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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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Phillip Gets a New Mommy and Daddy


Good morning from Gullringstorp !It’s 5 mins before the buyers come by to pick up Phillip. I’m not happy at all. This is necessary but I’m still not happy. There’s a knot in my stomach and a tear waiting to fall. I made a Phillip Baby Book for them so they can see him from his first day.I sure hope they are nice people.

I knew all along I had too many bucks, I have 7 and many were born here at Gullringstorp. They have grown up and with the weather as it’s been , they can’t                                           always be outside. Boys will be boys and they wrestle a lot. I feel its not safe for them to be confined during the rainy days. We of course expected snow to confine them but now it’s rain. I will keep his two brothers, but I am so sad today. I can read people within seconds and I’m rarely wrong. If I’m not comfortable, he stays put.
They have arrived and they seem like really nice animal people.
I stood outside of our stable watchng the road that would bring the people who wanted to buy our Phillip

I stood outside of our stable watching the road that would bring the people who wanted to buy our Phillip

We introduced our selves and at this moment I could not tell you their names. My thoughts were only on Phillip as they spoke.

We introduced our selves and at this moment I could not tell you their names. My thoughts were only on Phillip as they spoke. Once inside, they met all our goats and learned a bit about each one.

Phillip's new mommy and daddy

Phillip’s new mommy and daddy. See, don’t they look nice?

I took Phillip out and they let him take his time coming to them

I took Phillip out and they let him take his time coming to them

His new mommy came down to meet Phillip. I stayed close for reassurance, but I eventually pulled back to allow him to bond with his new parents.

His new mommy came down to meet Phillip. I stayed close for reassurance, but I eventually pulled back to allow him to bond with his new parents.

Both of his new parents wanted to meet and introduce themselves to Phillip.

Both of his new parents wanted to meet and introduce themselves to Phillip.

I spoke about what he is used to. I made sure they understood that as an adult buck he can no longer have grain and that he needs to  have hay. The spoke about ensilage but I let them know it was not good for goats and that he could die from bloat, too much gas in the stomach. Larger animals like horses and cows can eat ensilage with no problems, but goats are a bit different.

The boy's were a bit confussed when Phillip left the box, without them. His brothers Winston and Little Man were wondering what was happening.

The boys were a bit confused when Phillip left the box, without them. His brothers Winston and Little Man were wondering what was happening.

Time for Phillip to leave us. He was reluctant to walk with his new mommy but I came close for extra reassurance. I backed away after a bit so that he could feel comfortable with his new mommy

Time for Phillip to leave us. He was reluctant to walk with his new mommy but I came close for extra reassurance. I backed away  so that he could feel comfortable with his new mommy

 

Phillip wouldn't move for a bit. He was looking back at the stable and talking with the boys inside

Phillip wouldn’t move for a bit. He was looking back at the stable and talking with the boys inside. His new mommy was very caring and understanding.

See how far away I stood?

See how far away I stood?

 

She was very patient with Phillip as he kept glancing toward the stable door. She waited and let him walk when he was ready

His new mommy was very patient with Phillip as he kept glancing toward the stable door. She waited and let him walk when he was ready

Well I had held up fairly well until I watched Phillip’s new daddy place the hay in the truck. I just had to walk away as the tears began to fall.

Phillip's new parents had prepared a nice bed of straw for his ride to his new home, in the back of their truck

Phillip’s new parents had prepared a nice bed of straw for his ride to his new home, in the back of their truck

I filled a basket of hay for Phillip's trip to his new home

I filled a basket of hay for Phillip’s trip to his new home

I could see that Philip was very comfortable in the truck just before the lid was closed.

I could see that Philip was very comfortable in the truck just before the lid was closed.

I am still sad that our Phillip has left us , but I am so happy that Phillip’s new parents will love him. they have lots of animals: 2 does, a mini pig, cats, a dog and hens. Now they have a buck.

I hope that Phillip doesn’t have a hard time settling in to his new environment. I hope he settles in real fast. I hope he doesn’t miss his pals too much. It will be all new for him but I am sure he will be happy and cared for with love.

Goodbye my sweet little Phillip!

 


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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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

 

 

Our girls are all happy with the new playhouse and we are happy to have it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Florian Follow -Up


I am so happy to report that our little buckling Florian has been through the worst and all the discomfort associated with his procedure.  He is now under the watchful, loving eye of his mother Iris. Iris who was my wild child, always needing to be first and get all the treats, has settled down considerably when she became a mother and a fine one at that. Florian is in the best hands possible with his loving mother.

