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February 1st and -4 C at Gullringstorp


A morning with sunshine and frost, rock hard ground and -4 c. It was a beautiful morning, crisp and clear. A perfect day for all our goats to go out:

My boys were so happy to be out

My boys were the first to come out and were so happy

Balder is very happy to be out

This is our alpha buck Balder

The boys know there is a doe in heat so they are at each other

The boys know there is a doe in heat so they are at each other

my boys

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Little Man, Winston and Baby Boy

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This is the first time in the boy’s enclosure for Pip, no so for Toby

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Once the boys have settled in , we brought out the girls:

Petunia and Alika

Petunia and Alika

Time for fun

Time for fun

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Iris having fun with Rose

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Nanna, Pumpkin, her daughter Rose and Iris

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Pumpkin, our lead doe

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Time to run…

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Peanut, hilda’s daughter with Keriana and her daughter Fiona enjoy the rocks and snow

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Pumpkin will be in my Maternity watch reports soon

Pumpkin will be in my Maternity watch reports soon

Fiona

Fiona

Pansy

Pansy and her sister Poppy will be on maternity watch soon also

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Poppy, Petunia and Ivy

Nanna is by herself because she is in heat today

Nanna tries to stay near the bucks because she is in heat today

Iris will be on Maternity watch also

Iris will be on Maternity watch also

Petunia

Petunia

It was the first time in the boy’s enclosure for 3 of our little bucklings, Phillip, Winston and Pip. Leif always puts the tiny noses to the electric fence. I just can’t do it although I know it’s a real necessity. Every new buckling or doeling must go through this in order to stay safe inside the fenced enclosure. This way we can leave and be assured that no one will be wandering around one of the adjacent fields. They stay put because they have experienced an unpleasant shock, at least once.

Here Leif makes sure that Phillip, Winston and Pip learn as all the others have before them:

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Little Pip

Little Pip

My little boys are getting bucky!

My little boys are getting bucky!

My babies Winston and Phillip are no longer babies

My babies Winston and Phillip are no longer babies

Little bucks challenge each other

Little bucks always challenge each other

Winston and Phillip challenge each other

Winston and Phillip

Little man's beautiul horns at 1 1/2 yrs old

Look at Little Man’s horns, beautiful. Little Man is Phillip’s brother.

It was a great day for the hens and roosters come out and play. They were so happy :

The hens and roosters were happy to come out

The hens and roosters were happy to come out

Happy Henny Penny

Happy fluffy Henny Penny

Mr. Bojangels was happy to be out of the hen house

Mr. Bojangels was happy to be out of the hen house

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Eugene was happy with his ladies around him

Eugene was happy with his ladies around him

It was a great day for all the animals here at Gullringstorp. Our goats were able to be out till 4 pm when it started to get dark. Some goat owners leave their goats out overnight , even during the winter months. It is supposed to be healthy for them. I have West African goats and the cold is not so fun for them, even with their thick winter coats. Maybe I am a bit protective also; I worry about animals getting to them in the enclosure  or in their outdoor shelter. As the sun goes down, they are all ready to come in to their warm (relatively warm) stable and their cozy beds of straw. I can make my walk back to the house knowing all my goats and hens and roosters are safe inside their homes. I could have it no other way.


What Happens When the Temperature Drops After A Beyond Chilly Day


We had a beyond chilly day yesterday at Gullringstorp. We all kept warm and cozy, including the goats. My pasta sauce was wonderful and I just love my new crock pot.

During the night our temperature dropped even more to a crispy -19 c. The morning view from every angle here at Gullringstorp was just spectacular.

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Crunchy trees and a crunch under our feet as we walk in the snow

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A crispy apple tree

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Looks like a lace covered tree

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Snow, frost and ice crystals

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Really pretty

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Ice covered bush

A crispy pear tree

A crispy pear tree

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Beautiful

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Sorry about the wire in the photo

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The frozen forest across the street

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Lovely

Fence around the front play yard

Fence around the front play yard

Baby goat play yard fence

Baby goat play yard fence

After the goats were milked when we left the stable a cold fog had rolled in

After the goats were milked when we left the stable a cold fog had rolled in giving an eerie look

Cold fog

Cold fog

Ice crystal trees in the cold fog

Ice crystal trees in the cold fog

Max in his warm winter suit and winter boots in the cold snow

Max in his warm winter suit and winter boots in the cold snow

I just love looking at all the ice crystals on the trees and bushes and hedges.

How is winter looking in your neck of the woods?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Global Warming at Gullringstorp


Remember just a few weeks ago, I posted photos of SNOW? I mean tons of snow.. Well we had a beautiful White Christmas. There was so much snow that my husband had to use the tractor to move it off our 2 roads and move it into the goat’s enclosure.  Needless to say, with all the wide gates open and all those snow mountains, the goats were unable to enjoy the enclosure.

New Year’s Eve we celebrated without snow! After dropping to minus temperatures,  we shot up to plus temperatures. In one day, we lost ALL our snow! It looked like a waste land with little sad piles of snow scattered around Gullringstorp.

After sadly looking at our land and seeing the grass and gravel, we woke up to this today after a night with minus temperatures. While walking back from the stable last evening, I really enjoyed the crystal clear sky with all its bright stars. I am never unthankful for the beautiful nature I live within. I knew by the clarity of the night that it would be a real COLD night and it was.

This is what we woke up to this morning:

Our green lawn in the fron went from snow packed to green again to frost

Our green lawn in the front went from snow packed to green again to frost

Beautiful Evergreens all frosty

Beautiful Evergreens all frosty

Now we can see some of the damage the tractor did to our lawns. So strange to see our neighbor's fields brown with no snow.

Now we can see some of the damage the tractor did to our lawns. So strange to see our neighbor’s fields brown with no snow.

The grass all over was crunchy with frost

The grass all over was crunchy with frost

The mounds of tractor  moved snow have melted butt just look at that frost. Too bad the goats couldn't go out yet again today.

All the mounds of tractor moved snow mounds have melted away;  but just look at that frost. Too bad the goats couldn’t go out yet again today.

Frost on my little nome trees and hedges

Frost on my little nome trees and hedges

Just one of our crunchy, frost trees here at Gullringstorp

Just one of our crunchy, frost trees here at Gullringstorp

Frosty evergreen bush

Frosty evergreen bush

Not so sure we should be having temperatures that yo-yo up and down within a day or a couple of hours. Just doesn’t seem right.

Feels like Global Warming to me…

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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