Little Lady our lovely iguana loves to have company in her house and to visit friends when she is out and about. She is one happy iguana with all her friends.
All the goats are just fine. Our babies who were born in August are growing like little weeds and our newest babies, Iris, Ivy and Petunia are really happy here at Gullringstorp and are quickly making friends and learning who the bosses are.
We have successfully bred, Keriana, Alika and Nanna. They were all three bred in December, but sometimes, the breeding doesn’t actually take and you will know when your doe comes back into heat. We have held our breath that these young ladies do not come back into heat.
As of this month, February, our young ladies have not come back into heat. With the very cold temperatures and wind, our herd stays in during the winter. Everyone gets time to play and run throughout the stable, every day. Because we feel they have been bred, they are off grain, temporarily, which makes it quite tricky to fill grain bowls at dinner time without these 3 sneaking into a box and gobble up grain. These 3 young ladies will have grain in March. They will get their portion of grain twice a day while standing on the milking stand. See, there is a method to my ways; they will get used to the stand, learn that this is where they will get their grain rations and at the same time become used to being there and having their udder touched. This means that when they deliver, they will hopefully be used to the stand and not be afraid of it. They will , hopefully, be happy to jump up and get breakfast and dinner and allow me to milk them. At least, that’s my plan.
We will start maternity watch next month when they really start to show.
Make sure you check back to see how our young ladies are doing!
Hej!!! Welcome back. Now you have met all my goats, to date. Today I would like to share with you all the other critters that share our home here at Gullringstorp.
When I moved to Sweden, I not only brought most of my household belongings, but a cat and an iguana. My cat has since left us but we still have our iguana.
Introducing Puck ( in memory) and Little Lady:
We have several cats at Gullringstorp. Even though we are a horse/ farm property, all our cats are indoor cats. I would just be way too nervous to have them outside. They have plenty of windows and window ledges on which to sit or lay and watch the wildlife outdoors in our gardens. They are quite happy and so am I.
Introducing the cats of Gullringstorp:
When Puck left us, Tasha cried every night. Such a sorrowful sound could be heard all over the house. I decided she needed company. I knew she still had Little Lady but an iguana couldn’t do cat things with her and I think she was so very lonesome for Puck. So the search for a new cat buddy started. We answered an ad and when I arrived at the house my eye went directly to the tiny black kitten. I guess I hadn’t gotten over the loss of my little friend Puck who was 14 years old and made the move with me to Sweden. Well that cute tiny black kitten had absolutely no interest in neither my husband or I. Someone else was checking us out, without us even realizing it, and he decided, we were going to be his new family. He jumped in our little carry case and that’s where he stayed.
Please meet Pip:
Tasha was nice to Pip this moment in the photo, but she did not like him at all in the beginning! I thought what have I done? It was ok because eventually they became very good friends! Thank goodness.
My daughter moved away from her home to do her post grad studies and so her 2 cats had their vet checks and were packed up and flown back to Sweden with me.
Meet my new lodgers, Juliet and Pumpkin:
Little Pumpkin the gray tabby, actually got a new lease on life when she arrived in Sweden. She is nearly 11 years old and took the flight and the change in temperature and surroundings very well. She even took to our little dog Max as if she had always been around dogs, which she hadn’t. It was like she had always lived at Gullringstorp.
Both Pumpkin and Juliet have integrated themselves well in the household of Gullringstorp critters. And yes, you were seeing correct, we now have 2 black and white cats. They are so much fun to watch.
My daughter is happy that they are here and safe in our care. I am only too glad to help her out. I brought these two cats into our family long before I met my husband. I knew these two little ladies well. It was just a pleasure to welcome them to my home in Sweden.
We have a little fellow named Max. You may have seen him with the goats. This was the very first dog for my husband. He is a Brussels Griffon. He is a very special dog. I can say this after a life time with many different dogs in my household as I grew up. I love this breed and I love our little Max.
Please meet Max:
Well there they are. These are the Gullringstorp Critters. They keep us busy along with our little herd of beautiful goats. there is never a dull moment her at Gullringstorp.
I promise to dedicate a post for each and every Critter at Gullringstorp in the future.
Don’t forget to check back and find out how our 3 pregnant ladies are doing. As of today, Frida, Hilda and Pumpkin are doing very well. When it is not raining and when it has dried up enough for them to go out, they enjoy full days out in the pasture. They have wonderful appetites and get lots of loving from us. All the babies are also doing well. They play in the stable corridor when the weather is too bad for them to go out.
Remember, there is so much more happening at Gullringstorp.