Boris really has his appetite now! Whew am I glad!
He finished his breakfast already.
I wasn’t sure if he was knocking his dry food out with his tail until I discovered the plate empty and no mess on his shelf.
Little Lady loved her dry food also. I had to order some from the UK because we could no longer get it here in Sweden. It’s a lovely Fruit and Flowers blend. It arrived after she had passed so it was just sitting there.
I’m so glad Boris likes it.
It has been nearly 3 weeks since Boris came to live at Gullringstorp. In all this time in spite of all the delicious plates of food offered to him, he has not eaten.
I’ve had several options: a warm bath
or a Calcium injection or Vitamin B injection.
I tried the warm bath with no results other than a lovely bonding experience with my new iguana.
Yesterday we took Boris to the vet. He had a full examination by a very competent herp vet. It’s great to know that our boy is in perfect health and condition. Boris was a great little patient as he was held and weighed and examined. I held him when needed, not thinking that he could bite me. He didn’t. He was great.
The vet decided that Boris was not in any kind of health danger because of his lack of appetite. He is still in the adjustment phase after his move to Gullringstorp. He gave Boris a Calcium injection not only to try and stimulate his appetite but to help him remain healthy while not eating. Calcium is very important in an iguana’s diet.
We were also given an assist feeding formula called Critical Care with all the nutritional needs for him. It will not only provide what he needs but may also assist in stimulating his desire to eat.
I was very pleased with our visit and feel that Boris could not have been in better hands.
He has a nice plate of food. I will wait and give him time to want to eat before giving the Critical Care.
Boris still hasn’t begun to eat properly which is normal when an iguana is relocated. A warm bath for at least half an hour can help stimulate appetite.
I had just returned from the stable and visiting my goats outside. Still in my winter stable gear, I thought this is a fine time to handle my new large make iguana. I figured if he tried to bite or whip his tail I would be safe. I put in leather gloves because have hundreds of sharp teeth and can give a pretty nasty bite. Boris was in the floor of his enclosure which made it easy to pick him up. He did not like the gloves at all so off they went.
I instinctively picked him up while talking to him and pulled him toward me as we walked through two rooms and upstairs to the bathroom.
Not a wiggle or tail whip, just a calm iguana that I slipped gently into a warm bath.
After Boris enjoyed his bath, he was wrapped up in a warm towel and taken for a bit of a stroll around the upstairs. He finally was returned to his nice warm home.
Our newest member of our Gullringstorp family, Boris is doing just fine.
He seems to be enjoying his new home. He watches the cats and our little Max through the plexy glass on his enclosure. He can be found on every shelf and resting area provided him. He has finally found his heated shelf and seems to enjoy it. He hasn’t started to eat yet but I offer him a nice bowl of delicious chopped veggies: kale, carrots, zucchini and apple. If the plate is untouched in the evening, it goes into the chicken’s bowl. He will soon start eating. He’s still adjusting.
I am so glad he is here with us at Gullringstorp!
We have Boris home with us at Gullringstorp !!!!
He has a lot to become adjusted to. Is say it will be sensory overload for a while. New enclosure, new sights and sounds and new family.
We will give Boris all the time he needs to feel at home at Gullringstorp.
Boris came from a very loving home but his owner was unable to spend the time needed with him. He wanted him to be in a home where he could get lots of consistent attention.
As we left, I have Boris’ dad a big hug. Even though he made this very responsible decision, I know it was difficult to say goodbye. I promised to keep him updated and send photos of Boris regularly.
Feels really good to finally have Boris here with us .
This is a first meal at Gullringstorp. Greens, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, chopped apples
These are items that we brought from his prior home: a humidifier, food dish , heating cord and a netting to climb up on and his bath tub to swim in and potty in. I hope his familiar items help Boris have a smooth transition to his new home.
Welcome to Gullringstorp Boris!
I had company as I did my morning chores in the stable.
Max and his rooster, Sylvester.
I’m so excited!
I follow and have for years, a most wonderful Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee USA. They rescue elephants from circuses. After decades of living in abusive situations, these elephants now live a life of peace and freedom and love. Many have been reunited after decades of separation.
Long story short, Max joined me when I went to pick up my book that was pre ordered 2 mos ago. It was written by the Elephant Sanctuary. It’s called “Last Chain on Billie” about one elephant’s life of confinement to freedom.
Max and I drove to the post office in the rain. It’s always fun to have my little buddy with me.
Today is a very hot and humid day. Our goats are doing just what you should on a day like this.
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 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 !
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!
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!
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.
Pip and our iguana Little Lady are best pals!
After a day of rain and snow yesterday, we have a day of winds. Cold winds blow through Gullringstorp.
The snow is melting but unfortunately, not enough for our goats to be out in the enclosures.
The chickens, on the other hand, are enjoying being out.
The big melt continues at Gullringstorp.
We are busy today preparing the enclosure for our goats to go out tomorrow. Weather permitting, of course.
Fingers crossed and Swedish thumbs held.
Last evening we spent a fun time with dear friend Bosse and our neighbors here in the Swedish countryside. We celebrated Bosse’s 60th! What fun we all had. Fun conversation, food, drink , games and music. We had a few neighbors who were unable to attend but sent their wishes and hugs to Bosse through iPhone posts to me. All those who were unable to attend were sorely missed.
We all had a wonderful time. Gifts were not expected because of the request for each of us to send a contribution to the Swedish Children’s Cancer Fund. Many of the guests really couldn’t resist to bring another gift for Bosse. I was one. We brought a lovely Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap and a pack of Marilyn Monroe napkins for the pub.
Wishing you a wonderful Happy Birthday and a fantastic year Bosse!!!
We have two does in heat tonight. We let the ladies out of their boxes to try and relieve some of the pressure. They meet each other, eat hay from the big bale and get their mind off their condition. Our bucks get quite upset with all those hormones wafting through the stable.
Our poor Balder was the most upset. He just wanted to get out to meet the ladies.
Just as our ladies have quite individual voiced when in heat, so do our bucks when they are “bucky “.
The banging you hear is Nanna in the next box wanting to come out to play. And play she did, hop scotching the full length of the stable. You didn’t even need to watch her to know she was having so much fun.
Balder, on the other hand, was not.
Today we have sunshine, wind, snow drifts and hare tracks all over Gullringstorp. 9
Colorful blooms in the middle of winter:
Snow in all its beauty and silence: