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Max and Pumpkin


Max just relaxing in the kitchen with his girlfriend Pumpkin. She’s one of my daughter’s cats who came to live with us in Sweden from NY. When Pumpkin arrived and met  Max for the first time, she was in love. She is by his side whenever she can be. She’s 16 years old.
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Good Afternoon from Gullringstorp!


My babies are grown now Tweety and Sylvester are full grown chicken and rooster. Wow, seems like a blink of an eye and they are grown.

Well the good thing is, this breed Swedish Kinda hens love to sit eggs. They will sit anyone’s eggs including duck eggs. They are just mommas 100%. I would love to see Tweety lay her own eggs and sit them. She’s practicing sitting. She’s so cute !

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Johanna Marknad


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We had a wonderful day at Johanna Marknad yesterday ! We met so many nice people from Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany.

My new soaps were a hit: Rose Petals, Baby Goat and Pet Soap.
Several expectant mothers bought my new Baby a Goat soap made with gentle Chamomile Essential Oil and Calendula infused oil with petals added. A very mild and gentle baby soap.

My biggest thrill if the day was to have a group of teenage young ladies who were so impressed by my Eco-Friendly message in my product ! Yeah for the new generation who will care for our Environment!

I also met a local politician who was impressed with my company story and product. I’ve been asked to be a motivational speaker for the Swedish youth in yet another community .

I visited a vendor close by our table who sold the most delicious jams. Of course I needed to taste all on offer. Just out of this world! Wow! I bought 3 of the 4 varieties offered. The one I passed on was predominately Rhubarb which is not a favorite of mine. Check them out!     www.henstorp.se

It was a very hot day that kept the huge crowds away but that didn’t dampen any spirits!

Thank you to all my new customers!

 

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Good Morning from Gullringstorp!


Yesterday we participated in a market with Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. We were to be gone the entire day and because it was a very hot day, we decided our goats should remain indoors. Since we couldn’t be there to hose them down or refill their water buckets throughout the day, they were much better off in the stable. Our stable is wonderful, cool during the summer and warn during the winter months.

Today is just as hot as yesterday but we are home so they will have showers and fresh cold water throughout the day.

They all were very happy to be outside today. Hay in the enclosure was a special treat today. Some decided to wear their treat.

Love to see our goats so delightfully happy!

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Good Afternoon From Gullringstorp!


Well it took quite a bit of ingenuity and time, but somehow in the scorching heat we did it! We got ALL the girls, all 19 into the new enclosure.

What a beautiful sight to see them all enjoying the bounties offered in the new area. They are happy with grass galore, cool water and shade from the workshop. My husband fixed the gate so it could be closed behind them. They will spend the better portion of the day in there. We will release them back into the larger enclosure to resume normal activities in the late afternoon.
I am delighted !


A Hot Humid Day at Gullringstorp .


Today is a very hot and humid day. Our goats are doing just what you should on a day like this.

Resting goats:

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HAPPY 4th of JULY


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Calling All Cats and Dogs, and Their Owners !!!


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Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap has added  3 new soaps to our collection: Baby Goat Soap, Rose Petals  Soap and our own Pet Soap.

Li’l Sis Pet Soap is full of wonderful and Eco-Friendly ingredients. My products have NO chemicals and NO artificial ingredients. There is NEVER any Animal Testing.

My 100 % Natural soap bar has ingredients that will not only moisturize your pets skin and fur, but condition it as well. Goat milk by itself is very nutritious to skin providing all the qualities of the 50+ vitamins and minerals that it contains.

After much research and reading , I have decided on a recipe that will serve many purposes for your pet. Not only will your pet have a clean , soft and shiny coat, but those pesky ticks and fleas will no longer be a problem. An added plus, your pet will smell wonderful.           I only use Natural Essential Oils in all my soaps, including my Pet Soap.

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap uses only vet approved Essential Oils in my Pet Soap :

Lavender Essential Oil to calm and relax your pet and to help make  bath time more enjoyable.

Peppermint & Clove Essential Oils to help combat fleas and ticks.

Our dog Max loves his bath time with Li’l Sis Pet Goat Milk Soap.

 

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Max not only enjoyed his bath but his fur was soft, shiny and he smelled wonderful!

I always clean his eyes, ears and little nose after his bath with a soft cotton ball.

