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Melting


With +4.7 c temperatures, the big melt begins here at Gullringstorp.


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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Good Frosty Morning From Gullringstorp !


The boys needed to be out on this crisp cool morning because their box is being emptied today. I figured it was also a day for our ladies to be out and get some fresh air. They don’t have a full day, they will be in by 3 pm just before it gets dark.
Good decision, the ladies are so happy to be out. They are running, playing? Snatching mouthfuls of hay on the run and greeting old pals. They soon discovered the snow. It was fun to stand on, slide on and lick.

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Hej From Cold and Frosty Gullringstorp !


Another day of clean up here at Gullringstorp. Because of
the strong winds associated with this storm, we have snow blown
through cracks in our stable walls as well as our workshop. The
wind has also blown the snow into snow dunes all over
Gullringstorp, including our roads in and out of the property.
These snow dunes are not soft fluffy dunes, but hard packed snow
and ice. Our goats are indoors today. They can go out sometimes
during the winter months. If the enclosures are pretty clear, then
they can go out. Much of our snow gets moved around with the help
of our tractor. Thank goodness for it. Here you can see our snow,
snow dunes, snow in our workshop and our tractor at work.

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The Storm has Come


We heard a storm would come yesterday . Our goats were kept inside but no storm.

Just past 1 am it hit with wind and snow.

Gullringstorp is once again a winter wonderland in the Swedish countryside.

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Snowy and Windy Day Keeps Gullringstorp Goats Inside


Yesterday was not a day for our goats to go outside. After a couple of beautiful , warm and sunny days, our goats were not able to come outside. It’s always a shame when we start new routines like the new hay rack for the boys. They really need to have consistency with their routine. I wanted them to get used to the new location for the hay. Oh well, we can only wait for the good days to come. For now they relax in the stable:

Mother-to-be Pumpkin and her daughter Rosie relax

Mother-to-be Pumpkin and her daughter Rosie relax

Ivy and her daughter Surprise relax while mother-to-be is wide awake

Ivy and her daughter Surprise relax while mother-to-be is wide awake

Keriana with her daughter Fiona sleep close to fence to be close to Alika

Keriana with her daughter Fiona sleep close to fence to be close to Alika

Mothers-to-be Pansy and Poppy

Mothers-to-be sisters Poppy and her sister Pansy (kind of hidden)

Hilda and her daughter,   mother-to-be-Peanut live in box which doesn’t get much light from the light fixtures. It was just too dark to photograph., but they were resting close together as usual.

Nanna was NOT resting at all. She was in heat. This was a relatively mild heat so far, because her cries are not nearly as loud as normal, for her. Notice he flicking of her tail, this is called “flagging”.

Balder is up and wide awake

Balder is up and wide awake.  Look at those beautiful eyes!

Baby Boy is also wide awake

Baby Boy is also wide awake

Little Man  rests by himself while Toby and Pip like to snuggle

Little Man rests by himself while Toby and Pip like to snuggle

Toby and Pip

Toby and Pip

Winston, Philip och Little Man

Winston, Philip my little boys love to sleep close together while  Little Man lays close by

We hope for better weather so our goats can be out for more than one or two days at a time.


US Northeast Snow Storm vs Swedish Winter


We are  keeping everyone in the Northeast in our thoughts today as you endure this winter storm. We hope everyone stays safe and warm.

We here at Gullringstorp are in the midst of winter, once again. Here in Sweden, we are used to the snow. We have the infrastructure to handle great amounts of snow. Our plows are always at the ready and everyone is prepared with a variety of shovels and warm gloves etc. Even our airports function well during winter storms. Nothing stops in Sweden.

All of us who live in the countryside with animals,  learn how to survive the winter and care for our animals. We know how to keep hens warm and water from freezing and keep animals comfortable.

This morning as it snowed I went for a walk with my naughty but sweet Nanna out for a walk . She hesitated at first then she really seemed to enjoy it as she walked me.

Nanna takes me into the goat enclosure

Nanna takes me into the goat enclosure

 

 

In she goes

Nanna is so curious to see what happened to her enclosure

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My husband was out shoveling when he made a discovery and came in to get me. I grabbed my camera and in the hedge we found something beautiful:

Where's Waldo?

Where’s Waldo?

