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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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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


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!


A Love Connection at Gullringstorp


It has been about 3 years since my daughter’s cats came to live with us here in Sweden. We have Juliet a beautiful Black and White and tiny Pumpkin  a Tabby who at 14 years old, and looks exactly the way she looked when I discovered her at the shelter, so many years ago.

It has taken Juliet and Pumpkin some time to settle into the routine here at Gullringstorp. Not only did they have the size of Gullringstorp to get accustomed to, but other animals here in the house as well. They both remembered Little Lady from when they used to live with me years before, so that was no problem. They had two new cats to get to know  and like or dislike. After a couple of years, they are coexisting just fine. There are a few flare ups every now and again, but that’s to be expected, especially when you have 3 ladies. The biggest adjustment was not the cats or all the stairs and rooms to get lost in or even the diet of fresh fish; it was Max our dog. Juliet had never lived with a dog in her life and Pumpkin had  but so many years ago. Juliet took time to get used to our gregarious Brussels Griffon, which is quite normal. What is not normal is the way Pumpkin our 14-year-old took immediately to Max. It was as if they had been separated at birth. There was an immediate connection and they are now best buddies  and have fallen  in love.

Here are the two buddies or should I say love birds relaxing in the kitchen:

 

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Toby, Before and After Photos


I have never done a before and after of any of our goats. Just thought I would start with one of my cutest,  before and after:

Toby is Nanna’s first baby born here at Gullringstorp. Toby was born May 12, 20102:

,Our Little Toby at just one day old

Our Little Toby at just one day old. Look at how tiny he was!

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What a cute little nose

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Nanna takes her 3 day old little Toby out for a trip around the stable

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Up the milk stand ramp to mommy

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It was pretty chilly so he needed a sweater for a bit

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Toby loved to explore

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Toby and Nanna were lucky because Leif made them a special play yard in the rear of the stable. They just walked out of their home and out the door into the yard for fresh air and fun

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Toby was in Keriana and Alika’s box, exploring

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Toby wanted to share Nanna’s grain

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Toby became best pals with our Max

 

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Toby looks like a show goat! Just look at that perfect little body!

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Nanna and Toby enjoy the sunshine in the front play yard

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Toby finally got big enough to join the other goats in the large enclosure. He was still with Nanna and nursing

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We always thought Toby was cute and we thought nothing more of his hair when he was young

Our little Toby has grown into a real handsome buck that has an uncanny similarity to Elvis. Look at that hair-do, will you:

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Gullringstorp


Images of love, kindness and friendship  can be found all over Gullringstorp:

This was what I saw this morning

This was what I saw this morning, my lovely boys finding comfort and love and safety with each other in the big boy’s box

What a kind mommy Hilda is...

What a kind mommy Hilda is… this is goat love to share your food

Toby would like nothing more than to languish in his mother's care and love, but he is just becoming a buck too fast

Toby would like nothing more than to languish in his mother’s care and love, but he is just becoming a buck too fast

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy stays very close to her Little Surprise

Mother and son

Alika stands proudly by her new little son Pip

A kiss for mommy

Toby gives a sweet  kiss to his mommy Nanna

Mother and son

Mother Nanna and son Toby

So sweet

So sweet moment of love between Frida and Poppy

A tender moment shared by mother and daughter...

A tender moment shared by mother and daughter…Hilda and Peanut

Hilda and Peanut

Hilda and Peanut sharing a moment of love

Swedish Valentine's Day with tulips and beautiful heart candies

Swedish Valentine’s Day with tulips and beautiful heart candies

Togetherness

Togetherness Tasha and Puck

Kitty love

Kitty love

More kitty love

More kitty love

Hilda and her first children born at Gullringstorp; Little Man and Peanut

Hilda and her first children born at Gullringstorp; Little Man and Peanut

The male rides the females like this as they mate. They can lay up to 1,000 eggs in 2-3 days

The male rides the females like this as they mate. They can lay up to 1,000 eggs in 2-3 days

Tasha never had kittens but she is such a mommy. She stays close to Max during his recuperation.

Tasha never had kittens but she is such a mommy. She stays close to Max during his recuperation. Such a show of love.

Little Max giving his new daddy a kiss.

Little Max giving his new daddy a kiss.

