My life in the country with my goats.com site

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Hej !! I am a city girl turned country gal! I live on a horse property with  no horses! Instead we have GOATS!! I will be writing about my life in  the country with ,my GOATS and many other critters here at Gullringstorp!

Welcome and I hope you enjoy reading about country life with GOATS!

GullringstorpGoatGal

28 responses

  1. nina

    Hi,
    I hope you arrived home safely. I read your blog this morning, friedas baby’s are sooo cute in there jumpers aawwhhh
    I really enjoyed the course, I can’t wait to get started , well I just wanted to say hi before I head off to the hospital I have two babys to bring to the world today!
    Keep in touch x

    June 5, 2011 at 11:09

    • Hej,
      Wow thanks for logging on , reading and enjoying ! I enjoyed meeting you and the course was fantastic! I did get back but with delays. Now go bring in those beautiful babies! Please check back for updates. There is much more to come. Remember log on, read and enjoy!
      Gullringstorpgoatgal

      June 5, 2011 at 12:32

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Going from a city girl to a country girl is a lovely thing to do and I hope you will be very happy.

    August 15, 2011 at 15:20

    • Hej from Sweden,
      Thanks for dropping by Karen! You are right , it is lovely and yes I am very happy. I am fortunate enough to be able to have the best of both worlds, i can get to the city in 2 -3 hours, be it Stockholm or London. My goats help to make my life here in the Swedish countryside so blissful. We have also met some really lovely people here in our little corner of Sweden. Welcome back Karen!
      Gullringstorpgoatgal

      August 16, 2011 at 17:57

  3. echwaluphotography

    You left such a stunning message on my blog and i couldn’t help but visit your blog…To tell you something, i think you blog about something unique too. The images may not be of the highest resolution but the subject matter is unique. I loved looking around the goats..there are lots of them here..lots of them. I will need one of them…

    September 14, 2011 at 18:59

    • Hej from Sweden,

      I am truly honored that you took the time to view my little blog. Yes I know my photos are not of the highest resolution nor are they professional in any way, I am very much an amateur who just happens to love to photograph nature and animals. Please, if you look around some more, there are posts about Sweden’s culture and other animals in my life here at Gullringstorp. My blog tells a story of my goats from my first ones up to my new babies born this last month. Please, you are most welcome back to see what new things happen at Gullringstorp!
      I will make it my business to return to your blog and pass it on to people I care about! Be assured of that.
      Thank you for your comment.
      gullringstorpgoatgal

      September 14, 2011 at 20:13

  4. Hi Gullringstorp, I nominated you for a 7 x 7 Link Award. http://abahamianinaustria.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/they-like-me-they-really-like-me/
    Good luck, hope you win!

    January 28, 2012 at 14:35

  5. Hej from Sweden!

    Wow how cool is this ?!?!?! So wonderful that you were nominated and I really a pleased that you thought of me , Another Wow!!!!!! Thanks for thinking that my little blog is worthy of such a nomination!!!!

    Good Luck to you !! I bet you win !!

    January 28, 2012 at 16:06

  6. neda

    HI KAryn
    I love your blog…….I wish you success..miss u

    February 16, 2012 at 20:57

    • Hej from Sweden!

      Oh my goodness, you were able to get on! I am so happy!! Thank you for trying again and again my dear friend Neda!
      Please come back as often as you can while you can! Miss you all way too much !!!

      February 16, 2012 at 21:39

  7. orchid

    it takes guts to transform from being a “city” girl to a “country” girl and you are making the most of it, which is truly remarkable!

    March 8, 2012 at 02:49

    • Hej from Sweden!
      What a really cool thing to say! Thank you!I have always had an adventurous spirit and a dream to live on a farm. It took 50 years to realize my dream but here I am. I am also able to enjoy city pursuits, along side my country life.
      Welcome back to my blog and I hope you enjoy your reading!

      March 8, 2012 at 09:31

  8. When my wife and I were young we had a half acre of land and just got the goats because they were beautiful and we wanted to have them around us. We then moved somewhere else and could not take the goats with us. That was many years ago but we still adore goats who are always silly and beautiful.

    March 16, 2012 at 22:17

    • Hej Mike !
      It sounds like you had a lovely experience with your goats. I’m glad. I understand life changes, sometimes you have to make compromises and let some things go. Sorry it was your goats , but guess what, you never know they may come back into your lives once again. In the meanwhile I hope you continue to enjoy my goat tales and adventures! They are beautiful and silly and at times frustrating stubborn creatures that I love very much.

      March 17, 2012 at 09:28

  9. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You can check it out at my blog http://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/sunshine-award/ on how to follow though with the award 🙂

    June 16, 2012 at 17:05

  10. I also nominated you for the inspiring blog award- check it out at http://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/inspiring-awards/. Congrats and Enjoy!

    June 28, 2012 at 03:31

  11. London Street Photography

    Thank you for the kind comment. Have changed my blog title to a more specific one. Have been enjoying yours, too 🙂

    October 8, 2012 at 18:55

  12. It is always fun to see and read about parts of the world I may never visit. I lived for many years in a cold climate, for some of that time I heated the house with wood, it is a lot of work. I think I will enjoy following your blog.

    October 13, 2012 at 17:33

    • GullringstorpGoatGal

      Hej from Sweden!
      I am secretly looking out my windows hoping to see the first snow flakes. My husband would think I had lost my mind. I think he has had enough of Swedish winters. Just way too much snow to plow. I try to lend a hand but he refuses my help, so I say don’t shovel, we can just make our paths. Oh well, the first snow flakes will fall soon enough. It’s beautiful here at Gullringstorp.

      October 13, 2012 at 17:53

  13. I raise goats in Florida, USA and I noticed all the fresh veggies you are feeding. Would you mind sharing your feeding regimen? Your goats are beautiful and I would love to know what their diet consist of. Thank you!

