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City Girl Turned Country Gal Brings Culture Into the Stable at Gullringstorp Part 6


This was a very cold , windy and snowy morning, here at Gullringstorp. We find ourselves in the midst of yet another winter.

Unfortunately, this not a day for our goats to be out

Unfortunately, this was not a day for our goats to be out in their snowed in enclosure

Gullringstorp deep in snow once again

Gullringstorp deep in snow once again. But, oh so beautiful.

One of our cats, Pip enjoys looking at the snow from his warm window seat

One of our cats, Pip enjoys looking at the snow from his warm window seat

Today my goats enjoyed beautiful music from Sicily, Italy.  We listened to Roberto Alagna’s CD ” Sicilian” with lovely romantic and lively Italian pieces, as fresh hay , water and grain was given. I really enjoy Roberto Alagna and have bee able to enjoy him in opera several times. I am really happy to be able to enjoy his singing no matter where I happen to be, here at Gullringstorp.

Roberto Alagna is a French tenor who has performed the works of many of the world’s greatest composers, in some of the worlds most famous opera houses; Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Donizetti, Massenet, just to name a few.

Here are just some of his roles in the world of opera: Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Alfredo in La Traviatta, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Don Jose in Don Jose, Hoffman in Les Contes d’Hoffman.

I hope you enjoy Roberto Alagna’s Sicilian:


Summer Updates From Gullringstorp


We have had the new mothers and the babies out in the large enclosure with wonderful success. It was now time to integrate the entire herd in the enclosure at once. I was just a bit anxious about Pumpkin. She has undergone a drastic personality change since she gave birth last summer. It wasn’t the birth, no, that went quite well. I believe it was the loss of one of her babies early on, Miracle. She has been a big grump ever since and fuses with every goat, when given the opportunity.

Pumpkin has been a bit of a problem , but overall, it went splendidly!

Pumpkin had to be "caught as she ran amok when she entered the enclosure. She ran out and her daughter Rose followed

Pumpkin had to be “caught” as she ran amok when she entered the enclosure. She ran out and her daughter Rose followed.                                              Pumpkin was full of spit and vinegar as you can see by my husband’s face

Pumpkin eventually calmed herself down and had a fun time out

Pumpkin eventually calmed herself down and had a fun time out

Well what can I say? Pumpkin was fine for a minute!

Well what can I say? Pumpkin was fine for a minute!

I can't really put in words the absolute delight i feel when I look and see all my goats playing together in the enclosure

I can’t really put in words the absolute delight I feel when I look and see all my goats playing together in the enclosure

Oh, my goats having fun in the sun! What a sight!

Oh, my goats having fun in the sun! What a sight!

Iris is enjoying making a mess with hay, as usual

Iris is enjoying making a mess with hay, as usual while Poppy meets Little Surprise for the first time

Two of our tiny Pygmy ladies. Ivy on the right is Little Surprise's mommy

Two of our tiny Pygmy ladies. Ivy on the right is Little Surprise’s mommy

More fun and togetherness

More fun and  greetings

Pansy, one of Frida's daughters, meets little Toby for the first time

Pansy, one of Frida’s daughters, meets little Toby for the first time

Our sweet little Nanna

Our sweet little Nanna

Meeting old friends, goat style

Meeting old friends, goat style

Alika's son Pip stands proudly on one of the platforms for the goats to play on

Alika’s son Pip stands proudly on one of the platforms for the goats to play on

Little Pip and Toby have fun together

Little Pip and Toby have fun together. They have met before, in passing because they have each played in separate play yards

Three of our Pygmy ladies. Look at Ivy and her daughter Little Surprise, so sweet

Three of our Pygmy ladies. Look at Ivy and her daughter Little Surprise, so sweet

Ivy and her new daughter Little Surprise born June 12

Ivy and her new daughter Little Surprise born June 12

Our delicate Ivy

Our delicate Ivy

Frida's daughters have decided that Hilda will be their new mommy. Hilda who adopted Alika and is Peanut's mommy, is only too pleased to accept her.

