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What is Happening at Gullringstorp ?


Everyone here is still adjusting to the absence of our beloved Frida. Poppy and Pansy, her  yearling daughters are becoming used to the fact that mommy is nowhere to found. They join the others in the enclosure and seem to enjoy the days outside, as a distraction to their loss. Once back in the stable at night , however, it’s a different story. Their faces actually tell the entire story. There is a sadness that I never want to see in my goats eyes. I spend special time with them in their box with hugs and kisses. They stand and place their heads in my lap or against my breasts. They need and appreciate the special times even more now that Frida is not there to give it to them.

Pumpkin is a bit confused. She has been pushing for the “head of herd” position, but seems reluctant to take over the roll now that it’s open. She spends her evenings looking over the boards into Frida’s box. I am sure she misses her as we all do.

In the meanwhile while the healing throughout the stable continues, there are some who are blissfully unaware of the prevailing sadness.

While the mothers find their way to the milk stand, so do the new babies:

mother and baby

Alika and her son Pip

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Alika tends to her baby  even when there is grain in the little bucket in front of her

Toby always accompanies his mother Nanna on the milk stand to enjoy some grain

Toby always accompanies his mother Nanna on the milk stand to enjoy some grain

Yummy

Yummy

Hilda is back on the milk stand fro  refresher course, with her yearling Peanut

Hilda is back on the milk stand for refresher course, with her yearling Peanut

Hilda is due to deliver for the second time here at Gullringstorp in August

Hilda’s baby bump is showing. She is due to deliver for the second time here at Gullringstorp in August

We are trying to enjoy a warm summer here at Gullringstorp, but with temperatures dropping to 12c during the days and 7-8c during the nights, it’s not so easy. We all really take advantage of the pretty warm days , especially when there is no wind or rain. Goats traditionally don’t like rain and act like they are little sugar cubes that could melt in the rain!  They all cry to come back inside even though they have all have a great outdoor shelter in the enclosure to protect from the elements

Although summer is here, we have to always look to the future. Our winter is just a few months away and we need to be prepared. Our home is heated by burning wood in our furnace in the basement. We get wood deliveries in the spring and sometimes my husband  gets other wood to prepare for the winter.

Getting ready for the winter:

My husband cleaving some big wood chunks

My husband cleaving some big wood chunks

My husband hard at work

My husband hard at work

These were once logs that my husband chopped into these huge chunks

These were once logs that my husband chopped into these huge chunks

Yeah ! We have wood for the coming winter!

Yeah ! We have wood for the coming winter!

That’s a lot  wood isn’t it?  We have about the same amount in the basement  in the wood room.

Thanks to my husband, we will have hot water and heat in our home throughout the coming winter.

When my husband isn’t busy around the property making fences and repairing things or chopping wood, he enjoys one of his passions, race cars. These are the cars he has driven; Ferrari 430 Scuderia and Lamborghini Gallardo on a tour. He really had a wonderful time.

Supercar Experience

Leif’s Supercar Experience

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