Look at that sweet little head

Look at that sweet little head

 

He was so still but every now and again , his ears flicked

He was so still but every now and again , his ears flicked

So beautiful...

So beautiful…

Please stay safe in the storm.

 

 

 

 

 


City Girl Turned Country Gal Brings Culture Into the Stable at Gullringstorp Part 6


This was a very cold , windy and snowy morning, here at Gullringstorp. We find ourselves in the midst of yet another winter.

Unfortunately, this not a day for our goats to be out

Unfortunately, this was not a day for our goats to be out in their snowed in enclosure

Gullringstorp deep in snow once again

Gullringstorp deep in snow once again. But, oh so beautiful.

One of our cats, Pip enjoys looking at the snow from his warm window seat

One of our cats, Pip enjoys looking at the snow from his warm window seat

Today my goats enjoyed beautiful music from Sicily, Italy.  We listened to Roberto Alagna’s CD ” Sicilian” with lovely romantic and lively Italian pieces, as fresh hay , water and grain was given. I really enjoy Roberto Alagna and have bee able to enjoy him in opera several times. I am really happy to be able to enjoy his singing no matter where I happen to be, here at Gullringstorp.

Roberto Alagna is a French tenor who has performed the works of many of the world’s greatest composers, in some of the worlds most famous opera houses; Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Donizetti, Massenet, just to name a few.

Here are just some of his roles in the world of opera: Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Alfredo in La Traviatta, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Don Jose in Don Jose, Hoffman in Les Contes d’Hoffman.

I hope you enjoy Roberto Alagna’s Sicilian:


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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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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Juliet

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Updates From Gullringstorp


Global Warming at Gullringstorp :

We have been experiencing Global Warming effects right here at Gullringstorp. After our period of melted snow and then no snow at all, we got a light dusting of snow that reminded me of powdered sugar. It was really pretty for one day and then it all melted. Our temperatures have been so unstable. With the warmer temperatures, not only did all the dusting melt, but flies woke up and dizzily flew into walls.

We had rivers of water all over Gullringstorp

We had puddles and  rivers of water all over Gullringstorp

Obe day later we have been having snow all day

One day later we have been having snow all day

These photos were taken this morning on the way to the stabel. We have had snow and much more, all day long

These photos were taken this morning on the way to the stabel. We have had snow and much more, all day long

 

 

 

How are Phillip and Winston doing in the boys’ box?

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Winston has found a way to enjoy hay also

Winston has found a way to enjoy hay also

Winston thinks the hay is yummy !

Winston thinks the hay is yummy !

Åhillip likes to keep an eye out on the activities in the corridore

Phillip likes to keep an eye out on the activities in the corridor

Phillip and Winston are doing really well in their new home. No more crying for mommy and they have learned which bucks to avoid and where to be able to enjoy the hay in peace. Even though they are doing so well, I do let them out twice a day while I tend to all the boxes. They get a chance to have their tiny bit of grain until they are weaned of it and a chance to play and wrestle with each other.

 

 

 

The first stable repairs and improvements in 2013:

My tiniest goats, our Pygmies, live in the front box. As we have learned, Pygmy goats love to be up high. Leif put a lid on the hay rack and the girls can climb on top. No problem there, but someone decided to eat the wall and soon they were to the insulation. I said , ok time for some stronger coverage. So up went the metal plate for protection.

My tiniest goats, our Pygmies, live in the front box. As we have learned, Pygmy goats love to be up high. Leif put a lid on the hay rack and the girls can climb on top. No problem there, but someone decided to eat the wall and soon they were to the insulation. I said , ok,  time for some stronger coverage. So up went the metal plate for protection. 

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This is Ivy who is our tiniest adult Pygmy goat. She spends a lot of time up there now that her daughter Surprise is more independent. That’s Petunia standing below.

Anyone who has goats knows the challenges of keeping hay in the hay rack. There are always problems with waste. Well we are no different here at Gullringstorp. We were loosing hay left and right, especially through the hay racks that were made for horses. Leif has made racks for the girls and placed hay bags up in many of the boxes. this box, however was our biggest problem. Every modification Leif made was destroyed by the boy’s horns. Finally we took it to our neighbor Bosse, for welding. The bars going horizontally help hold the hay bales in and provides a good place for horn scratching.

