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Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap at Östgötadagarna at Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri


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!

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Breakfast with all the staff and vendors on Sunday. We all watched as the steers were unloaded.

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Little Joe gets a pal.

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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!

Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri

www.hejtorp.se


An Afternoon with Maria!


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.

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A Chilly Winter Morning at Gullringstorp


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.

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An Update on Phillip


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,


Good Frosty Morning From Gullringstorp !


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.

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Hay For Our Goats


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.

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Antiques Anyone?

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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.

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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 invited to Peders Antik Rally!!! Sweden’s version of Antique Road Show.It was great to see some familiar faces and enjoy all the antiques that were brought in for evaluation. It was really interesting to hear all about the artifacts that were brought in from antique spoons, vases, containers, baby pram, art work and antique books. I learned not only about he object, but interesting Swedish history.

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.

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A Surprise for our Girls


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.

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Blocks were placed underneath to keep the wood off the groundneah

Blocks were placed underneath to keep the wood off the ground

Safty grids were placed on the windows

Safety grids were placed on the windows

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The front steps were missing a plank which was replaced

The front steps were missing a plank which was replaced

The girls see the house for the first timer the fi

The girls see the house for the first time

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Some little ones were not so interested in the house

Some little ones were not so interested in the playhouse

How many goats can you fit into a play house?

How many goats can you fit into a playhouse?

Our girls had to check it out from every angle

Our girls had to check it out from every angle

We had hay in the back of the little house but they didn't seem to care

We had hay in the back of the little playhouse but they didn’t seem to care

 

Adfter considerable thought, we decided that  the hay might be better up off the floor

After considerable thought, we decided that the hay might be better up off the floor

Our dog Max liked the idea of Recycling the loading pallets

Our dog Max liked the idea of Recycling the loading pallets. We Recycle, Reduce and Reuse here at Gullringstorp and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap

Just as I thougt would happen, someone decide it was fun to climb on

Just as I thought would happen, someone decide it was fun to climb on

Some goats like Iris, thought the house was not only cute and fun, but delicious!

Some goats like Iris, thought the playhouse was not only cute and fun, but delicious!

So delicious in fact, Iris had to taste up higher

So delicious in fact, Iris had to taste up in the rafters

Iris with her kids

Iris with her kids who are watching her

Blossom was brave and went in alone

Blossom was brave and went in alone

Pansy didn't want anyone but her and her daughter Lilly in the play house

Pansy didn’t want anyone but her and her daughter Lilly in the playhouse

Pansy with Lilly and Huckelberry

Pansy with Lilly and Huckleberry

Auntie Rose is tasting the house with Violet watching

Pumpkin is tasting the house with her daughter Violet watching

Nanna had to see what it was like to be in the playhouse

Nanna had to see what it was like to be in the playhouse

 

 

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Another Gullringstorp Goats and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap Tour


This morning we had 12 lively Mini Scouts come to Gullringstorp for a Tour. They were ages 7 -10 years old.   We prepared our two workshops for both Tour sites. One side was just for the goats where the children learned all about what it means to have and take care  of goats. They each told what pets they have, most of which were cats. They understood when we spoke about preventing sickness and treating sickness.

The food display was fun because I held up each one they told me what it was. There were buckets of hay and straw, bowls of all three grains and then a bowl with the grains blended together. We had a huge branch with lots of green leaves on it  to show what we sometimes give the goats inside and outside. We also had a branch that had been thoroughly  enjoyed with no leaves left and no bark left.

The children were very patient with me because they could hear the goats in the stable. But before they saw the goats  there was a game to play. I wear stable pants with many pockets and the game was to guess what I might have in all my pockets. Oh the kids really had to think and use their imaginations. It was so much fun. Some of the adults wanted in on this game as well.

What was in my pockets?

