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Boris Update!


Our newest member of our Gullringstorp family, Boris is doing just fine.
He seems to be enjoying his new home. He watches the cats and our little Max through the plexy glass on his enclosure. He can be found on every shelf and resting area provided him. He has finally found his heated shelf and seems to enjoy it. He hasn’t started to eat yet but I offer him a nice bowl of delicious chopped veggies: kale, carrots, zucchini and apple. If the plate is untouched in the evening, it goes into the chicken’s bowl. He will soon start eating. He’s still adjusting.
I am so glad he is here with us at Gullringstorp!

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Boris is at Gullringstorp !!!


We have Boris home with us at Gullringstorp !!!!
He has a lot to become adjusted to. Is say it will be sensory overload for a while. New enclosure, new sights and sounds and new family.
We will give Boris all the time he needs to feel at home at Gullringstorp.

Boris came from a very loving home but his owner was unable to spend the time needed with him. He wanted him to be in a home where he could get lots of consistent attention.

As we left, I have Boris’ dad a big hug. Even though he made this very responsible decision, I know it was difficult to say goodbye. I promised to keep him updated and send photos of Boris regularly.

Feels really good to finally have Boris here with us .

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This is a first meal at Gullringstorp. Greens, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, chopped apples

 

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These are items that we brought from his prior home: a humidifier, food dish , heating cord and a netting to climb up on and his bath tub to swim in and potty in. I hope his familiar items help Boris have a smooth transition to his new home.

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Welcome to Gullringstorp Boris!


An Afternoon at the Opera


For all my followers who know me and those who have just found me,  I am a city girl turned country gal, living in the Swedish countryside. It has been some time since I have had an opera evening to share with you. My business Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is keeping me quite busy. As much as I love my farm and life in the countryside, I still miss and enjoy when I can, city delights. One such delight is being able to watch live HD transmissions of opera direct from The Metropolitan Opera  in New York. Yes, I can attend and enjoy world class opera just 20 minutes from Gullringstorp! Yesterday I had the pleasure of viewing an opera that sat unfinished for many years. Prince Igor, by composer Alexander Borodin. In true Metropolitan Opera fashion, this Russian epic required and received a stage that was filled with the most wonderful chorus and the costumes and sets that transported you to the towns in Russia that were depicted in the opera. It was a story of power, protest, loss and recovery. Sound familiar? I could not help but think of the present day struggles that are now going on around the globe , most especially the struggle in Kiev, Ukraine. It was very beautiful and moving with a musical score with vocals sung by some of the finest opera voices from  Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. The orchestration and vocals along with the world class Metropolitan opera chorus, were magnificent and really touched my heart. Here are reviews from The Metropolitan Opera site:

Prince Igor

Approximate running time 4 hrs. 15 min. Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop.

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s “wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical. The impressive cast, with many Russian singers, is headed by the compelling bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role… His Igor has moments of Italianate lyrical refinement. He brings passion, even a touch of neediness, to his exchanges with his devoted wife, Yaroslavna, the Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her Met debut. She is a classic Russian soprano with a cool, penetrating intensity, fearless high notes, and a glint of steel in her sound.” (New York Times)

“The charismatic Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili brings her plush, big voice and a sultry physicality to the role of Konchakovna.” (New York Times) Gianandrea Noseda “led a vibrant and textured performance… [conveying] the Russian character of the music, while conducting it with clarity and precision. The Met chorus is at its glorious best.” (New York Times)

Prince Igor’s triumphant return: the Met makes a masterpiece of an unlikely opera. [A performance that] would be the jewel of any opera company in any golden age.” (New York Observer)

“The Met has returned a long-absent marvel to its rightful place in the repertoire.” (New York Magazine)

“The hugely talented Tcherniakov [is] a director who also designs his own sets. These were terrific: neither abstract nor period medieval, they took us into more universal realms of fear, longing and despair.” (Bloomberg) “Ildar Abdrazakov masterfully probed Igor’s guilt and regret.” (Wall Street Journal)

There was much to understand and comprehend in this opera. As with any war or civil unrest, like a chess game, there are many moving pieces. to understand exactly what the opera was about, I have included, from the Metropolitan Opera website,the SYNOPSIS