He is sleeping well, and has a wonderful appetite. He no longer sleeps with the bucks in their box, he is back with his mother Iris and sister Blossom. In addition, he is able to enjoy his days now in the ladies enclosure. There he can play and still be a little boy with Huckleberry, with no fear of unwanted or unplanned pregnancies among our does or doelings.

He has been welcomed into the enclosure by each doe and has been accepted as a part of their herd within a herd. Prior to our goats being released into the enclosure, we must prepare. Water buckets are cleaned everyday, the grounds are checked for any dangerous items that may have gotten into the enclosure and hay for both the boys and girls is brought out from the stable. Every now and again, there are repairs that need tending to. Leif takes care of them, as a rule.

This is how we transport hay outside to the enclosure. We have a huge bale that we need to pull the hay off so it is loose in the wheelbarrel. Max loves to help and rides the hay pile , everyday.

This is how we transport hay outside to the enclosure. We have a huge bale that we need to pull the hay off so it is loose in the wheel barrel. Max loves to help, keep me company  and rides the hay pile , everyday.

Hej Max!

Hej Max!

 

Leif repairs a favorite structure of the goats. they love to jump up and play on it. Some of our goats are quite stout and heavy, so every now and again it needs to be stabilized

Leif repairs a favorite structure of the goats. they love to jump up and play on it. Some of our goats are quite stout and heavy, so every now and again it needs to be stabilized

 

Florian looking very confident as he goes into the enclosure

Florian looking very confident as walks the enclosure

Florian is very much a part of this little herd with in a herd, the Pygmy goats

Florian is very much a part of this little herd with in a herd, the Pygmy goats

here Florian is greeted by Nanna and Rose

Here Florian is greeted by Nanna and Rose

Here you see a natural and normal greeting between goats. Nanna greets Florian

Here you see a natural and normal greeting between goats. Nanna greets Florian

Florian's acceptance into the ladies enclosure is on a very different level, now that he is castrated. He no longer presents a problem by sniffing and mounting. Now he is greeted as a welcomed member of tis ladies herd at large

Florian’s acceptance into the ladies enclosure is on a very different level, now that he is castrated. He no longer presents a problem by sniffing and mounting the ladies.. Now he is greeted as a welcomed member of tis ladies herd at large, which is new to him, that’s why his hair on his back is standing up. it’s a sign of being on guard.

Fun eating hay from the sink in the shelter

Fun eating hay from the sink in the shelter

What a silly little buckling

What a silly little buckling !

Florian being greeted by ivy , one of our Pygmy does

Florian being greeted by Ivy , one of our Pygmy does

Florian gets a much more enthusiastic greeting from Pumpkin. I also think she is setting boundies for Florian because of her two new daughters, Willow and Violet.

Florian gets a much more enthusiastic greeting from Pumpkin. I also think she is setting boundries for Florian because of her two new daughters, Willow and Violet.

 

Little Florian spends hes days now with Mommy and returns with her to their box in the evening, for dinner. For the next 5 days, he will receive a penicillin injection.  He took last night’s injection well. I decided that he would be too active in the morning and like any child would not be still for me. So when he comes inside at night, not only is he worn out from all the fun of the day, but he is  hungry and pays no attention to me or what I am doing.

Well as you can see,  I had real difficulty keeping my promise to sell our next bucklings. I did try with Florian but it was a no go. He will remain with us here at Gullringstorp and grow happily in the home of his birth, Gullringstorp.


What’s Happening with Our Little Bucks at Gullringstorp


When we started out with our goats, we decided not to have bucks of our own. This was because of all that I have read and all that I had heard. Bucks were dangerous, bucks were stinky and bucks were unpredictable.

We went for a long time hiring a Rent-A-Buck to come by Gullringstorp for our ladies. We were lucky to get a beautiful buck named Emil who fathered some of our most beautiful babies. You can read about Emil on another post “Our Rent-A-Buck” .

Then it happened, Hilda, our most gentle of all our goats gave birth to a doeling and a little buckling. Knowing how the temperament of the mother is passed on to her babies, we knew that this would be a wonderful and gentle buck when he grew up. We were right.  Then we realized that since we also had tiny Pygmy does, we needed some tiny Pygmy bucklings for them. We purchased 3 tiny bucklings from the same farm we bought the doelings. With these little boys , we gave them all the love and attention we could so that they would be manageable.