  1. Filter mask
  2. Flashlight
  3. One glove to use when picking greens so as not to get stung by nettles
  4. Three different brushes for the goats
  5. Syringes
  6. Emory boards for a quick splint if needed
  7. Paper towels
  8. Keys
  9. Branch clippers
  10. Lipgloss, because I am a woman
  11. Pre moistened towelettes

Before they arrived we prepared the enclosure as usual but we added this morning , beautiful branches for both the boys and girls. Leif chopped some very large branches so the children would be able to se how the goats enjoy them.

The boy's enclosure

The boy’s enclosure

Beautiful fresh green branches for the girls

Beautiful fresh green branches for the girls

Here comes the first of the Mini Scouts

Here comes the first of the Mini Scouts

Here is the entire group just before the Gullringstorp Goat Tour

Here is the entire group just before the Gullringstorp Goat Tour

The children received a cup full of bread cut into cubes to feed the goats. We expected 10 but had 2 extra so they had to share the bread cubes

The children received a cup full of bread cut into cubes to feed the goats. We expected 10 but had 2 extra so they had to share the bread cubes

 

After the long wait, the children ran into the enclosure

After the long wait, the children ran into the enclosure

The children were very excited and as a result, were a bit too much for the goats in  the beginning.

The children were very excited and as a result, were a bit too much for the goats in the beginning.

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Finally the children are able to feed the goats little cubes of bread we provided in cups

Finally the children are able to feed the goats little cubes of bread we provided in cups

The goats became used to them and were not so afraid

The goats became used to them and were not so afraid

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Iris is waiting for a treat

Iris is waiting for a treat

Iris got her treat

Iris got her treat

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The goats finally calm down and aren't afraid anymore

The goats finally calm down and aren’t afraid anymore

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Time for the Li'l Sis Goat Milk Soap portion of the Tour

Time for the Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap portion of the Tour

The kids came slowly to the table, wanting to spend more time with the goats

The kids came slowly to the table, wanting to spend more time with the goats

Here the Mini Scouts were giving a special salute and thanks to Gullrigstorp Goats and Li'l Sis Goat Milk Soap Tour

Here the Mini Scouts were giving a special salute and thanks to Gullringstorp Goats and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap Tour

Li'l Sis Goat Milk Soap gift bags

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap gift bags

 

Each child left with a gift bag full of goodies. A travel size soap, a bookmark and a box of raisins

Leif distributes gift bags. Each child left with a gift bag full of goodies. A travel size soap, a bookmark and a box of raisins

Time to say goodbye to the Mini Scouts of Vadstena

Time to say goodbye to the Mini Scouts of Vadstena

Off they went with gift bags in tow

Off they went down our road with gift bags in tow

Oh, they were so cute!

Oh, they were so cute!

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We wave goodbye as the last car leaves Gullringstorp

We wave goodbye as the last car leaves Gullringstorp

A warm thank you to all the Mini Scouts and their guides, for visiting Gullringstorp. You were a pleasure to have and you are most welcome back. Hope to see you next year.


Goats in Coats at Gullringstorp!


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!

Max my little helper and I are ready with the hay

Max my little helper and I are ready with the hay

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A beautiful day, sky and autumn colors starting

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A beautiful day for the goats to enjoy

just look at that sky !

Just look at that blue sky !

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Of they go in their coats

Max and Blossom

Max and Blossom

Time to play!

Time to play!

Hilda has a thinner fur than the other adults so she needs a coat when it's windy

Hilda has a thinner fur than the other adults so she needs a coat when it’s windy

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Max sits safe on the bench

Max sits safe on the bench

Surprise and little Violet

Surprise and little Violet

Violet

Violet

Huckleberry

Huckleberry

Little Blossom

Little Blossom

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Playing on the rocks

Huckleberry and Lilly

Huckleberry and Lilly

So cute in their little coats

So cute in their little coats

This is just too fun

This is just too fun for Huckleberry to resist

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Huckleberry got the wheelbarrow to himself

Pumpkin and her daughters

Pumpkin and her daughters

 

This is why our babies and Hilda are wearing their coats today!

Thank you for the beautiful day!