Prologue The city-state of Putivl. Together with his son, Vladimir, Prince Igor gathers his army for a military campaign against the Polovtsians. A sudden solar eclipse frightens everybody. The people and Igor’s inner circle of boyars (nobles) take this as a bad omen and plead with Igor to postpone the campaign. Unnoticed by the army, two soldiers—Skula and Yeroshka—decide to desert: they do not want to risk their lives and are determined to stay behind in Putivl. Igor’s wife, Yaroslavna, pleads with Igor to remain at home, but he cannot be persuaded. The Prince bids farewell to her and leaves her in the care of her brother, Prince Vladimir Galitsky. The army of Igor and Vladimir sets out on their campaign.

Act I The Polovtsian steppes. The battle is lost. Igor’s army is destroyed, and he is taken prisoner by Khan Konchak, the chief of the Polovtsians. In his mind, the tormented Igor replays over and over everything that has happened. The beautiful Konchakovna, who is in love with Vladimir, appears to him. Then Yaroslavna appears. Then Ovlur appears, urging him to flee his captivity. Then Khan Konchak appears and offers his friendship as his guest of honor. Igor has a vision of the overwhelming joy of living life to its fullest.

Act II In Yaroslavna’s palace. Terrible nightmares and dark premonitions haunt Yaroslavna. There has not been any news from Igor for a long time. Young maidens come to Yaroslavna accusing Galitsky of going on a wild rampage in Putivl. They complain that Galitsky has abducted one of their friends and ask Yaroslavna to step in and demand that the girl be returned to them. Yaroslavna doesn’t have the power to deal with her brother. Galitsky behaves impertinently with his sister and threatens both her and Igor. In the court of Prince Galitsky, the men are having a drunken feast. Seeking still more power, Galitsky would like to exile Yaroslavna to a nunnery as part of his plan to replace Igor as the new Prince of Putivl. Skula and Yeroshka now support Galitsky’s claims. The young maidens come directly to Galitsky in a desperate attempt to save their friend, but the mob laughs at them, chasing them away. The drunken brawl reaches its climax; everyone prepares for revolt. Yaroslavna’s palace. The boyars bring Yaroslavna the tragic news of the army’s destruction and of Igor’s captivity, sending her into turmoil. In the meantime, Galitsky and his followers take advantage of the moment and revolt. Alarm bells announce imminent danger: the enemy advances on Putivl and in the ensuing panic Galitsky is killed.

Act III Putivl is destroyed and left in ruins. Yaroslavna has lost all hope for Igor’s return and weeps over her husband’s loss. Igor, who has in fact escaped from captivity, suddenly returns to destroyed Putivl. Torturous visions continue to haunt him. The tipsy Skula and Yeroshka discover Igor. In order to escape deserved punishment for treason, the cunning Skula suggests to Yeroshka that they be the first to summon the people to share the joyous news with them. Igor interrupts the crowd’s jubilation and addresses the people with words of repentance. He blames himself for all that has happened and calls upon everybody to unite and rebuild their destroyed lives.  

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Here is a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZHtISoeGWQ

I may be a little goat herder in the Swedish countryside, but I step out of my world to enjoy wonderful culture whenever I can. As soon as I can get the score on my iPhone, my goats will  have a real treat in the stable.

Thank you for a wonderful and moving experience spent with the Metropolitan Opera of New York.


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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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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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!


What has Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap Been up to?


Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap  is now on her way to Ghana !!

With our need to give back and participate in humanitarian causes,  we have decided to make donations of our Eco- Friendly 100% Natural products.

We have recently become engaged with Global Hand Organization. Global Hand is an online matching service: a non-profit brokerage facilitating public/private partnership. It brings together people who want to address global issues: for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations, foundations, trusts, governments, diplomats and more. It works like this; you decide what you have to donate, services, a product, educational skills or other skills, etc. You place on their site what you wish to donate and what your interests are and which charity organizations or causes you wish to align yourself. We are particularly concerned with children and want to help where we can. We have expressed our interest in assisting children in need as we placed our offer of Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap on the site. Within a few hours, we had several notes of interest from many NGO’s and charity organizations; Uganda, Ghana, India and Kosovo just to mention a few. It then becomes our job to research these organizations and decide which one or ones best fits our needs as someone donating. Once we are satisfied, we will donate our product. We can’t and shouldn’t rush such an important decision like this. Because Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is a small fledgling home business, we do not have the inventory to be able to donate to all of the notes of interest in our mailbox.  Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is not a major player, but every little bit helps.  We would give anything to see those little faces light up when they see our little goat on the soap!

