This is a typical Spring weekend here at Gullringstorp. We have the goats and chickens to care for and the property. There are the usual chores on a farm property. Things need mending, fixing and just plain tending to.
The cats and fish that are in the house get fed first thing. Then off to the stable with my bucket of chopped veggies and fruit and molasses water for the mothers. Max always joins me and Leif follows later. I make a quick check on the new mothers and their new babies and when all is fine, I say hello to all the others on the other side of the stable. Max and I fill a wheelbarrow full with hay to take out to prepare the enclosure for everyone who goes out. The boys were so happy to go out as were the other ladies and girls.
We have with the help of Leif and my daughter, finally got names for all the new babies, even the little boy who will be sold.
Iris’ daughter is Blossom and her son who will be sold to a good home is Florian
Pansy’s daughter is Lilly
Poppy’s son is Huckleberry
Pumpkin’s daughters are, Willow and Violet
Peanut is still a mystery, no babies and no heats for the past 5 months! Hummmmmm
Once everyone is out and happy, I returned to the stable to tend to the new mommies and babies.
Iris and her babies :
Pansy and Lilly:
Pumpkin and her daughters, Willow and Violet :
After I take care of Iris and her children, I work on the other 3 families, starting with Pansy. Then I took care of the box of Poppy and her baby boy. I took all that was needed into Poppy’s box to be able to take care of both boxes. It’s just easier for me.
After the mothers and babies have been taken care of, I went to check on the other goats in the enclosure. They had run themselves out and all resting:
I was a bit worried about some of the ladies out in the enclosure:
Petunia, Surprise and Ivy have never been separated from Iris. They are doing fine as long as they can hold conversations with her from the stable.
Rose is such a mamma’s baby that she never likes to be without Pumpkin. She is doing better than I though, finding a little group to attach herself to in the enclosure. She will stand and eat hay with Peanut and her mother Hilda.
Leif has been busy with our firewood supply. this weekend he has been cleaving the logs he cut earlier. I think I posted earlier that he was cleaving the wood, mistake, he was chopping.This weekend he cleaved the logs with his new machine:
Looking at all those beautiful logs, I got an idea; why not bring ion some logs for the babies to play on. Poor Leif, I never run out of ideas and ways for him to help. But he was kind and asked me to pick out the logs I wanted from the big pile. When I found the 3 perfect ones he brought them into the stable and placed them where they belonged. He thought he should cleave them in half so they would have a flat bottom to sit stable in the boxes. When I said no , they are fine as they are he was not so sure. I was.
Leif had concerns about these logs, he didn’t think they would be appreciated. Well, just look at Huckleberry:
I hope you had sunshine for this this Spring weekend and you were able to be out enjoying it!
I am so very happy to report that all the babies and new mommies are doing well here at Gullringstorp!
Iris’ little ones are so cute and bouncy and so curious. They eat well, plenty of mommy’s milk and starting to nibble on the hay. They watch mommy and try to do as she does. Iris is a surprise to us both; this wild child has become a wonderful first time mother . I am so proud of her.
Poppy is a wonderful mother as was her own mother, Frida. She is all about her little son and always keeps him under her chin as she rests and he naps. She is constantly chatting to him and licking him all over, even while he sleeps. I am so pleased to see her as great a first time mother as Frida. She had an excellent teacher. Both Poppy and her sister Pansy miss their mother so much, it is evident in their eyes since they lost her. I am so glad they will have their new babies to keep them occupied and happier than I could ever have made them. We are still waiting for Pansy to deliver. Soon we hope.
Pumpkin is doing as well as always with her two daughters. She is a joy to watch as she tends to each little girl with lots of love and conversation. The girls are flourishing in her loving care. Even our little one with the foot issue. She is bouncing around her space and jumping everywhere. We appear to have two healthy little babies and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that the little foot will be the only issue we and Pumpkin have to face.
As with all the new mothers, we have had to place up fences or barriers to keep the other goats away while they bond with their new babies. Pumpkin was no different. As much as Pumpkin loves her adult daughter Rose, she is a new mother and as such is very protective. There was need to take risks that Rose might hurt the babies or Pumpkin become angry with her daughter Rose. I hated to ask Leif after many hours spent cleaning out the boy’s box and stable of old straw, to help and put up a barrier in Pumpkin’s box before we brought the goats in for the evening. He wasn’t happy, I know because he was tired, but we had no choice. It would make Pumpkin feel safe with her babies but it would not be fun for Rose and it wasn’t when she was brought in. She will get used to it. She has already broken down the door area so she can see her mommy. I just think that she gets instructions from Pumpkin to stay put on her side of the fence. So far, so good. She will soon become used to it and won’t be so upset as long as she can see Pumpkin and talk with her.
Leif has been busy with other things as well here at Gullringstorp. We are always fixing and repairing after the winter and oddly enough we are preparing now for the next winter. We have a furnace in the basement where a lot of firewood is brought in from the outdoor storage and burned to heat the entire house including the water:
I hope you have enjoyed some of the updates from Gullringstorp.
Everyone here is still adjusting to the absence of our beloved Frida. Poppy and Pansy, her yearling daughters are becoming used to the fact that mommy is nowhere to found. They join the others in the enclosure and seem to enjoy the days outside, as a distraction to their loss. Once back in the stable at night , however, it’s a different story. Their faces actually tell the entire story. There is a sadness that I never want to see in my goats eyes. I spend special time with them in their box with hugs and kisses. They stand and place their heads in my lap or against my breasts. They need and appreciate the special times even more now that Frida is not there to give it to them.
Pumpkin is a bit confused. She has been pushing for the “head of herd” position, but seems reluctant to take over the roll now that it’s open. She spends her evenings looking over the boards into Frida’s box. I am sure she misses her as we all do.
In the meanwhile while the healing throughout the stable continues, there are some who are blissfully unaware of the prevailing sadness.
While the mothers find their way to the milk stand, so do the new babies:
We are trying to enjoy a warm summer here at Gullringstorp, but with temperatures dropping to 12c during the days and 7-8c during the nights, it’s not so easy. We all really take advantage of the pretty warm days , especially when there is no wind or rain. Goats traditionally don’t like rain and act like they are little sugar cubes that could melt in the rain! They all cry to come back inside even though they have all have a great outdoor shelter in the enclosure to protect from the elements
Although summer is here, we have to always look to the future. Our winter is just a few months away and we need to be prepared. Our home is heated by burning wood in our furnace in the basement. We get wood deliveries in the spring and sometimes my husband gets other wood to prepare for the winter.
Getting ready for the winter:
That’s a lot wood isn’t it? We have about the same amount in the basement in the wood room.
Thanks to my husband, we will have hot water and heat in our home throughout the coming winter.
When my husband isn’t busy around the property making fences and repairing things or chopping wood, he enjoys one of his passions, race cars. These are the cars he has driven; Ferrari 430 Scuderia and Lamborghini Gallardo on a tour. He really had a wonderful time.