Frida’s daughters have decided that Hilda will be their new mommy. Hilda who adopted Alika and is Peanut’s mommy, is only too pleased to accept her.

Keriana's daughter Fiona

Keriana’s daughter Fiona

Hilda who is due to deliver within the next two weeks is with Peanut her daughter

Hilda who is due to deliver within the next two weeks is with Peanut her daughter

Hilda and her extended family

Hilda and her extended family; two new daughters, Pansy and Poppy

Keriana sharing a tender moment with her little daughter, Fiona

Keriana sharing a tender moment with her little daughter, Fiona

Look at Fiona's black stockings ! So cute !

Look at Fiona’s black stockings ! So cute !

Pip and Fiona play with a mommy in attendance

Pip and Fiona play with Alika close by

Fun on the imported rock pile

Fun on the imported rock pile We have a wonderful property, just no boulders or big rocks. Thanks to my husband  we have some imported into our enclosure. The goats love them. Wish we had more.

Petunia, one of our Pygmy ladies. She was found in the boy's enclosure back in June while I was away. We will see if she became pregnant in November

Petunia, one of our Pygmy ladies. She was found in the boy’s enclosure back in June while I was away. We will see if she became pregnant in November

Our Pumpkin with her slender neck and legs

Our Pumpkin with her slender neck and legs

More fun by the rocks

More fun by the rocks

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy and Little Surprise

It was a lovely day and a lovely sight to have all the goats out of the stable. I spent as much time as I could out with our little herd watching and listening. The sounds are so delightful and you never know what you will witness. Goats are so charming and beguiling and I always hate to be away from our goats here at Gullringstorp. I just hate to miss anything.

For the very first time in a very long time, I walked the corridor of our stable and it was so silent. There were no goats inside. they were all happily playing in the late summer sun at Gullringstorp. Talk about an empty nest!

We are keeping a close eye on Hilda who is due in the next 2 weeks. We will, of corse keep you updated. For now she is round, a bit slow and is doing well on the milk stand and enjoys going out, even when i am not sure she should be out. tis will be Hilda’s second delivery, here at Gullringstorp.


Baby Boy’s Return to the Enclosure With the Rest of the Herd


We had quite a scare with little Baby Boy on July 19th. He came around on the 20th and has made a steady climb back to good health. This is a little cutie you just don’t want to see not feeling well. What a sad little fellow he was. Yesterday, July 26th was his first day out in the enclosure. The vet recommended some days off fresh grass, grains and just have hay and straw. Boy it really felt good to let him and his buddies out to play! Their enclosure had been reinforced and a door put up to keep them in and the girls out.

Baby Boy with his pal Balder

Baby Boy with his pal Balder

Baby Boy almost lost in the flowers

Baby Boy almost lost in the flowers

My two little boys, Balder and Baby Boy

My two little boys, Balder and Baby Boy

My husband put a door on the fencing to help secure the enclosure. There is chicken wire around the entire enclosure. This would keep the live electric wires on the inside to deter the boys and the girls could not try to climb through the electric ropes. The entrance was a problem. A door was the solution. So far it’s working!

New door for the boy's enclosure

New door for the boy's enclosure

The boys really enjoyed their day out in the enclosure and so did the baby girls and the others, including our mothers to be.

Sweet little Nanna

Sweet little Nanna

Nanna has claimed this bench for herself

Nanna has claimed this bench for herself

Chiyoko and Nakoa like to be together

Chiyoko and Nakoa like to be together

Balder enjoying fresh hay, tastes better outside!

Balder enjoying fresh hay, tastes better outside!

Sleepy Nanna’s three steps to a nap:

Step #1

Step #1

Step #2

Step #2

Step #3 Nap time!

Step #3 Nap time!

