What a wonderful weekend Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap had at Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri. Östgötadagarna are two days that the products of local farms and handicrafts are presented and celebrated in Östergotland, Sweden.
This beautiful farm was open to the public for two days of fun, nature and education. Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri is known for it wonderful handmade cheeses that can be purchased in their farm shop. Many well known restaurants in Stockholm have purchased these delicious cheeses. Hejtorp cheeses are used by many chefs in the Stockholm area, including chefs that have cooked for the Nobel dinner in Stockholm. It would be so special to have Hejtorp cheeses featured at the Nobel dinner. You never know what the future may hold. Fingers crossed-
I was very delighted to be invited to present and sell my Eco-Friendly Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap at this lovely event. As we arrived early Saturday morning we were informed as to where to set up our tables. What a delightful location; between a lovely garden center selling farm fresh veggies and beautiful blooms and plants on one side and our favorite animal besides goats, alpaca. We watched as they unloaded them from the trailer and placed them in their pen for the weekend. They were wonderful neighbors, both to look at and listen to as the hummed the days away.
Collies at Hejtorp help round up the sheep and goats on the vast acreage on the farm. We were given a wonderful display of just how hard these dogs work and perform for the farm.
The Garden Center next to us provided wonderful farm fresh produce and we went home with a basket of fresh strawberries and freshly salted cucumbers. Yummy!
There was delicious food provided by a well known meat company (sorry don’t have the name) and there was food also provided by Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri. All was delicious and the visitors enjoyed their meals at tables that were provided for them.
There was a beautiful vintage tractor on display as well as a fantastic engine that was from 1940’s USA.
And of course there was Eco-Friendly Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. It was wonderful to introduce my product to new people and I was so happy to see so many Environmentally aware customers. Our dog Max was with us as usual as an ambassador for our Li’l Sis Pet Goat Milk Soap. He greeted guests with his little happy face. Our customers left our tables with a lovely bar of Eco-Friendly goat milk soap and a smile. It was a successful weekend for Li’l Sis with customer sales and client sales. Kristina, the owner of Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri placed another order for her farm shop.
We met so many nice and interesting people through our many conversations. I heard so many stories, of romance, of machinery and of livestock. I will share one with you:
A lady who had chickens told me a delightful story about her chickens. She also had Kinda hens as I do and as were on display at the farm. One day she saw one hen gathering all the other hens and they seemed to have some kind of discussion. There was much chatter and clucking. Then she decided to take a walk and all the other hen followed in line behind her. She led them all to her newly laid egg. There they all circled the egg and just looked at it. What a proud mother she was !
It was a wonderful weekend!
Breakfast with all the staff and vendors on Sunday. We all watched as the steers were unloaded.
Little Joe gets a pal.
Thank you Kristina for inviting Eco-Friendly Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap to participate this year at your annual Östgötadagarna. It was an absolute joy!
Max joined us as we visited the farm of Maria. Maria is a charming young woman that I met at the seasons first craft market. We had so many things in common that we chatted as if we were long lost sisters or friends. This is not something that happens everyday, so when life brings you a special friend like Maria, you recognize it and enjoy the experience.
We had such a joyful time at her farm viewing and getting to know her many animals. She has beautiful Swedish goats that at this moment have the cutest little curly white babies. She breeds and sells some of Sweden’s endangered species of chickens, ducks and rabbits. She also breeds turkeys and has the most beautiful, colorful and majestic male turkey named King.
We had a lovely time chatting over cup of coffee, tea and a Finnish cake that she baked for our arrival to her farm. It was a delightful visit. We will be back often as we enjoy each other’s company and animals. Maria has seen much of Gullringstorp on my blog and Facebook but has not yet visited us. She will us very visit soon.
Of all her animals, the ones of most interest to me above all the others, were her beautiful rescue greyhounds. We are planning to adopt a rescue greyhound from Ireland and meeting Maria was just such a wonderful ting to have happen. Her dogs have come from a wonderful rescue center in Ireland and I will use the same company when we are ready to adopt.
We spent a splendid day with Maria and her animals. It was a great opportunity for myself to enjoy and become reacquainted with greyhounds and for my husband to meet them for the first time and understand the yearning I have had to adopt one. It was very important to see if our little dog Max could be around these large animals. He was just fine! They enjoyed them and he enjoyed them. No we know that ill not be an issue. We must make sure that the one that we adopt is ok with small dogs and cats. Maria’s dogs love her small Jack Russell terrier and are just fine with her two cats. With our small Brussels Griffon and 4 indoor cats, we will have to wait to find a greyhound that has been seen to be well with both for our home.