 

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The Girl’s New Enclosure


Our girls are a bit slower to understand that they have a new section of their enclosure. Our boys were not so timid when they first saw their extension. This is their 2nd year so they were ready when we opened it up this year.

Once our girls were in the new section, they were curious. Some even started to eat the tall delicious grasses. But when one lady was ready to go back to the familiar , they all ran.

They will soon discover that this new area is not only delicious but fun also with a hillside to climb up.

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Gullringstorp Bucks


We have had a few days of rain. So far, the weather is holding and our goats are happy as are our hens.

Our boys made it clear they needed mommy, so after my walk I went in to spend time with them.

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Bridge Day Market


Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap participated in another local summer market, Bridge Day Market.
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Our day at the Bridge Day Market may have been cold, windy and very wet, but Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap had a wonderful day!
We met great new people: to our right were vendors who hailed from Peru and to our left was a vendor who hailed from Germany. We enjoyed great conversation, helped each other with making change when needed and anchoring down our tents. We shared food from Peru and fried herring with lovely toppings. We enjoyed the sights and sounds of our local market. there was something for everyone at the Bridge Day Market.

Li’l Sis was happy to introduce her Eco Friendly product with many new customers.
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We met Louise, who we call Max’s first mommy. She is the breeder we bought Max from. She is the owner of Waffotis Kennels in Östergotland.  Every time we met Louise, Max knows exactly who she is and they have a joyous reunion. It’s a pleasure to watch!

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We were so happy to have our local youth band and marchers.

The only disappointment was not having our local neighbors visit our booth. We met only one neighbor and that was really nice. We had good wishes on FB but it would have been nice to see them. It did make me a bit sad.

Thank you everyone who wished Li’l Sis a great and successful day!

Thank you to all our new friends and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap customers !


Good Morning from Gullringstorp


My boys are so peaceful this morning, standing and sitting together, chewing their breakfast, again .

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Good Evening From Gullringstorp!


Oh dear ! Time to bring the goats in!

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Hönsbytardag i Österbymo

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Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap has participated in another Market for the season. This market was mainly a market for buying and trading hens, roosters and turkeys. There were other  small animals for sale , rabbits, bunnies and ducks. People came with crates and boxes to carry their new animals home. The lines grew longer as the afternoon went on.

There was also a wide assortment of hand crafted items for sale.

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap had a wonderful and successful day. It was really great to be able to introduce my Eco-Friendly all natural goat milk soap to many new people. We were also invited to attend another Market in the same area in July.

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What a fun market! We hope to attend again , next year.


Update From Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap


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        LilSis_logo1_Final_2         We are pleased to announce that Li’l Sis goat Milk soap has just opened a shop on ETSY!

                   https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/LilSisGoatMilkSoap

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Good Morning From Gullringstorp !


It’s a beautiful day and everyone is enjoying it.

I’ve been recovering from a sinusitis attack and have had enough bed rest.
I’m feeling much better so I did the goat boxes this morning. I know, I know! I took my time and now I rest.

It was important to see my goats and chickens. It was really important for me to spend time with my new baby chicks. They are growing so much everyday. Today would be the day I start holding my little ones so they become used to being picked up by the time they are mature.

Oh they have names by the way. One kept coming to me and making the cutest tiny sounds so she became Tweety. Well naturally the second had to be Sylvester even though he’s not a cat.

It was so nice holding her. She felt nice and smelled nice as I snuggled her. She was quite comfortable in my arms. So a couple of times a day and they will be very used to touch and being picked up. That’s my goal.

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An Afternoon with Maria!


Max joined us as we visited the farm of Maria. Maria is a charming young woman that I met at the seasons first craft market. We had so many things in common that we chatted as if we were long lost sisters or friends. This is not something that happens everyday, so when life brings you a special friend like Maria, you recognize it and enjoy the experience.

We had such a joyful  time at her farm viewing and getting to know her many animals. She has beautiful Swedish goats that at this moment have the cutest little curly white babies. She breeds and sells some of Sweden’s endangered species of chickens, ducks and rabbits. She also breeds turkeys and has the most beautiful, colorful and majestic male turkey named King.

We had a lovely time chatting over cup of coffee, tea and a Finnish cake that she baked for our arrival to her farm. It was a delightful visit. We will be back often as we enjoy each other’s company and animals. Maria has seen much of Gullringstorp on my blog and Facebook but has not yet visited us. She will us very visit soon.