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Boy’s improved hay rack

Toby, Nanna's little boy, really enjoys the new impoved hay rack for his horns

Toby, Nanna’s little boy, really enjoys the new improved hay rack for his horns. Balder is standing nearby on the tabletop.

 

Welcome back for more updates  from Gullringstorp.

 

 

 

 

 


Gullringstorp Goats out for the First Time in Months


This morning was a perfect day for the goats to be out. No wind, no rain, no snow.  It will be a short day however, due to the darkness coming at 3 pm.   That’s ok because the ladies were getting cabin fever and even a short day out is better than no time out at all.

The ladies got to get out but not the boys. I know, I know what about the boys? Well it’s just not that easy and it requires some time and attention outdoors which was not on my schedule today. You see the issue is, my baby boys. I will give my babies more time in the boy’s box so they feel a part of their new little herd. I have several sub-herds within my complete herd. Once I feel Phillip and Winston have been accepted completely by the others, then I will feel comfortable letting them out with the others. In addition to that aspect of buck life, my little fellas have no previous knowledge of the electric fence which surrounds their enclosure. This will be a day that requires both of our attentions. The boys will have to be “introduced” to the fence. This is a ritual that I can not do. This is my husband’s job to place the tiny noses to the fence for what will be hopefully the one and only time their noses come into contact with it.

Well today was the day for the little girls and my ladies to go out and kick up their heels a bit:

goats having fun

Goats having fun

Time for fun

Time for fun

Look at my girls !

Look at my girls, oh how pretty they are!

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Keriana, Hilda, her daughter Peanut and Alika

Fun on the snow

Fun on the snow

Rosie playing

Rosie playing with Pansy

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Fiona with her cute black stockings

Petunia and Poppy playing

Petunia and Poppy playing with Iris, Nanna and Alika in the background

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Nanna and Petunia and somebody else…

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Petunia and Poppy and little Surprise on the snow

More fun

More fun

Nanna and Keriana

Nanna and Keriana

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Snow goats

Snow goats

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Snow goats up close

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Fiona on her way…

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Wheeeee  such fun they are all having running and just being silly!

After setting the electric fence, I walked into the stable. What a strange sensation to see my empty stable. It was so quiet and empty.

Empty boxes, what a strange sight, no goats....

Empty boxes, what a strange sight, no goats….

Empty boxes

Empty boxes

It was great fun watching all my goats out and running and literally kicking up their cute little heels. With the cold temperatures we have been having, our ground feels like concrete. It feels great to walk on it and the sound of my goat’s hooves as they run is just a wonder. They sound like a herd of galloping horses.

Well my ladies didn’t make it to 3 this afternoon. The sun has not set yet, a few minutes more and it will, but, it started snowing!

My ladies had a wonderful time out today the 7th day of January in the New Year 2013.


Global Warming at Gullringstorp


Remember just a few weeks ago, I posted photos of SNOW? I mean tons of snow.. Well we had a beautiful White Christmas. There was so much snow that my husband had to use the tractor to move it off our 2 roads and move it into the goat’s enclosure.  Needless to say, with all the wide gates open and all those snow mountains, the goats were unable to enjoy the enclosure.

New Year’s Eve we celebrated without snow! After dropping to minus temperatures,  we shot up to plus temperatures. In one day, we lost ALL our snow! It looked like a waste land with little sad piles of snow scattered around Gullringstorp.

After sadly looking at our land and seeing the grass and gravel, we woke up to this today after a night with minus temperatures. While walking back from the stable last evening, I really enjoyed the crystal clear sky with all its bright stars. I am never unthankful for the beautiful nature I live within. I knew by the clarity of the night that it would be a real COLD night and it was.

This is what we woke up to this morning:

Our green lawn in the fron went from snow packed to green again to frost

Our green lawn in the front went from snow packed to green again to frost

Beautiful Evergreens all frosty

Beautiful Evergreens all frosty

Now we can see some of the damage the tractor did to our lawns. So strange to see our neighbor's fields brown with no snow.

Now we can see some of the damage the tractor did to our lawns. So strange to see our neighbor’s fields brown with no snow.

The grass all over was crunchy with frost

The grass all over was crunchy with frost

The mounds of tractor  moved snow have melted butt just look at that frost. Too bad the goats couldn't go out yet again today.

All the mounds of tractor moved snow mounds have melted away;  but just look at that frost. Too bad the goats couldn’t go out yet again today.