We spent such a lovley time at Maria’s farm and are very much looking forward to returning.
It has been a very cold night here at Gullringstorp. The sun came up to a chilly -17C this morning.
We have a heater on one end if our stable to keep the pipes from freezing. We used to carry buckets of hot water to the stable during winter months. This tiny heater keeps everything from freezing so we have water on hand for the goats and the chickens.
With the body heat of our 25 strong herd, the temperature today is just above 0C. We are careful not to open any doors unnecessarily that would let the cold in. Everyone has, by now a nice warm bed of straw and hay built up over the recent months. This makes a nice warm bed for them.This also means that in addition to their warm thick winter coats, they are cozy, not crazy warm, but very comfortable.
Outside my dinning room window I can see our covered pond is buried under fluffy snow. I know our koi are in their hibernation state and we will see them in the spring.
I can also see our garden birds enjoying their meal here at Gullringstorp. There’s seed in the many containers as well as seed spilled to the ground. Soon it will be time to refill the seeds and lard balls that sustain them during the bleak cold winter months.
Just a tiny look into winter here at Gullringstorp.
Phillip slept most of the 3 hr journey to his new home. I consider that a good sign that he felt safe and comfortable to not just lay down but to sleep.
Once there, they put him on a lead and walked him around the property to meet everyone. He met chickens, a pig, a dog and of course his new herd two ladies. He was even out together with them in the enclosure.
Phillip seems to be settling in and the ladies are the boss. That’s ok, the herd dynamics are sorted out by the strongest or most dominate goat. He will be at the bottom until he proves himself and they will become his harem.
I’m very happy for everyone but most of all for Phillip,
The boys needed to be out on this crisp cool morning because their box is being emptied today. I figured it was also a day for our ladies to be out and get some fresh air. They don’t have a full day, they will be in by 3 pm just before it gets dark.
Good decision, the ladies are so happy to be out. They are running, playing? Snatching mouthfuls of hay on the run and greeting old pals. They soon discovered the snow. It was fun to stand on, slide on and lick.
It was a very strange and unstable weather day so our herd remained inside.
I did work and added items to my website http://www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com
Today was the perfect day to pick up hay for our goats. We now have a beautiful new bale in the feed box.
So sorry to all my followers that I have been away from my blog for a while. A lot of travel for my business Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap and very busy here at Gullringstorp. Since I have been on the go so much, it’s been too easy to take quick photos and write a quick post on my Facebook pages. Please take a peek at what we have been up to both here at Gullringstorp with our goats and at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap.
Our little herd was tucked into bed early this evening. We had an engagement with a very well know antique expert, Peder Lamm from Stockholm and often seen on Swedish TV.
We were served a wonderful dinner of curry kyckling och potatis ( chicken curry with potatoes ) and a desert. We had a choice of sparkling water or öl (beer).
We had great company at out table and great conversation.
Thank you for the kind invitation.
Quite some time ago, we went to our neighbors to ask if we could buy a little playhouse that was sitting unused. We thought, ok, I thought it would make a really cute chicken house. We were thinking of getting chickens for Gullringstorp and had yet decided on how to house them. This little playhouse seemed perfect.
It’s tradition to build a replica of the main house when houses are being built in Sweden. They are so cute. The children have a tiny replica of the house they live in. It’s also tradition to allow children to make decisions. The young lady who had clearly outgrown her play house, refused to sell it to us. I was disappointed of course , but she had that right to say no.
We decided to renovate the outdoor stable bathroom/shower house. So now our chickens have a real apartment. They have 3 rooms, a front door with steps , a hatch door on the side, a heater, windows and lights.
We have watched the cute little playhouse fall into disrepair from non use over the past year. Poor little house. While in London, my husband was asked if we wanted this little playhouse, at no charge. My husband accepted and said we would find good use for it. The sad little playhouse made its way into our goat enclosure. With much TLC this house is now a cute addition to our enclosure and a place to have hay and shelter for our girls.
Our girls are all happy with the new playhouse and we are happy to have it.
After yesterday’s dismal rainy day, we have a bright, dry, crisp windy, cold and beautiful day here at Gullringstorp!
Our goats are really happy to be out.
With the cold wind blowing through the enclosure, it is a “goats in coats ” day!
This is why our babies and Hilda are wearing their coats today!
Thank you for the beautiful day!