We have taken the time needed to review all the notes of interest that Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap has received both on the Global Hand website and my e-mail. Each one is more compelling than the next. We really wish that we had the capacity to assist in as many notes of interest as we have received. This is, however, not possible for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap at this time.

In our quest to make my choice, we have had to do a lot of thinking and researching each NGO. After having read through each website, our decision is made.

It is important to me to be able to help children in any way we can so our choice was clear. We have decided to go into partnership with Appomense Hope for Africa Organization in Ghana. In addition to many projects, they presently work with 9 orphanages. They have children from 1 day old up to 19 years old.

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is not a large company, but size does not determine your ability to help people in need. We can not send boxes upon boxes of product, but after our warm welcome from Appomense Hope for Africa, we will do my best to donate a couple of times a year to this organization.

We are so excited and now it’s time to select our products and get them packaged up for their long trip to Ghana!

Each package contained one wrapped and labeled soap

Each package contained one wrapped and labeled soap

Our donation consisted of 3 different styles: one for the children with our famous little goat, our block bar for the volunteers and staff and finally our travel size for the babies

Our donation consisted of 3 different styles: for the younger children with our famous little goat, our block bar for the older children and finally our travel size for the babies

The soaps were packaged according to size and scent

The soaps were packaged according to size and scent

Wow have I been busy here at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap! I have packed our box full of wonderfully delicious Eco-Friendly 100% Natural goat milk soap. We just have a few details to work out before this box is sent to Appomense Hope for Africa Foundation in Ghana.Our donation box is now ready for the post office

Our donation box has now been posted to Ghana !!

We were so happy to have completed our donation and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her was to Ghana Africa!

What’s next for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap?

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap  is now on her way to London !!

Well she can’t stay home long because in just a few weeks Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will be on her was to a shop in London, UK!!

We are so happy to be in our first store in London!  I will deliver the order in person and will take photos.

Oh dear, Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap just needs to keep her bags packed!
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap  is now on her way to Nepal !!

A Swedish nurse contacted me and let me know she and her sister and a third lady are traveling to Nepal and there is a request for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps.
Rebecka is traveling to volunteer at a hospital in Kathmandu, through the Swedish organization, Skandinaviska Institutet. They saw my offer on Global Hand Organization website.  Another young lady, Malin, is going to volunteer in an orphanage, Dhuruba Dampus Orphanage Center that is in southern Nepal.

Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is more than happy to donate to the orphanage in Nepal. Our soaps will travel with the two Swedish volunteers to Nepal.   We  have just packed our box full of wonderfully delicious Eco-Friendly 100% Natural goat milk soap and it’s ready for travel to Nepal.
We really hope our Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will bring a smile to their faces and lots of bubbles.

Please wish Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap happy and safe travels to all of her destinations.


Gullringstorp Goats Relaxing


Every evening after we have prepared the boxes for the night, we spend some time with our goats.  This time serves several purposes; we have some quality time with them as a herd and as individuals. We can check goats while they are in motion to make sure there are no signs of any limps or favoring of one side over the other. I check udders to make sure no one is too full, because our babies are beginning to wean themselves. I check ears for lost ear clips. I give little back rubs as I brush each one and check for anything unusual. I check eyes, noses and ears. They never realize they are being examined because I try to make each goat’s individual time with me personal, with brushing and stroking and of course conversation.

I find a place to sit and make myself comfortable and each goat will slowly make her way to me, for attention. The babies try to get all our attentions. We have no issues with the little ones, they get plenty of hugs and kisses.

Once all this is done, each goat will find a comfy place to relax and take an evening rest. Mothers and babies always lay close together and snooze. Friends will play for a while then rest close together. Some prefer to relax all by themselves.