    February 16, 2013 at 04:59

    • Hej Allison!

      Oh my, your goats are living in the sunshine state. I wonder if they know just how lucky they are. They must have loads of outdoor time where my goats are in most of our winter.

      My goats get as much hay as they want and a nice pile of straw twice a day. We don’t have any goat formulated grain available here in Sweden. I did my research and made both my husband and I aware of all the minerals and vitamins that a goat requires for good health. Sheep grain was lacking in many of the important minerals. After careful investigation I decided that certain brands of horse muesli worked just fine. I have never had to give any extra vitamins, minerals or boluses. We mix the grains with oats supplied by a local farmer.

      All my adults get a scoop of this mixture twice a day. they also get treats maybe twice a week of a mixture of mixed chopped greens and fruits.

      During spring and summer and autumn months, our goats are out in the enclosure. Spring and summer sun allows our goats to be out till near 10 pm. Those are great days for us and them. They graze, but are always given hay and straw and often big branches to forage on.

      Winter months here in Sweden are a real challenge. Since our gang can’t get into the enclosure due to the amount of snow, they have all their meals indoors. I increase the grain, just a bit more in each container, branches brought in to each box and a lot more of the greens and fruit bowl. They also get real treats of my homemade goat treats.

      There is also a mineral block kin each box.

      When we have babies, they are not allowed to have the grains for some time. They can eat and handle a small amount of crushed oats. Our babies also get their own tiny chopped veggie/fruit bowls. I make sure they have their tiny pieces because mommy’s are just too large.

      Please share your feeding regimen.

      Thank you for the compliment. Our goats are happy and healthy. They get lots of hands on and love.

      February 16, 2013 at 12:48

  14. ummm….what an unbelievable page and encounter….wow. haha. i had typed in diana damrau to do more research, as she was on npr wnyc radio today, and i too had attended the rigoletto in a cinema. spectacular, right? but anyway, when it landed me on your page, i was shocked….and enchanted, as i adore seeing baby goats…….actually, ANY animals!
    then, after scrolling thru your photos here—- i see—what to my wondering eyes should appear, but….a “long beach island, new jersey” tshirt!!! are you kidding?! where are you from? are you a jersey girl, gone swedish? pleeeeeeeeeez write me back! thanks! sharon

    March 19, 2013 at 20:56

    • Hej from Sweden!
      Oh I am so happy that you have enjoyed my blog. It is a pleasure for me to write and share stories about my goats and my life in Sweden. I am not a New Jersey girl,y husband got the tee shirt while on a trip to the US.
      You are most welcome back anytime!

      March 19, 2013 at 22:06

  15. melanietoulouse

    Hi from Toulouse, France! Awesome blog! I’m a “cappy”(January capriconr!) and I love goats, too! I’m serious. Last year in Key West, Florida I met a Dutch couple who lived on their boat with their petgoat, called Jacky! So sweet & cute! 🙂 Goat cheese is very popular here and we have it every day on our cheese plateau among other kinds and with red Bordeaux wine, of course! Bon appétit & cheers! 🙂
    Have a great good Friday and my very best… vivent les chèvres! 🙂

    March 29, 2013 at 17:17

    • Hej from Sweden!
      So nice to hear from France and from a fellow goat lover. Have you or do you have goats? If so which breed. So glad you like my blog. That sounds so charming to have a goat as a pet on a boat. I do have an issue with this however. Anyone who knows goats knows that they are social animals and need other goats to be happy. No doubt this couple love their pet goat but this goat would be much happier with another goat for a friend and the couple to love. If you have contact with this couple, could you please let them know that this is important for a goat. I don’t know about having a single sheep, pig, chicken or any other barn animal, but I do know about goats.
      Goat cheese is wonderful , I agree and can picture you enjoying it with a fine Bordeaux. Here at Gullringstorp, we have not tried to make cheese, I hope to later. I have recently launched an Eco-Friendly business selling 100% Natural handmade goat milk soap. Welcome to take a peak at my website: http://www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com We are committed to environmental issues and make a product that is not only safe and good for your skin but safe for the environment as well.

      I am so pleased that you like my blog and hope that you return often and continue to enjoy!

      March 30, 2013 at 11:34

  16. Hi..thanks for visit my site and comment over that post. Yeah its too horrible…beyond horrible.

    May 2, 2013 at 21:39

  17. Kaileigh

    Hello

    I was hoping to receive some advice on Pygmy goat enclosures, if possible

    I am currently studying zoological conservation. I am designing a Pygmy goat enclosure for an assignment (which is due in on Wednesday 22nd).

    I was hoping to plant some trees for shade etc and was wandering which type of trees would be O.K to use? Also whether it is a good idea to have weeds and bushes growing on the outside? or whether they would over indulge on this?

    I have also heard that they like swimming. Although I wouldn’t be able to provide a big pool, I was wandering whether a shallow pool of water would be beneficial? This would be changed daily if necessary.

    I would be very grateful for any advice or guidance

    Thank you very much for your time

    Kaileigh

    January 18, 2014 at 13:42

    • Hej Kaileigh!

      How interesting. Where are you writing from?
      I can not speak on the water component of your intended enclosure, but I can add some info from my own experience.
      1. At least 7 electrical cords for fencing at least 5 feet high. They can and do leap.
      2. All my goats need to climb on stones and boulders to keep their hoofs in shape.
      3. Pygmy goats especially love to climb so some kind of structure is good.
      4. Hay racks and removable water buckets
      5. Always important for all goats, and outdoor enclosure to be able to get out of bad weather
      6. good pasture is very important for natural grazing.
      I hope this helps.

      January 18, 2014 at 18:03

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