Frost on my little nome trees and hedges

Frost on my little nome trees and hedges

Just one of our crunchy, frost trees here at Gullringstorp

Just one of our crunchy, frost trees here at Gullringstorp

Frosty evergreen bush

Frosty evergreen bush

Not so sure we should be having temperatures that yo-yo up and down within a day or a couple of hours. Just doesn’t seem right.

Feels like Global Warming to me…

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Something Else That Makes This Country Gal Smile, And Smile Big !!!!


In the beginning , even before we started milking our goats, I made the decision to get a hand milker. It was a product that would help older hands and would solve the problem of tiny teats of our littlest goats. No one told me that your hands would survive the pumping, but your arm would soon just drop off! My husband and I have what feels like arthritis symptoms in our hands, so hand milking these ladies was not really an option. We decided it was time to make a change and make the investment in a real milking machine. We made a long drive further down south to visit the couple selling the new milking machine. It was a lovely drive with spectacular woods covered in beautiful snow (snö in Swedish)

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I really had fun taking those photos with my iPhone, from the comfort and warmth of my passenger seat in my little car.

When we arrived we met the goats and the new prized cow. Man of the house did not like goat cheese , so no more milking the goats, great for us! A cow was purchased for her milk instead. I apologize for the quality of the photos taken in a very dark barn area with my iPhone and not my camera.

They had an old Swedish breed, Väneko. This cow known as Väneko is a rare breed brought back from the brink of extinction. This breed named after a village (Väne-Ryr) in the province Västergötland. They are found in the region near one of the largest lakes in the South West, Lake Väne. Väne cattle are remnant of the old South Swedish peasant breed and often also called Allmogeko. The breed was discovered in beginning of the 1990s.

Isn't she pretty?

Isn’t she pretty?

Look at those horns. She's really a small cow in compared to other breeds

Look at those horns. She’s really a small cow in compared to other breeds

She is really pretty with her markings, kind of like an appaloosa pony

She is really pretty with her markings, kind of like an Appaloosa pony

Ok yes it’s true I love,  love, love  animals , hence all the cow photos, but here  is my real true love:

Now this is the real beauty!! Isn't my new Schlauerbauer Milking Machine fro, Germany something?

Now this is the real beauty!! Isn’t my new Schlauerbauer Milking Machine from, Germany something?

I just can’t stop smiling….


Christmas Lights and Snow in the Night at Gullringstorp


I know, I know , it’s a nightmare for my husband and all the other husbands and boyfriends and mothers shoveling this kind of snow. But what can I say , but I just think it’s beautiful. It’s still snowing and has been all day .

When it rains , we say, “it’s raining cats and dogs”. What do we say about snow? It’s snowing bunnies and teddy bears??

Any ideas, please share…

Anyway, I find Gullringstorp during the winter months all lit up and draped in snow, enchanting…

These are the tracks Leif makes for little Max to usse to go potty when the snow is deep. Max has short little fat legs.

These are the tracks Leif makes for little Max to use to go potty when the snow is deep. Max has short little fat legs. By the morning, they had disappeared!

Max thinks it's so much fun to have his very own tracks to walk in!

Max thinks it’s so much fun to have his very own tracks to walk in!

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The beginning oif the pathway to the stable and the goats. First over the deck...

The beginning of the pathway to the stable and the goats. First over the deck…

Past the popcicle fish in the pond, past the lust hus on t he way to the stable and the goats. Then...

Past the popsicle fish in the pond, past the lust hus on t he way to the stable and the goats. Then…

Then behind rhe lust hus to the road and ten we were on our own, to the stable and to the goats...

Then behind the lust hus to the road which had been shoveled, to the stable and to the goats…

We are on the right path, look there's the stable lit up in t he night

We are on the right path, look there’s the stable lit up in t he night

Max and I found our way to the stable and the goats. Leif was still shoveling so we feed and watered the goats. Leif arrived later for the milking.

Max and I found our way to the stable and the goats. Leif was still shoveling so we feed and watered the goats. Leif arrived later for the milking.

Leif surprised me by stringing lights on the side of the stable this year. Now I can ssee the lights from my kitchen, breakfastroom and bedroom windows. The lights look beautiful, peeking through the tall snow covered evergreens in the back. Thank you Leif!