Here are Gullringstorp goats at rest in the early evening:

Pansy and her daughter Lilly

Pansy and her daughter Lilly

Keriana and her daughter Fiona

Keriana and her daughter Fiona

Nanna played for awhile with Petunia then decided to relax alone

Nanna played for a while with Petunia then decided to relax alone

Keriana and Fiona

Keriana and Fiona

Pumpkin and her daughters, Willow and Violet

Pumpkin and her daughters, Willow and Violet

Pumpkin with her new babies and her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin with her new babies and her 2 yr old daughter Rose

 

Iris and Blossom

Iris and Blossom. Florian was on the bench beside me and Max

Ivy is alone because her daughter Surprise is playing

Ivy is alone because her daughter Surprise is playing

Huckelberry always claims the table top for his personal relaxing place

Huckleberry always claims the table top for his personal relaxing place

Pansy and Lilly like to be cheek to cheek

Pansy and Lilly like to be cheek to cheek

Keriana and Fiona

Keriana and Fiona

Florian decided to snuggle up with mommy Iris

Florian decided to snuggle up with mommy Iris

Keriana  with Fiona

Keriana with Fiona

Keriana relaxing exactly like her mother Frieda

Keriana relaxing exactly like her mother Frieda. Frieda was our only goat that loved to relax like this with  one leg tucked and the other out.

Ivy and her daughter Surprise

Ivy and her daughter Surprise

It is always a pleasure to just sit and watch my goats while they are playing, running or resting. They are a real delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Nanna


Nanna, one of our Pygmy does, is a very special lady. She is kind, gentle and at times quite mischievous. This little lady has given us a beautiful little buckling, Toby, who has grown into a handsome buck. She was such a good mother to her baby. As a member of our herd, she greets everyone and is easy-going in the enclosure.

This little lady has found a special place in my heart for all the reasons above.

Here is the kind and gentle side of Nanna:

Nanna and Petunia

Nanna and Petunia

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Nanna admiring Fiona's collar

Like all ladies, Nanna admiring Ivy’s collar. Nanna had been admiring her collar for some time, so we got her one  so she wouldn’t feel left out

Nanna and Florian have formed a freindship

Nanna and our little buckling Florian, have formed a friendship


Day 2 In The New Enclosure And See What The Girls Are Up To


The boys were once again led into the enclosure and straight on through the gate to the new enclosure . Once there, every little buck got down to the serious business of eating yummy grass:

I walked out to see how they were doing and a few boys looked up and walked toward me

I walked out to see how they were doing and a few boys looked up and walked toward me

Toby was comfortable now in the new enclosure

Toby is comfortable now in the new enclosure

Balder enjoying the fresh new grass

Balder enjoying the fresh new grass

Pip loves the grass

Winston loves the grass

The boys found their way out to the farthest corner of the new enclosure

The boys found their way out to the farthest corner of the new enclosure

The boys make their way through the gate to the other side

The boys make their way through the gate to the other side. I couldn’t understand what the move was all about, then I saw it. They all went to the cool water buckets and returned to the new enclosure

Max and Toby when he was a buckling were best pals

Max and Toby when he was a buckling were best pals

The girls really enjoy morning and the morning sunshine:

The girls followed me out toward the back fence to watch the boys

The girls followed me out toward the back fence to watch the boys

Goats know when they need a to add more minerals to their diets, so they eat dirt

Goats know when they need a to add more minerals to their diets, so they eat dirt. So all the ladies found some dirt and nibbled some

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Huckleberry with Rose. I know they look related, but they are not. Huckleberry is Poppy’s son. Rose is Pumpkin’s 3 yr. old daughter

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Rose

Huckleberry

Huckleberry

Florian

Florian

Florian

Florian

Florian has calmed down  since his castration

Florian has calmed down since his castration

Lilly and mom Pansy

Lilly and mom Pansy

Little Blossom playing with Surprise

Little Blossom playing with Surprise

Blossom

Blossom

Alika takes a roll in the grass

Alika takes a roll in the grass

Alika sits up for a bit before standing up

Alika sits up for a bit before standing up

Keriana and her daughter fiona get their  added minerals from the dirt

Keriana and her daughter Fiona get their added minerals from the dirt

Everyone  enjoys a beautiful day . today is a really beautiful day at Gullringstorp!