of Gullringstorp with many other and finalized their tour with purchases. I am happy to say that our customer of yesterday who is very Environmentally aware, let me know that she is spreading the word about our Eco-Friendly 100% Natural Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap.
As a business owner, I can not ask more than that. I am very happy!
When we started out with our goats, we decided not to have bucks of our own. This was because of all that I have read and all that I had heard. Bucks were dangerous, bucks were stinky and bucks were unpredictable.
We went for a long time hiring a Rent-A-Buck to come by Gullringstorp for our ladies. We were lucky to get a beautiful buck named Emil who fathered some of our most beautiful babies. You can read about Emil on another post “Our Rent-A-Buck” .
Then it happened, Hilda, our most gentle of all our goats gave birth to a doeling and a little buckling. Knowing how the temperament of the mother is passed on to her babies, we knew that this would be a wonderful and gentle buck when he grew up. We were right. Then we realized that since we also had tiny Pygmy does, we needed some tiny Pygmy bucklings for them. We purchased 3 tiny bucklings from the same farm we bought the doelings. With these little boys , we gave them all the love and attention we could so that they would be manageable.
Two years later, Nanna one of our Pygmy does, gave birth to Toby and I just couldn’t bring myself to sell him. Alika and Hilda two of our Nigerian Dwarf goats gave birth to 3 beautiful little bucklings, Pip, Winston and Phillip. Needless to say, they all have remained here with us and near their mothers, at Gullringstorp.
We have 7 bucks now in the boy’s quarter. With all the love and hands on, hand feeding every day, we have 7 beautiful, tamed bucklings. They are all collar and leash trained, should we need them to be led on a leash.
Although they are all tamed and kind, they are not without challenges: One challenge has been the way they have their hay in the box. We had one hay rack That was already in place from when horses used to live here. That hay rack was modified for our goats. Then we saw that we needed more hay holders of some kind. We tried horse hay bags. Well let me tell you, I know horses weigh a lot more than our little boys, but our little boys can really do some damage. they used their horns to systematically destroy the bags. That wasn’t working with the bucks , but did work with the does and doelings. We found an ad for hay racks at a great price, when purchased in volume. so we bought 5 of the.
Our bucks got 2 of the new racks. We thought our hay storage was solved. well it really wasn’t. We had two little bucks who thought it was fun to leap from the cable drum and lad right in the middle of the hay rack. Not a good idea; no place for accidental poopies or pee pee. We tried to move the cable drum so they couldn’t reach the hay racks. We did that, then , one day saw something that I had never imagined. Our little buck Winston, no bigger than a Cocker Spaniel actually leaped up into the hay rack from the ground!!
Then I got an idea. Not just out of the blue, mind you. Lids!! Lids are not unusual here at Gullringstorp. I our tiny Pygmy girl’s box, we had the same problem. We had a tiny doe who kept leaping into the hay rack. Solution, a lid. Pygmy goats love to climb so all the girls have had a chance up on the lid, now a fun shelf.
So lids it was:
Our bucks were shocked at first to see the lids and were a bit confused. Then they found the perfect use for the lids; sharpen their horns , of course!
As our little bucks have enjoyed their enclosure, it became obvious that they were now in need of more grazing. It was time to extend their space.
The boys like to relax on warm days:
Well with new covered hay racks and extended enclosure, our boys are more than happy!