Leif surprised me by stringing lights on the side of the stable this year. Now I can see the lights from my kitchen, breakfast room and bedroom windows. 

The lights look beautiful, peeking through the tall snow-covered evergreens in the back. Thank you Leif!

The lights look beautiful, peeking through the tall snow-covered evergreens in the back. Thank you Leif!

Max and I found our way back to the house on our pathways...

Max and I found our way back to the house on our pathways…

Looks like Max ans I are heading the right way...

Looks like Max and I are heading the right way…

Leif was waiting for us on the front porch!

Leif was waiting for us on the front porch!

Enchanted Gullringstorp

Enchanted Gullringstorp

If you have snow, I hope it’s manageable…

If you are waiting for your snow,, I hope it comes…


Gullringstorp, Almost Buried by Snow This Morning


We had a warning yesterday that during the evening we would have at least 12″ of snow fall during the night.  Well the night came and no more snow … We thought we were off the hook… We were not !

This morning we got slammed with snow, snow, snow and more snow. It is 1521 and it is STILL snowing!!!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Leif was shoveling the driveways , before he could use the tractor

Leif had to shovel the driveways , before he could use the tractor

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Max and I got a path shoveled to the stable; at least part of the way

Pathway shoveled to the back , past the front porch

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Our fish will spend the winter under the protection  of the covered pond in a state of semi-hibernation

Our fish will spend the winter under the protection of the covered pond in a state of semi-hibernation

In addition to t he heavy snowfall , we had wind that made beautiful snow drifts and snow on our house

In addition to t he heavy snowfall , we had wind that made beautiful snow drifts and snow on our house

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Leif is heading into the goat enclosure, the only place to dump all the shoveled snow

Leif is heading into the goat enclosure, the only place to dump all the shoveled snow

This is the road behind the stable. On the right is the snowed in chicken yard. Don't wrry our hens and roosters are warm inside their heated hen house with a nice bowl full of snow to peck at. They love that.

This is the road behind the stable. On the right is the snowed in chicken yard. Don’t worry our hens and roosters are warm inside their heated hen house with a nice bowl full of snow to peck at. They love that.

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Frozen cherry tree

Frozen cherry tree

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While Leif worked hard shoveling 2 properties, I kept busy preparing a war, lunch for when he came in and preparing a warm delicious meal, chili.

While Leif worked hard shoveling snow from 2 properties, I kept busy preparing a warm lunch for when he came in and preparing a warm delicious dinner, chili.

I hope wherever you are, you are not buried under snow. But if you are, I hope you have someone strong and caring to shovel for you…

Thank you Leif…

PS. Leif just came in from his last shoveling of the day before the darkness at 1515 to tell me that in his estimation, we have had between 40″-50″ of snowfall today.


Breath Right During Cold Winter Temperatures


After nearly 2 weeks in bed with a horrific  case of Sinusitis, I went to the Internet to look up ways to protect my nose. I go out to the stable with a scarf wrapped around my face looking like I could rob a bank.

When I am out on the town during winter months I cleverly wrap my wool shawl around my face  to be able to breathe in warmer air. Since I have been blessed  with both asthma an Sinusitis, it’s important not to breath cold, dry air directly in my nose. Believe me, it sounds easy, “inhale through your mouth and exhale through your nose”, it’s not. It’s a bit like hopping on one foot while twirling a hula hoop or blowing bubbles all at the same time. You start out fine then all of a sudden you are inhaling through your  nose!

After hours on the Internet we finally found a site to be able to purchase this item in Sweden and not have to import it.

This item is called Airtrim Cold Weather Heat Exchange Mask

AirTrim masks are designed to help people breathe easier in cold and/or dry conditions — this includes exercise induced asthma in these conditions. This light-weight mask has a filter that absorbs some of the heat and moisture from your own breath to re-heat and re-moisturize the air when you inhale. This helps keep you warmer and makes breathing easier. Often called a cold weather mask or heat exchange mask.

Invented in Sweden for skiers, runners, cyclists and others involved in cold and/or dry outdoor conditions. Athletes with cold, exercise induced asthma will find this mask helpful in training and racing.  AirTrim is an Offical Supplier to the Swedish Ski Team to help them train in the cold. There are many athletes in Canada who have started using AirTrim so they can continue training in cold and dry conditions. Mountain climbers have used the AirTrim mask too.