Nanna was not the only one enjoying the day and taking a nap:

Baby Boy resting and more important, CHEWING! All systems working!

Baby Boy resting and more important, CHEWING! All systems working!

My expectant mothers are all a bit tired in the July heat. They rest as often as they can and they are a bit grumpy. they get really grumpy when new branches are brought into the enclosure or when we give another attention and not them.

Pumpkin taking a rest

Pumpkin taking a rest

Pumpkin laying near the mineral licking stone

Pumpkin laying near the mineral licking stone

Frida is getting a bit grumpy with her daughter Keriana. Frida would like to rest alone at times and poor Keriana is having a hard time with this. Frida eventually gets her space and Keriana must find a different place to rest.

Keriana licks the mineral stone before trying to settle down as usual, next to her mother

Keriana licks the mineral stone before trying to settle down as usual, next to her mother

Keriana, ready to lay down

Keriana, ready to lay down

Frida made it real clear that this was HER spot and she had no intentions of sharing

Frida made it real clear that this was HER spot and she had no intentions of sharing

Hilda has found her peaceful place to rest

Hilda has found her peaceful place to rest

With the mothers-to-be resting , alone, my yearlings Keriana and Alika had to make new arrangements for themselves:

Alika and Keriana sharing a tender moment. So nice to see since Keriana had a difficult time accepting Alika into the herd

Alika and Keriana sharing a tender moment. So nice to see since Keriana had a difficult time accepting Alika into the herd.

After rest time, everyone heads out to enjoy the enclosure and all the yummy grass and flowers:

The boys head out to enjoy their enclosure.

The boys head out to enjoy their enclosure.

The Baby Girls enjoy the grass and flowers

The Baby Girls enjoy the grass and flowers

Chiyoko and Nakoa find yummy grass alongside the boy's enclosure.

Chiyoko and Nakoa find yummy grass along side the boy's enclosure.

As Chiyoko and Nakoa eat, Nanna tries to get the boy's attention. What a little flirt!

As Chiyoko and Nakoa eat, Nanna tries to get the boy's attention. What a little flirt!

Nanna looks really close to that fence, but believe me, she has respect for it's unpleasant  jolt.

Nanna looks really close to that fence, but believe me, she has respect for its unpleasant jolt.

Hilda heads out to the grass and flowers, showing her beautiful udder. She is due mid August.

Hilda heads out to the grass and flowers, showing her beautiful udder. She is due mid August.

Frida and the others out in the far end of the enclosure, followed by my trusty herd dog Max

Frida and Keriana out in the far end of the enclosure, followed by my trusty herd dog Max.

My ladies out in the enclosure

My ladies out in the enclosure

One of the climbing items in the enclosure was damaged by the goats so it needed some repair work. Finding things for goats to climb on safely is not so easy. We don’t have a natural rocky area for our herd so we have to bring things in for them. My husband began working and our Pumpkin who has a crush on my husband, was right there to check it all out:

My husband heading toward his repair project

My husband heading toward his repair project

Pumpkin has to inspect everything.

Pumpkin has to inspect everything.

Pumpkin has to be up close and inspect the repair job

Pumpkin has to be up close and inspect the repair job

Pumpkin making sure it's done right!

Pumpkin making sure it's done right!

The Baby Girls just had to come and inspect the newly repaired stand.

The Baby Girls just had to come and inspect the newly repaired stand.

I can’t say I wasn’t nervous with Baby Boy out eating grass after his problem, because I was. It was a long night as we kept checking on him in the box, only to find him happy and chewing his grass all over again! Best thing we could ever see! He was kept inside today just to give his rumen time to settle with all the grass he ate yesterday.

My expectant mothers are doing very well and seem happy and comfortable. Frida will be the first to deliver in the beginning of August. She is large, has a bit of trouble walking and lowering herself to rest but there are no real problems.

Welcome back for more from Gullringstorp!