Today is a very hot and humid day. Our goats are doing just what you should on a day like this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 !
My boys are so peaceful this morning, standing and sitting together, chewing their breakfast, again .
Oh dear ! Time to bring the goats in!
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.
What a fun market! We hope to attend again , next year.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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:
Products from alpaca fleece:
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.
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!
Good afternoon from Gullringstorp !
It was a cold night here at Gullringstorp, -3 !
It’s a cold day but the goats are out and happy.
One little girl has a nice warm fluffy coat with winter wool coming to the surface. I think she needs to hang on to it a but longer, with these cold temperatures and wind. All the white tips you see is her winter wool on her black fur.
Surprise is as sweet as she looks.
It was a beautiful, cool but sunny day at Gullringstorp.
Our goats were very happy. Great day for getting a bit of warmth. Our goats, and us are waiting for the grasses to grow in both enclosures.
It was even a day to open stable does and windows.
During the holidays, I had the good fortune to meet a lovely lady Kristina, who also had goats. We shared a room at the Löfstad Slott Christmas Market. Kristina, from Hejtorp dairy farm was selling her goat cheese and I my goat milk soap.
We had a lovely time together and quickly became friends and business associates. We decided that we must each make a trip to the others goat farm in the spring. I was the one to make the first visit for a couple of reasons. Kristina was and still is much to busy with her new baby goats being born and I just had to see them. We both have our goats for our businesses and milk is very important. There is a slight difference; Kristina uses her milk immediately to make her cheese and I freeze mine to make my soap. There needs to be a constant flow of milk at a cheese maker’s dairy but not so at a soap making farm. With two freezers filled with goat milk, I and my does are taking a break from breeding, giving birth and being milked.
We spent a wonderful afternoon amid many new mothers and more baby goats than I have ever seen. With 70 does giving birth to 1, 2 or maybe 3 babies, the count was up to 86 babies! There were many does who had not given birth yet, so that number will rise shortly. I understand that last year the count was up to 123 new baby goats born.
As a goat owner and breeder, it’s always a joy to visit other goat owners. You see how they house their goats, what they feed them, and how they have outdoor time.
There are several differences between our goat farms:
At Hejtorp the does all live communally in an open barn.
At Gullringstorp all our goats live in boxes in our stable.
At Hejtorp, the does can go out and come in as they wish. they can walk right out of their barn home into their pastures.
At Gullringstorp, our goats are led out to their enclosures because of proximity of our stable to the enclosures.
At Hejtorp, there are 4 boys or bucks who live outdoors all year long with an outdoor shelter.
At Gullringstorp, there are 6 boys or bucks who come inside every evening.
At Hejtorp. the goats are an indigenous breed, Swedish Lantras.
At Gullringstorp, our goats are West African miniature dairy goats, Nigerian Dwarf and Pygmy.
I have learned so much from watching how Kristina manages her goats and its always good to find out new ways to do things.
After enjoying the beautiful goats, I visited the farm boutique.
It was great to see between 20-30 varieties of goat cheese available .
Looking around I spotted Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap on display!
Thank you Kristina from Hejtorp Dairy Farm in Doverstorp, Östergotland for a lovely afternoon.
For all my followers who know me and those who have just found me, I am a city girl turned country gal, living in the Swedish countryside. It has been some time since I have had an opera evening to share with you. My business Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is keeping me quite busy. As much as I love my farm and life in the countryside, I still miss and enjoy when I can, city delights. One such delight is being able to watch live HD transmissions of opera direct from The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Yes, I can attend and enjoy world class opera just 20 minutes from Gullringstorp! Yesterday I had the pleasure of viewing an opera that sat unfinished for many years. Prince Igor, by composer Alexander Borodin. In true Metropolitan Opera fashion, this Russian epic required and received a stage that was filled with the most wonderful chorus and the costumes and sets that transported you to the towns in Russia that were depicted in the opera. It was a story of power, protest, loss and recovery. Sound familiar? I could not help but think of the present day struggles that are now going on around the globe , most especially the struggle in Kiev, Ukraine. It was very beautiful and moving with a musical score with vocals sung by some of the finest opera voices from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. The orchestration and vocals along with the world class Metropolitan opera chorus, were magnificent and really touched my heart. Here are reviews from The Metropolitan Opera site:
Approximate running time 4 hrs. 15 min. Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop.
Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s “wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical. The impressive cast, with many Russian singers, is headed by the compelling bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role… His Igor has moments of Italianate lyrical refinement. He brings passion, even a touch of neediness, to his exchanges with his devoted wife, Yaroslavna, the Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her Met debut. She is a classic Russian soprano with a cool, penetrating intensity, fearless high notes, and a glint of steel in her sound.” (New York Times)
“The charismatic Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili brings her plush, big voice and a sultry physicality to the role of Konchakovna.” (New York Times) Gianandrea Noseda “led a vibrant and textured performance… [conveying] the Russian character of the music, while conducting it with clarity and precision. The Met chorus is at its glorious best.” (New York Times)
“Prince Igor’s triumphant return: the Met makes a masterpiece of an unlikely opera. [A performance that] would be the jewel of any opera company in any golden age.” (New York Observer)
“The Met has returned a long-absent marvel to its rightful place in the repertoire.” (New York Magazine)
“The hugely talented Tcherniakov [is] a director who also designs his own sets. These were terrific: neither abstract nor period medieval, they took us into more universal realms of fear, longing and despair.” (Bloomberg) “Ildar Abdrazakov masterfully probed Igor’s guilt and regret.” (Wall Street Journal)
There was much to understand and comprehend in this opera. As with any war or civil unrest, like a chess game, there are many moving pieces. to understand exactly what the opera was about, I have included, from the Metropolitan Opera website,the SYNOPSIS
Prologue The city-state of Putivl. Together with his son, Vladimir, Prince Igor gathers his army for a military campaign against the Polovtsians. A sudden solar eclipse frightens everybody. The people and Igor’s inner circle of boyars (nobles) take this as a bad omen and plead with Igor to postpone the campaign. Unnoticed by the army, two soldiers—Skula and Yeroshka—decide to desert: they do not want to risk their lives and are determined to stay behind in Putivl. Igor’s wife, Yaroslavna, pleads with Igor to remain at home, but he cannot be persuaded. The Prince bids farewell to her and leaves her in the care of her brother, Prince Vladimir Galitsky. The army of Igor and Vladimir sets out on their campaign.
Act I The Polovtsian steppes. The battle is lost. Igor’s army is destroyed, and he is taken prisoner by Khan Konchak, the chief of the Polovtsians. In his mind, the tormented Igor replays over and over everything that has happened. The beautiful Konchakovna, who is in love with Vladimir, appears to him. Then Yaroslavna appears. Then Ovlur appears, urging him to flee his captivity. Then Khan Konchak appears and offers his friendship as his guest of honor. Igor has a vision of the overwhelming joy of living life to its fullest.
Act II In Yaroslavna’s palace. Terrible nightmares and dark premonitions haunt Yaroslavna. There has not been any news from Igor for a long time. Young maidens come to Yaroslavna accusing Galitsky of going on a wild rampage in Putivl. They complain that Galitsky has abducted one of their friends and ask Yaroslavna to step in and demand that the girl be returned to them. Yaroslavna doesn’t have the power to deal with her brother. Galitsky behaves impertinently with his sister and threatens both her and Igor. In the court of Prince Galitsky, the men are having a drunken feast. Seeking still more power, Galitsky would like to exile Yaroslavna to a nunnery as part of his plan to replace Igor as the new Prince of Putivl. Skula and Yeroshka now support Galitsky’s claims. The young maidens come directly to Galitsky in a desperate attempt to save their friend, but the mob laughs at them, chasing them away. The drunken brawl reaches its climax; everyone prepares for revolt. Yaroslavna’s palace. The boyars bring Yaroslavna the tragic news of the army’s destruction and of Igor’s captivity, sending her into turmoil. In the meantime, Galitsky and his followers take advantage of the moment and revolt. Alarm bells announce imminent danger: the enemy advances on Putivl and in the ensuing panic Galitsky is killed.
Act III Putivl is destroyed and left in ruins. Yaroslavna has lost all hope for Igor’s return and weeps over her husband’s loss. Igor, who has in fact escaped from captivity, suddenly returns to destroyed Putivl. Torturous visions continue to haunt him. The tipsy Skula and Yeroshka discover Igor. In order to escape deserved punishment for treason, the cunning Skula suggests to Yeroshka that they be the first to summon the people to share the joyous news with them. Igor interrupts the crowd’s jubilation and addresses the people with words of repentance. He blames himself for all that has happened and calls upon everybody to unite and rebuild their destroyed lives.
Here is a video:
I may be a little goat herder in the Swedish countryside, but I step out of my world to enjoy wonderful culture whenever I can. As soon as I can get the score on my iPhone, my goats will have a real treat in the stable.
Thank you for a wonderful and moving experience spent with the Metropolitan Opera of New York.
Good evening from Gullringstorp!
As the sun set, our gang were so ready to come inside. They ran like the wind to the stable. Even my ladies in heat who normally try to stay by the boy’s fence.
Once inside, everyone quickly ran home to their boxes. In addition to the regular dinner of fresh water, hay and grain, each box received a fresh layer of straw! Yummy!!