Two years later, Nanna one of our Pygmy does, gave birth to Toby and I just couldn’t bring myself to sell him. Alika and Hilda two of our Nigerian Dwarf goats  gave birth to 3 beautiful little bucklings, Pip, Winston and Phillip. Needless to say, they all have remained here with us and near their mothers, at Gullringstorp.

We have 7 bucks now in the boy’s quarter. With all the love and hands on, hand feeding every day, we have 7 beautiful,  tamed bucklings. They are all collar and leash trained, should we need them to be led on a leash.

Although they are all tamed and kind, they are not without challenges: One challenge has been the way they have their hay in the box. We had one hay rack That was already in place from when horses used to live here. That hay rack was modified for our goats. Then we saw that we needed more hay holders of some kind. We tried horse hay bags. Well let me tell you, I know horses weigh a lot more than our little boys, but our little boys can really do some damage. they used their horns to systematically destroy the bags. That wasn’t working with the bucks , but did work with the does and doelings. We found an ad for hay racks at a great price, when purchased in volume. so we bought 5 of the.

Our bucks got 2 of the new racks. We thought our hay storage was solved. well it really wasn’t. We had two little bucks who thought it was fun to leap from the cable drum and lad right in the middle of the hay rack. Not a good idea; no place for accidental poopies or pee pee. We tried to move the cable drum so they couldn’t reach the hay racks. We did that, then , one day saw something that I had never imagined. Our little buck Winston, no bigger than a Cocker Spaniel actually leaped up into the hay rack from the ground!!

Winston in the hay rack

Winston in the hay rack

Then I got an idea. Not just out of the blue, mind you. Lids!! Lids are not unusual here at Gullringstorp. I our tiny Pygmy girl’s box, we had the same problem. We had a tiny doe who kept leaping into the hay rack. Solution,  a lid. Pygmy goats love to climb so all the girls have had a chance up on the lid, now a fun shelf.

So lids it was:

Leif hand cut the lids to fit. the racks were modified to keep our goats safe.

Leif hand cut the lids to fit. the racks were modified to keep our goats safe.

This was the second rack also modified so that little heads don't get stuck

This was the second rack also modified so that little heads don’t get stuck

Our bucks were shocked at first to see the lids and were a bit confused. Then they found the perfect use for the lids; sharpen their horns , of course!

 

As our little bucks have enjoyed their enclosure, it became obvious that they were now in need of more grazing. It was time to extend their space.

Leif preparing by getting new poles to put out for the enclosure extension

Leif preparing by getting new poles to put out for the enclosure extension

The new  poles are just waiting to be put in the ground

The new poles are just waiting to be put in the ground

The new extension has been completed. You can see where the old grass ends and the new begins

The new extension has been completed. You can see where the old grass ends and the new begins

The boys are happy with the entended area and new grass supply

The boys are happy with the extended area and new grass supply

The boys like to relax on warm days:

The boys relax in the coolness of the shelter

The boys relax in the coolness of the shelter

Little Man

Little Man

Pip

Pip

 

 

The outdoor hay rack is also a cool place to rest on a warm day

The outdoor hay rack is also a cool place to rest on a warm day

 

Well with new covered hay racks and  extended enclosure, our boys are more than happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Updates From the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp 2013


With a bit of disappointment I must report that our little Iris did not have her babies last night. It just goes to show you, no matter how you may want babies to be born, they will always come when they are ready .

We checked Iris several times last night and again this morning. I can say that she is due quite soon, just when, only Mother Nature knows for certain.

We had yet another lovely Spring day and all our goats were out till nearly 8 pm this evening.

Here are our mothers-to-be :

Iris

There's that beautiful Baby Bump

There’s that beautiful Baby Bump

Iris enjoying some hay with her sister

Iris enjoying some hay with her sister

Smile for the camera Iris !

Smile for the camera Iris !

