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.
As cold as it was last night, the sun was even warmer in the early morning hours. The sun melted enough of the snow in the goat’s enclosure that they were able to go out!
Oh happy day!!!!
My husband took the lead with Pumpkin so I could take up the rear and collect any curious goats wandering the wrong direction
Look at the driveway, no snow! Oh dear two playful little girls on the right.
They were more orderly than I had expected
A quick count and they are all in!
Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become
Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun
Poppy and Iris in the rear
Rose, Pumpkin and Poppy my beautiful Black and White goats
Iris, Pansy, Poppy, Hilda and Peanut in the back
Petunia, Rose and Pumpkin
After the initial excitement of being out calms down, the goats will break up into little groups. They will be paired off mother and daughter or box partners. Here we have Pumpkin with her daughter Rose right behind her and Hilda with her daughter Peanut
Peanut and Hilda
Ivy and her daughter Surprise
Ivy, Nanna and baby Surprise
Poppy, Pansy with Hilda and Peanut
Pumpkin and Petunia
Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle
The all important stare down
Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two
Pansy and Poppy
Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump and cute little teats showing
Peanut showing some baby bump
Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose
Pansy calling for her sister Poppy
My little goat clump
Pumpkin just enjoying the day
My little goat clump
As the goats enjoyed their day out after so long in the stables, we released the chickens :
Eugene is happy and did a lot of crowing to let everyone know it!
All our hens came out to explore
It was a lovely day for everyone, goats, hens and us! Spring is trying so very hard to make an appearance here at Gullringstorp.
Our autumn is really beautiful and colorful, but much too much rain for my liking and that of my goats. Some goats don’t mind the rain , I was not so lucky, maybe just one or two of my goats don’t mind the rain. When this happens, especially for more than a couple of days, we must step in and assist our “house-bound” goats.
As long as Mother Nature delivers us rain, day after day, then there will be BRANCHES…
Our boys got their branches first and my how they enjoyed them
Our little Flynn, just over 2 yrs old and a wether has been moved with Nanna . the other bucks thought he was a girl and you can imagine it hasn’t been so pleasant for him.
Alika enjoying her branch. We have to be imaginative in how we place the branches. they can not be just placed on the floor of the boxes. By nature, goats are browsers, so they need to stretch their necks upward to enjoy the leaves
Alika’s box pals, Keriana and her daughter Fiona enjoy their branches
- In the dim light of their box, Pumpkin and her daughter Rose enjoy their branches
Our little Rosie who is looking more and more like her mother , stands in the dimly lit box with her branches
Our tiny ladies, our Pygmy ladies enjoyed their branches. Here are two, Ivy and Petunia.
Ivy is too tiny to stretch her little neck upwards so she must get on the table
Ivy’s daughter tiny Surprise is there on the left
Here you can se all our tiny ladies with their branches
Our tiny ladies
Petunia is up with her branches (Oops, she’s a bit blurry)
Iris enjoys her branches
Our little Baby Boy has grown so big and is so full of fur and so stocky, I now call him Bear or Björn
We have many evergreen trees at Gullringstorp, so these branches really make the stable smell like Christmas, a bit early, but very nice.
As you can see not only are all the leaves stripped but now so is the bark
With the grounds, intermittent rain and the goats can not go out into the enclosure. Here they enjoy a big branch between showers in the back play yard
Here two little families, enjoy the big branch. Hilda and her two sons, Winston and Phillip, Keriana with her daughter Fiona.
Hilda and one of her sons, winston enjoy that branch outside in the dampness
Fiona and Phillip enjoy the branch
Winston and Phillip got the branch to themselves while the others ran and played inside
Sweet little Winston, on his own. Independent little fellow…
Indoor Activities allow the little ones to integrate into the herd as a whole. Here Winston meets one of the big scary adults
Hilda and Alika spend some time together
The hens are allowed into the goat’s play area to enjoy the grass and branch
One of our hens enjoying the branch
- Fiona doesn’t mind sharing with the hens
No one seems to mind the hens
Hilda keeps a close eye on that hen
Goats and hens, oh my ……
Nanna take a trip into the hen’ s yard and on the way out, the entrance frame looks appealing
Winston likes, his hens
Eugene, our Brahma rooster decided to come and check out that branch. He seems to be in a hurry…
Well it wasn’t the branch he was after, it was the lovely patch of dirt exposed as his ladies scratched the grass away. Maybe they found some tiny worms.
Peanut discovers the hens and the hen yard
Welcome back for our Indoor Activities for rainy days! I feel like a cruise activity director, hee hee…
We have had lots of rain lately so our goats are not really going out. I have heard of people who had goats that enjoyed or didn’t mind the rain, but not Gullringstorp goats. They really hate the rain, so we have indoor activities instead.
Our chickens, on the other hand seem to love the rain. Our Brahma chickens really like the rain and stay out till they are soaking wet. I always worry that they may get sick or something, but I think chickens can take it. No one has gotten sick yet and they really do get soaked.
Here are chickens, goats and a dog:
Max in his warm rain gear
Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck
Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard
Hilda and her boys
The wind blows the chicken’s feathers as they enjoy the wet grass
One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies
Eugene checking on his other lady, Henny Penny
Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens
Our Brahma chickens love the wind and wet grass
Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about
Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor
Little Winston meets Nanna
Our little Nanna
Fiona plays with Phillip
Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall
Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston
Poppy and Pansy with little Winston
Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers
Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard
One of our lovely hens
Fiona in the chicken yard
Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.
My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard
Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard. He grew this for me while I was in NY. I have always wanted to see him in a beard. I love it!
Welcome back for more activities at Gullringstorp !
I’m still trying to play catch up from my time away from posting. Here are some updates of two of our four new babies:
Max and Toby quickly became best buddies!
Toby is so curious
Max waits patiently for his buddy to play some more
Toby and mommy Nanna
Our naughty little Nanna is now a full-fledged mother!
Nanna and Toby enjoy their play yard
Nanna enjoys her hay outside
Mother and son enjoying hay
Look at Toby’s cute tiny pink nose !
Toby eats what ever mommy drops on the tray
Toby found another way to enjoy grain with mommy
A kiss for mommy
Keriana’s little Fiona:
What a sweet face Fiona has
Sweet little Fiona
Looks like snack time…
Keriana who is Frida’s daughter stands with her very own tiny daughter, Fiona
Little Fiona has fun on the milk stand with mommy
Keriana and Fiona explore the new play yard in the back of the stable
There’s nothing prettier than a new baby in the sunshine
Snack time, again…
Keriana meets the hens for the first time!
Keriana’s curiosity about the hens is short-lived, but not for the hens
Fiona enjoys the play yard
Fiona has fun in the hay basket
Looks like Little Fiona is talking to the hens
Hej Fiona !
Mother and daughter
Fiona has cute little black stockings !
Fiona playing with a block of wood
Gullringstorp herd update:
We have had touchy weather with showers throughout the days lately, but our herd has been out in the enclosure. Seems like they forget everything when they are out and about, running, playing, eating grass and relaxing in the sun.
The only problem I have is when the weather is too bad for the goats to go out and I let them out in the corridor of the stable. this is when Pansy and Poppy really miss their mommy Frida. They seem to go on a search from box to box for Frida. It really is so sad to witness this. I try to keep them occupied with goodies or something else to keep their mind off the loss of their mother. Everything I do works , only on a temporary basis. I do sit with them everyday and give them extra love and even some fresh strawberries from our garden. They do seem to appreciate the extra attention.
We are all healing, slowly…