As cold as it was last night, the sun was even warmer in the early morning hours. The sun melted enough of the snow in the goat’s enclosure that they were able to go out!
Oh happy day!!!!
My husband took the lead with Pumpkin so I could take up the rear and collect any curious goats wandering the wrong direction
Look at the driveway, no snow! Oh dear two playful little girls on the right.
They were more orderly than I had expected
A quick count and they are all in!
Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become
Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun
Poppy and Iris in the rear
Rose, Pumpkin and Poppy my beautiful Black and White goats
Iris, Pansy, Poppy, Hilda and Peanut in the back
Petunia, Rose and Pumpkin
After the initial excitement of being out calms down, the goats will break up into little groups. They will be paired off mother and daughter or box partners. Here we have Pumpkin with her daughter Rose right behind her and Hilda with her daughter Peanut
Peanut and Hilda
Ivy and her daughter Surprise
Ivy, Nanna and baby Surprise
Poppy, Pansy with Hilda and Peanut
Pumpkin and Petunia
Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle
The all important stare down
Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two
Pansy and Poppy
Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump and cute little teats showing
Peanut showing some baby bump
Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose
Pansy calling for her sister Poppy
My little goat clump
Pumpkin just enjoying the day
My little goat clump
As the goats enjoyed their day out after so long in the stables, we released the chickens :
Eugene is happy and did a lot of crowing to let everyone know it!
All our hens came out to explore
It was a lovely day for everyone, goats, hens and us! Spring is trying so very hard to make an appearance here at Gullringstorp.
Our goats were left to themselves yesterday as I could see all was well. There were no fights, no old grudges to be settled, no territorial issues, just fun and relaxation. I left them knowing they would all just enjoy being outdoors. It was a day that was not exactly a clear warm Spring day. It was a threatening day with dark clouds that covered the sun and the wind kicked up a bit. We were unsure about just how long the goats could remain out.
I went out to check anthem and found it to be a lovely day in the enclosure. Luckily, I had my camera. The goats were broken up now, into their family groups, and box mate groups. I began shooting…
Frida with her daughters:
Frida with Poppy and Pansy who were born this past August here at Gullringstorp
Frida with Pansy
Frida with Pansy and Poppy
Pansy with her sister Poppy
Little Poppy rubs her side on the big rock
Poppy and Pansy enjoy the big rock with mother Frida not too far away!
I know this may look like an embarrassing photo, but little Pansy who is 8 mos old has beautiful little teats. She is after all a dairy goat. I must look at them.
Poppy enjoys this warm rock in the sun
Pansy and Poppy relax together with mamma Frida just on the other side of the rock
As the girls grow up, Pansy and Poppy want a bit more independence from Mommy. But as you can see Frida is never very far away, she is just on the other side of the rock.
Frida checks on her daughters ! What a good mother !
Hilda and her daughter Peanut :
Hilda and Peanut
Peanut playing with her mommy
Hilda relaxes with her daughter
Look at that silly Peanut
I just love to watch the intimate connections between mother and baby
A tender moment shared by mother and daughter...
Nanna relaxing in the sun
Nanna going down. A bit difficult with her baby bump and all, but once down it's time to relax !
Nanna didn't fall over, she is just about to stretch out on the warm ground
And she's down ! That must feel really nice !
Someone looks sleepy
Little sleepy Nanna
And she's out for the count !
Looks like Nanna is asleep
Nanna is definitely , asleep
Our three Musketeers; Iris Ivy and Petunia (our three little Pygmy does who share a box) :
Here they are, Iris, Petunia and Ivy
This is Petunia. She was so tiny when she first came to Gullringstorp
Here's Iris, the leader of this little band of imps !
Hej Petunia !
This Ivy, she was our shy baby who is now finally eating from our hand. We like physical contact with all of our goats
Iris enjoying some fresh hay
Hej Ivy !
Petunia one of our Pygmy does
Ivy on one side and Petunia on the other
Alika and Keriana, both of whom are pregnant:
Alika lives with Keriana . They are both pregnant
Alika takes a rest against a warm rock
Here are all three of our pregnant ladies, two of which are box mates, Alika, Keriana and little Nanna
Alika and Keriana who are both expecting, are good friends outside their box but have some differences inside. They have a strange dependency on each other
Two room mates who can't live with each other yet can't live apart from each other
Pumpkin and her daughter Rose:
Pumpkin and Rose
Our little Rose
Two comfy goats
I wonder what they are saying?
Our beautiful Rose with her beautiful tall legs
And Rose is on her way somewhere...
Rose is almost an exact image of her mother Pumpkin
It was a lovely day for the goats to be out and enjoy themselves.
Today, it rained….