That tummy can't get any rounder

That tummy can’t get any rounder

Another view of our Iris and her Baby Bump

Another view of our Iris and her Baby Bump

Iris is so big , she seems a bit  uncomfortable

Iris is so big, she seems a bit uncomfortable

Pumpkin

This is Pumpkins second pregnancy at Gullringstorp and she like to lay down a lot inside or out

This is Pumpkins second pregnancy at Gullringstorp and she like to lay down a lot inside or out

Pumpkin resting but keeping a close eye on her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin resting but keeping a close eye on her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin having a hay snack with Rose

Pumpkin having a hay snack with Rose

Peanut

Peanut, our mystery mother-to-be-maybe. She has been bred but  came into heat at least once, so we are not  completely sure she is pregnant

Peanut, our mystery mother-to-be-maybe. She has been bred but came into heat at least once, so we are not completely sure she is pregnant

Pansy

Pansy is very much like her mother Frida and not showing very much

Pansy is very much like her mother Frida and not showing very much

Poppy

Poppy,, Pansy's sister enjoying some hay

Poppy, Pansy’s sister enjoying some hay

Here are four of our five mothers-to-be :

Poppy, Iris, Pansy and Pumpkin

Poppy, Iris, Pansy and Pumpkin with her daughter Rose. Peanut is not in this photo

I will keep you updated with post from the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp and share all the news.

Sorry no babies yet, but, they are coming!!


Let’s Check in on Winston & Phillip


As the days and weeks go by, I have tried my very best to “cut the cord”. Hilda had no trouble doing it,  but I have had a really difficult time letting go of my babies. Well I have really bitten the bullet and have let Winston & Phillip integrate into the boy’s box and their club. They are really doing a marvelous job. I have resisted treating them like babies because they are my little men now. They have gone through the cry baby stage as they cried for their mommy Hilda. They have gotten through the “no more grain” stage and are not needing it anymore. They have been through the bullying stage and have  been fully accepted by the other bucks and are now one of their little gang.

I am so happy that the bullying stage is over because that was the hardest for me to watch and hear everyday. Now they know where to eat, and where to run when one of the older bucks gets amorous. It’s a bucky thing they do. They get “in the mood” and the smaller bucklings become targets. No one gets hurt, it’s more of an annoyance, I think.

Here are my little men, Winston & Phillip:

This was what I saw this morning

This was what I saw this morning, so relaxed together

The boys are being supervised by their older brother Little Man, Hilda's first son born at Gullringstorp

The boys are being supervised by their older brother Little Man, Hilda’s first son born at Gullringstorp

Winston & Phillip were still relaxing when the boys attached my hay I had just sat down to fill the hay rack and hay bags.

Winston & Phillip were still relaxing when the boys attached my hay I had just sat down to fill the hay rack and hay bags. Here we have from the left: Baby Boy, Balder, Pip, Toby and Little Man

 

 

 


Just a Quiet Sunday at Gullringstorp


It’s cold outside but it’s nice and warm and cozy in the stable. This is what I was met with when we went in this morning:

Sleepy little fellas resting together

Sleepy little fellas resting together. These are my youngest little bucks: Toby with the “hairdo”, Winston and his brother Phillip and little Pip, Alika’s son

Don't they look comfy?

Don’t they look comfy? It’s hard to believe that the buck with the large horns to the right is Baby Boy. Do you remember when he arrived at Gullringstorp?  He was just a round ball of fur.

I really love to see my goats relaxed, happy and comfortable under our care

I really love to see my goats relaxed, happy and comfortable under our care

Keriana relaxing with her daughter Fiona

Keriana relaxing with her daughter Fiona

Alika is also comfy and is doing very well since her son Pip moved in with the other bucks

Alika is also comfy and is doing very well since her son Pip moved in with the other bucks

Our oldest buck is full grown but as you can ssee is small. This is Balder, a Pygmy buck. He is a lovely little guy!

Our oldest buck is full-grown,  but as you can see he is small. This is Balder, a Pygmy buck. He is a lovely little guy!

I always love when we get our oat delivery. It just looks so pretty filling up one side of this beautiful old horse grain wooden box.

I always love when we get our oat delivery. It just looks so pretty filling up one side of this beautiful old horse grain wooden box.

This sturdy old horse grain box was at the other end of our stable but was moved to the "feed" room. One side for the oats and the other for the meusli

This sturdy old horse grain box was at the other end of our stable but was moved to the “feed” room. One side for the oats and the other for the muesli 

We also have a hay delivery. Leif has a trailer that fits 20 bales of hay. A really nice sight for this country gal...

We also have a hay delivery. Leif has a trailer that fits 20 bales of hay. A really nice sight for this country gal…

This was once a beautiful huge round bal of straw. It's ok to look like this, as long as my goats get straw on a daily basis. We have an entire enclosure outside full of neat little straw bales, under a tarp to stay dry through snow and rain.