Of all her animals, the ones of most interest to me above all the others, were her beautiful rescue greyhounds. We are planning to adopt a rescue greyhound from Ireland and meeting Maria was just such a wonderful ting to have happen. Her dogs have come from a wonderful rescue center in Ireland and I will use the same company when we are ready to adopt.

We spent a splendid day with Maria and her animals. It was a great opportunity for myself to enjoy and  become reacquainted with  greyhounds and for my husband to meet them for the first time and understand the yearning I have had to adopt one. It was very important to see if our little dog Max could be around these large animals. He was just fine! They enjoyed them and he enjoyed them. No we know that ill not be an issue. We must make sure that the one that we adopt  is ok with small dogs and cats. Maria’s dogs love her small Jack Russell terrier and are just fine with her two cats. With our small Brussels Griffon and 4 indoor cats, we will have to wait to find a greyhound that has been seen to be well with both for our home.

We spent such a lovley time at Maria’s farm and are very much looking forward to returning.

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Djurens Dagen at Stallmagasinet 2014 (Animal Day)


Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap was invited to participate in this year’s big day at Stallmagasinets Animal Day!

It’s a day full of fun for local families and visitors from neighboring communities.

There are craft booth and small animal displays, plant and garden displays and the all important horse drawn wagon rides.

We have been experiencing rainy days here in Östergotland and yesterday was no different. There was the fear that visitors would not come, but they came all clad in rain gear, even baby buggies.

There was of course the all important release of the sheep into the pasture. As always it is a lovely sight to witness.

All of us who had craft booths were happy to find spots indoors.

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap was in the stable with a couple other vendors with two beautiful huge Swedish work horses. These horses were once used in the farms but many are now used in our forests to help move timber. These two beauties were used yesterday to pull happy families in a lovely wagon.

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap was so happy to share with existing customers and introduce to new customers, our Eco -Friendly product,

It was a cold and rainy day , but our host and hostess Helena and Gustav prepared a Swedish breakfast for all participants. I tell you that hot tea was so warming. Even standing inside the stable was dry but cold. That didn’t matter because it was a wonderful day.

Li’l Sis acquired new customers, was invited to participate in 3 new markets and we even have a new client, who wants to add our products in her farm shop.

I met a lovely lady who has 3 adopted Greyhounds from Ireland! Wow! I’ve always wanted to adopt one of these beautiful dogs. We are now FaceBook friends!

I met a woman who had spent 3 years in my favorite place Scotland. She invited us to her farm not far away to view her beautiful garden and plant business. She is very interested in owning goats and may purchase goats from us in the near future. We are now FaceBook friends!

Ah Social Media!

I met another woman who makes the most delicious lamb sausage. We have been in touch.

We had a most wonderful day!

Thank you Helena and Gustav for inviting Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap once again this year!

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Life on the Canals in Amsterdam


We arrived in Amsterdam on King’s Day. There were festivities all over the city as well as on the canals. On King’s Day the color orange was worn and seen all over the city.

As our visit continued, we were able to view everyday life on the canals .

The canals are absolutely beautiful and calming as we sat by them as often as we could.

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Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam


On our recent trip to Amsterdam, we enjoyed many museums. On our last day we visited the Museum Van Loon.

The house was built in 1672 and was rented to Ferdinand Bol, Rembrandt’s famous students.

150 portraits tell the story of the Van Loon family. The Van Loon family were co founders of the Dutch East India Company.

The interior of this museum, a former home, was beautiful with quite large rooms. The furnishings and crystals were exquisite.

This museum was once a home so it has a beautiful garden

We spent a very lovely time in the Museum Van Loon

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Oude Kerk ( Old Church) Amsterdam


On our last day in Amsterdam we wanted to visit the oldest church in Amsterdam . It was located in an area that you would not expect to find a church. Well , life just grew up around it and it’s right in the middle of the Red Light District.

This church was established in 1306 in the heart of the medieval center of Amsterdam . It was, at that time a richly decorated Catholic church.

When Amsterdam was at war with Spain, there was a change from Papist to Puritan in 1578.

The Oude Kerk became a Protestant church. With this change, the church became quite austere because all the Catholic artifacts were removed leaving a bare empty looking church.

Just a few facts about this church:

The Old Church has the largest roofscape in all of Europe .

The floor of gravestones, undulates.

Rembrandt’s wife Saskia is buried here.

The church is actually a covered graveyard with 2,500 graves at this time. There have been over 12,000 people buried there, inside the church

It used to smell of dead people inside the church. There was the use of incense to help take away the smell. Eventually, all the graves had to be excavated and filled with white sand.

This church gets around 150,000 visitors a year .

In 1951 the church closed because it was about to collapse. A huge renovation took place.

There were at one time. 39 alters.

This church was built in the an area that was once a swamp. So the church was said to be have a foundation of wooden poles on cowhides. It is said that this church floats like a ship on that peaty soil.

All the wood seen in this church are oak which was thought to come from Germany by ship.

It was a magnificent church indeed. It was lacking in the many Catholic artifacts but there was a beauty in its austerity.

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Pine Trees for our Goats


Good morning from Gullringstorp!

It’s a beautiful sunny breezy day. Not so warm, even in the sun, but still beautiful.

Walking toward the stable this morning, I spotted some recently cut pine trees! Wow!!
We recently found out our goats love them. Some eat the needles but all enjoy the bark.

We went over and discovered a tree trimmer there trimming a row of tall pine trees between our properties. We asked if we could have the cuttings and when we got a yes, we were on a mission.

Our goats are so happy and so am I. We will have a surplus supply that will last some time. The tree tops will go directly to the enclosures and the smaller branches will be an evening treat in their boxes.

Oh the things that makes goat herders so happy!!

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A Day With Alpacas!


We were fortunate enough to recently have an Alpaca Show and Sale Exhibit in our little country town. Of course we jumped at the opportunity to view these lovely creatures up close and learn all about them. Owners came from all over Sweden to show and sell their prized alpacas.

We  met several wonderful people there but one in particular was so very knowledgable and helpful. We met the owners of Royal Alpacas from Falkenberg Sweden. they had beautiful alpacas , several of which won prizes on the day we visited the show.

I have always wanted alpacas, so this was the ideal time and place to get first hand information from actual owners. I learned that like goats, alpacas are herd animals, so when purchasing, always start with 3.  If you get 2 and one becomes sick and dies, it is certain that the second will die of loneliness. All breeders know this so they will not sell unless this minimum amount is met. Just like goats , always buy 2-3 to start and allow your herd to grow from there.

Alpacas are known around the world for their most beautiful light weight and fin fleece. This fleece is far superior to cashmere. They are usually shorn once a year in spring.

They are related to Llamas of which belong to the South American species called Camelids. they are much smaller than llamas and a much kinder gentler animal.

Alpacas make wonderful pets and can be kept with other farm animals and livestock such as goats. Music to my ears! Like any animal, the more you handle from the time they are babies, the better pet you will have. There are special harnesses that fit on the heads so that a lead can be attached and with patience, they are easily lead on a leash.

Llamas and camels are known to spit and often. Alpacas can of course spit, but it’s very rare.

Like goats, alpacas are ruminants and chew their food over again. Their diet consists of good grade hay and grasses. it is also advised to offer a mineral supplement along with fresh clean water.

Baby alpacas are called cria. There are two different types of alpacas, Huacaya those are the fluffy ones and Suri which have a longer coat.

I took photos of everything; alpacas waiting in their pens, alpacas eating, alpacas resting and alpacas being judged.

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Do alpacas make any kind of sound? I should say so and if you are fortunate enough to hear it, they will be in your heart forever:

 

Now to the judging ring:

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Some alpacas are not comfortable in the ring

Some alpacas are not comfortable in the ring

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Products from alpaca fleece:

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It was a wonderful afternoon spent viewing and learning more about these most lovely animals.  When I spoke with the owner of Royal Alpacas, it was his utter delight and love of his alpacas that I wanted and needed to see. His unabashed delight in his babies was just so heart warming. I know the feeling; I have it about my four legged family here at Gullringstorp.

This, of course has solidified my wishes to own and love some lovely alpacas.


Good afternoon from Gullringstorp!


We have a beautiful sunny, blustery day.

Our goats are finding new grasses coming up, finally.

Our rooster Bojangles decides to guard any hen on her nest. We have a rooster for all 3 breeds, but he takes care of all hens.

No tulips yet but some blooms are coming around Gullringstorp.

The sky is a beautiful shade of blue with fluffy white clouds.

A beautiful day at Gullringstorp!

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