A gentle kiss for Little Lady

A gentle kiss for Little Lady

Tasha with her new friend, Little Lady our iguana

Tasha with her new friend, Little Lady our iguana

Frida with her babies, Poppy and Pansy

Frida with her babies, Poppy and Pansy

I really hope Rose like her new friend

It was out of love that I decided to give Rose this stuffed doggie when she lost her little brother and appeared lonely

Wanna kiss?

Wanna kiss?

After a little swim, it was time for a little sun.

Mr. & Mrs. Duck  came for a visit to our pond. After a little swim, it was time for a little sun.

Keriana having a meal

Frida lovingly gives Keriana a warm meal

Julius gets a hug from Max our Brussels Griffon

Julius gets a hug from Max our Brussels Griffon

Julius gets a kiss from Max

Julius gets a kiss from Max

Jalle and Julius really love each other

Jalle and Julius really love each other

Little Lady's movements never go unnoticed. Pip has to make sure she is alright.

Little Lady’s movements never go unnoticed. Pip has to make sure she is alright.

Little Lady wants to share a nap in Max's bed

Little Lady wants to share a nap in Max’s bed

Wishing you love, kindness and  true friendship !

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


The Critter Gang at Gullringstorp


You have seen our goats. For those of you who haven’t seen my past posts, there are many other critters living with us here at Gullringstorp.

We have a Brussels Griffon named Max

We have an Iguana who was a rescue living with me on two continents for 16 years named Little Lady

We have 4 cats. 2 are ours, Pip and Tasha, 2 are my daughters who have moved to Sweden to live with us 2 years ago, Pumpkin and Juliet

We also have a neighbor kitty  who loves to be in our stable

Meet the Critter Gang here at Gullringstorp:

Max all warm and cozy in his snow suit and boots

Max all warm and cozy in his snow suit and boots

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Max on the couch in the kitchen watching mommy cook

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Max out on a cold, damp and windy day at Gullringstorp

Max in his Halloween Bumble Bee costume

I know, out of season but here is Max in his Halloween Bumble Bee costume

 

 

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Pip loves my antique rocker

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Pip enjoying the view of snow out the window in my office

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Kitty in my laundry basket

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Hej Pip!

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Pip balancing on a plant stand

Pip in my office

Pip would read, if he could

Pip our turtle kitty

Pip our turtle kitty

Pip all warm in bed

Pip all warm in bed

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Pip loves to sit like this

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Silly kitty

Pumpkin sitting where she should not be sitting, on the table

Pumpkin sitting where she should not be sitting, on the table

 

 

 

 

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Sleepy Pumpkin

Juliet has just rememberedthat she actually knows Pumpkin

Juliet has just remembered that she actually knows Pumpkin after they moved to Sweden together 2 years ago

Juliet in  the hall upstairs

Juliet in the hall upstairs

On our bed

Juliet on our bed

Sleepy kitty

What a cute little nose

Juliet in the window

Juliet in the window

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Tasha

Hej Tasha

Sleepy Tasha

Sleepy Tasha

Our part-time stable kitty

Our part-time stable kitty

Sun spots are like gold at Gullringstorp

Sun spots are like gold at Gullringstorp

Here we have several members of the Gullringstorp critters enjoying the sun spot: Pumpkin, Juliet, Little Lady and Max

Here we have several members of the Gullringstorp critters enjoying the sun spot: Pumpkin, Juliet, Little Lady and Max

 

These are just some our Critter gang here at Gullringstorp.  We also have 4 fish tanks and one tank with African Albino frogs.

It’s never ending fun and excitement, indoors and out, here at Gullringstorp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

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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…

 

 


Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Oh My!!


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 gear

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

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Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

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Hilda and her boys

 

The wind blows the chicken's feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

The wind blows the chicken’s feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

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Eugene checking on his other lady, Henny Penny

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

                                                                                                                                Brahmas love the wind and wet grass

Our Brahma chickens love the wind and wet grass

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Little Winston meets Nanna

Little Winston meets Nanna

Our little Nanna

Our little Nanna

Fiona plays with Phillip

Fiona plays with Phillip

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Little Phillip

Little Phillip

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

  1. Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    One of our lovely hens

    One of our lovely hens

     

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 !