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Global Warming at Gullringstorp :

We have been experiencing Global Warming effects right here at Gullringstorp. After our period of melted snow and then no snow at all, we got a light dusting of snow that reminded me of powdered sugar. It was really pretty for one day and then it all melted. Our temperatures have been so unstable. With the warmer temperatures, not only did all the dusting melt, but flies woke up and dizzily flew into walls.

We had rivers of water all over Gullringstorp

We had puddles and  rivers of water all over Gullringstorp

Obe day later we have been having snow all day

One day later we have been having snow all day

These photos were taken this morning on the way to the stabel. We have had snow and much more, all day long

These photos were taken this morning on the way to the stabel. We have had snow and much more, all day long

 

 

 

How are Phillip and Winston doing in the boys’ box?

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Winston has found a way to enjoy hay also

Winston has found a way to enjoy hay also

Winston thinks the hay is yummy !

Winston thinks the hay is yummy !

Åhillip likes to keep an eye out on the activities in the corridore

Phillip likes to keep an eye out on the activities in the corridor

Phillip and Winston are doing really well in their new home. No more crying for mommy and they have learned which bucks to avoid and where to be able to enjoy the hay in peace. Even though they are doing so well, I do let them out twice a day while I tend to all the boxes. They get a chance to have their tiny bit of grain until they are weaned of it and a chance to play and wrestle with each other.

 

 

 

The first stable repairs and improvements in 2013:

My tiniest goats, our Pygmies, live in the front box. As we have learned, Pygmy goats love to be up high. Leif put a lid on the hay rack and the girls can climb on top. No problem there, but someone decided to eat the wall and soon they were to the insulation. I said , ok time for some stronger coverage. So up went the metal plate for protection.

My tiniest goats, our Pygmies, live in the front box. As we have learned, Pygmy goats love to be up high. Leif put a lid on the hay rack and the girls can climb on top. No problem there, but someone decided to eat the wall and soon they were to the insulation. I said , ok,  time for some stronger coverage. So up went the metal plate for protection. 

Ivy

This is Ivy who is our tiniest adult Pygmy goat. She spends a lot of time up there now that her daughter Surprise is more independent. That’s Petunia standing below.

Anyone who has goats knows the challenges of keeping hay in the hay rack. There are always problems with waste. Well we are no different here at Gullringstorp. We were loosing hay left and right, especially through the hay racks that were made for horses. Leif has made racks for the girls and placed hay bags up in many of the boxes. this box, however was our biggest problem. Every modification Leif made was destroyed by the boy’s horns. Finally we took it to our neighbor Bosse, for welding. The bars going horizontally help hold the hay bales in and provides a good place for horn scratching.

Boy's hay rack

Boy’s improved hay rack

Toby, Nanna's little boy, really enjoys the new impoved hay rack for his horns

Toby, Nanna’s little boy, really enjoys the new improved hay rack for his horns. Balder is standing nearby on the tabletop.

 

Welcome back for more updates  from Gullringstorp.

 

 

 

 

 


Global Warming at Gullringstorp


Remember just a few weeks ago, I posted photos of SNOW? I mean tons of snow.. Well we had a beautiful White Christmas. There was so much snow that my husband had to use the tractor to move it off our 2 roads and move it into the goat’s enclosure.  Needless to say, with all the wide gates open and all those snow mountains, the goats were unable to enjoy the enclosure.

New Year’s Eve we celebrated without snow! After dropping to minus temperatures,  we shot up to plus temperatures. In one day, we lost ALL our snow! It looked like a waste land with little sad piles of snow scattered around Gullringstorp.

After sadly looking at our land and seeing the grass and gravel, we woke up to this today after a night with minus temperatures. While walking back from the stable last evening, I really enjoyed the crystal clear sky with all its bright stars. I am never unthankful for the beautiful nature I live within. I knew by the clarity of the night that it would be a real COLD night and it was.

This is what we woke up to this morning:

Our green lawn in the fron went from snow packed to green again to frost

Our green lawn in the front went from snow packed to green again to frost

Beautiful Evergreens all frosty

Beautiful Evergreens all frosty

Now we can see some of the damage the tractor did to our lawns. So strange to see our neighbor's fields brown with no snow.

Now we can see some of the damage the tractor did to our lawns. So strange to see our neighbor’s fields brown with no snow.

The grass all over was crunchy with frost

The grass all over was crunchy with frost

The mounds of tractor  moved snow have melted butt just look at that frost. Too bad the goats couldn't go out yet again today.

All the mounds of tractor moved snow mounds have melted away;  but just look at that frost. Too bad the goats couldn’t go out yet again today.

Frost on my little nome trees and hedges

Frost on my little nome trees and hedges

Just one of our crunchy, frost trees here at Gullringstorp

Just one of our crunchy, frost trees here at Gullringstorp

Frosty evergreen bush

Frosty evergreen bush

Not so sure we should be having temperatures that yo-yo up and down within a day or a couple of hours. Just doesn’t seem right.

Feels like Global Warming to me…

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The First Real Snow of Winter at Gullringstorp


We have had a pretty unusually warm winter here at Gullringstorp. It has looked very much like fall since October. There has been a lot of rain and wind and even a few snow flurries that disappeared the very next day and sometimes the same day.

There was no snow here at Gullringstorp for Christmas which was a real disappointment. Here we are January 8th and we have had a significant snow fall all day yesterday . The temperature has dropped to -4 c which means this snowfall will stay for a few days. I am happy for that!

Winter snow at Gullringstorp:

Gullringstorp just seems to sparkle in the winter snow

Gullringstorp just seems to sparkle in the winter snow

A view if the backyard with stables at the back

A view if the backyard with stables at the back

Another view of the backyard

Another view of the backyard with a newly shoveled path. Thanks sweetheart!

A view from the front

A view of the koi pond on the side of the house

Our koi  pond has been covered and protected from the ice and snow of winter for a couple of months. We have popsicle fish under that tarp!

Our koi pond has been covered and protected from the ice and snow of winter for a couple of months. My daughter says we have popsicle fish under that tarp! That's a funny picture, popsicle fish!

Looks like a Christmas tree, doesn't it?

Looks like a huge Christmas tree, doesn't it?

This bush looks like it was carefully covered with vanilla frosting!

This bush looks like it was carefully covered with vanilla frosting!

This hedge still has it's Christmas decorations, for a few more days.

This hedge still has its Christmas decorations, which will remain for a few more days.

It's amazing how the snow can actually pile up on such tiny delicate branches

It's amazing how the snow can actually pile up on such tiny delicate branches

Even our hedges that line the driveways can somehow hold snow on their tiny leafless branches

Even our hedges that line the driveways can somehow hold snow on their tiny leafless branches

These tiny delicate berries don't seem to mind the snow nor the cold temperatures

These tiny delicate berries don't seem to mind the snow nor the cold temperatures

These geese, on the other hand, do seem to mind the cold temperatures and I am sure are heading for warmer temperatures

These geese, on the other hand, do seem to mind the cold temperatures and I am sure are heading for warmer temperatures.

I hope for more snow! My poor husband who insists on doing all the shoveling, I am sure hope that this is all we get. We will see what Mother Nature and Global Warming have in store for us here at Gullringstorp.

The goats of Gullringstorp are warm and cozy in the stable.