This was once a beautiful huge round bale of straw. It’s ok to look like this, as long as my goats get straw on a daily basis. We have an entire enclosure outside full of neat little square straw bales, under a tarp to stay dry through snow and rain.

Everyone gets a portionn of straw. Hilda lies to "swim" in her straw before she eats and makes a bed to sleep in and eat. Thjere is a real challenge in placing the straw in different places for boxes with more than 1 goat. You have to really plann it out or there will be squabbles.  I like peaceful boxes so I plan ahead where I place tiny pilkes of straw, for each little mouth. Here are our tiniest ladies, Ivy and her daughter Surprise, Iris and Petunia.

Everyone gets a portion of straw. Hilda lies to “swim” in her straw before she eats and makes a bed to sleep in and eat. There is a real challenge in placing the straw in different places for boxes with more than 1 goat. You have to really plan it out or there will be squabbles. I like peaceful boxes so I plan ahead where I place tiny piles of straw, for each little mouth. Here are our tiniest ladies, Ivy and her daughter Surprise, Iris and Petunia enjoy their straw.

It's not so easy with my little boys. So I solve the problem by placing the straw on their table top and they each get some. They can be well behaved for 5 minutes then someone ends up on the table right in the middle of the straw. Oh well. You just have to choose your battles, even when it comes to goats.

It’s not so easy with my little boys. So I solve the problem by placing the straw on their table top and they each get some. They can be well behaved for 5 minutes then someone ends up on the table right in the middle of the straw. Oh well. You just have to choose your battles, even when it comes to goats. Oh, yes, we put up a second hay bag in the boy’s box. Now they have 2 hay bags and a new and improved hay rack.

 

We are expecting more snow here at Gullringstorp. Burrrr……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Winter Has Arrived at Gullringstorp


We are now in the beginning of a real winter. We have had nothing but rain all Autumn long with mild temperatures. December has been rung in with not only low temperatures -14c but SNOW!
I love Gullringstorp in Spring and Summer but Gullringstorp really shines during the Winter!

This snow has caught us all a bit off guard. Like everyone in the countryside, we are now scrambling to get everything done that needs to be done before being buried in snow.

We have stocked up on hay and straw supplies in the stable, Leif has weather lined the stable doors that needed it and covered our pond the has many koi. Of course all the shovels have been activated and the chains have been placed on the tractor which is needed for moving large quantities of snow around Gullringstorp.

Max has worn last year’s winter suit and I realized that little Max, like all of us has put on a few pounds, so I have been in the market for a new winter suit for him. My husband laughs when Max gets “dressed” to go out but, he is not a big dog and he does get cold. Not now, because he has a new warm winter suit!

Gullringstorp in the winter

Gullringstorp in the winter

My chubby little Max, stuffed into last year's winter suit

My chubby little Max, stuffed into last year’s winter suit

 

A view of the back area from the bedroom window

A view of the back area from the bedroom window

rees in the front of the house

Snow covered trees in the front of the house

 

Snow looks like whipped cream

Snow looks like whipped cream

In the back of the house where the tractor is housed

In the back of the house where the tractor is kept

snow

Snow

pretty snow

Pretty snow

It is important to get all the supplies need for the goats, they need fresh hay and straw especially during winter. Any hay or straw that fall to the box floor, is added cushion and warmth during the cold winter months. Our goats, like all goats love to ear hay and straw and some of it will and always does hit the floor. We don’t mind.

We have this huge bale of straw inside and 42 smaller bales in a storage outside

We have this huge beautiful bale of straw inside and 42 smaller bales in a storage outside

 

Just look at that beautiful hay...

Just look at that beautiful hay…

More snow

More snow

 

Time to cover the pond

Time to cover the pond

This is the tarp which covers the layer of styrafoam

This is the tarp which covers the layer of styrofoam

Leif is busy placing the styrafoam in its proper place

Leif is busy placing the styrofoam in its proper place

Preparing the pond

Preparing the pond

The pond is getting all the attention it requires in wintertime

Max in his new winter suit

Max in his new winter suit

Cute little warm Max

Cute little warm Max

 

And off he  goes... in his warm suit

And off he goes… in his warm suit

 

 

 

 

 

Soon Gullringstorp will be beautiful in the snow and Christmas lights

Soon Gullringstorp will be beautiful in the snow and Christmas lights

 

I hope your winter is beautiful on your eyes and heart…