This mask can help you if you :

 

  • exercise in cold weather
  • work outside in cold weather
  • work in the refrigeration industry
  • are sensitive to cold and/or dry air
  • active in a dry to extremely dry environments
  • climb at altitude
  • have cold weather asthma
  • have exercise asthma

Here is my AirTrim mask with a special Asthma filter and an extra filter and a cute little tote that arrived in the post this morning:

Yippee!!!

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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…

 

 


The First Snow of the Season


I felt snow in the air for the past couple of days. I never knew I would be able to tell when there was snow in the air, but I can ! How cool is that?

Leif has started to rake up the Autumn leaves after the rain finally stopped. I could see leaf piles appearing at Gullringstorp.

One of the first clues to the coming snow, was the gray skies, then the temperature.

This is the temperature finally got above 0 degrees C by the afternoon

This is the temperature finally got above 0 degrees C by the afternoon

This was my view looking out my kitchen window toward the stable

This was my view looking out my kitchen window toward the stable

This is the view from the side window in the kitchen.

This is the view from the side window in the kitchen. You can see the hedge on the left dropping its leaves.

There is just one pile of leaves at Gullringstorp, surrounded by a light coating of snow

There is just one pile of leaves at Gullringstorp, surrounded by a light coating of snow

As the afternoon made its way toward evening, the temperature dropped again

As the afternoon made its way toward evening, the temperature dropped again

The beautiful Autumn colors of Gullringstorp shine in the first snow of the season

The beautiful Autumn colors of Gullringstorp shine in the first snow of the season

 

I know it’s not much , but it was so wonderful to look out the windows at this snow as it fell. It was windy sand very cold so it was a beady snow. I watched the snow from my desk out my office window. It fell like tiny beads that were blown around by the strong wind. then it was fun watching a those beads of snow hit the roof of the garage and bounce off to a new destination.

First beads of snow then the flakes will come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Easter Weekend at Gullringstorp


It was a beautiful , bright ,, cold morning. It had snowed all night long and the snow was gleaming in the morning sun. In some places you could see the snow melting away under the strong Swedish sun. In other places, the snow is there for a while longer. It was quite cold this morning at -4 degrees,  but the sun was determined to shine. That made everything sparkle, here at Gullringstorp…

The junipers right outside our front door were laden with great heaps of snow

The juniper bushes right outside our front door were laden with great heaps of snow

It really is a beautiful sight in the morning sun. Max is enjoying eating snow

The snow really is a beautiful sight in the morning sun. Max is enjoying eating snow

Looks like whipped cream, doesn't it?

Looks like whipped cream, doesn't it?

There under all this snow are my newly potted pansies! Oh dear! I guess we planted too soon

There under all this snow are my newly potted pansies! Oh dear! I guess we planted too soon

Our pond had a thin layer of ice yesterday, but during the cold night it got a real thick layer of ice on top. Poor fish! My daughter calls them popsicle fish when they are under a covering during the Winter, but here they are now during the Spring

Our pond had a thin layer of ice yesterday, but during the cold night it got a real thick layer of ice on top. Poor fish! My daughter calls them popsicle fish when they are under a covering during the Winter, but here they are now during the Spring

During the Winter months we can see tracks from everything from bull moose, to deer, to hares to different birds to cats. This is a cat

During the Winter months we can see tracks from everything from bull moose, to deer, to hares to different birds to cats. These are cat tracks

This is the same enclosure our goats were playing in , just a few days ago. i would have them out today if it were a bit warmer and the sun was shinning in their enclosure. Too much cold wind today, too bad.

This is the same enclosure our goats were playing in , just a few days ago. We would have them out today if it were a bit warmer and the sun was shinning in their enclosure. Too much cold wind today, too bad.

Our silly hens and roosters were out in the pre snow rain the other day and soaked to the bone! My husband closed their front door and side door so they could not come out and freeze in the snow. They are warm and dry inside with the heater on. Happy hens and roosters!

Our silly hens and roosters were out in the pre snow rain the other day and soaked to the bone! My husband closed their front door and side door so they could not come out and freeze in the snow. They are warm and dry inside their home with the heater on. They have everything they could possibly need, inside. Happy hens and roosters!

If you look real close you can see tiny green sprouts on this lilac hedge. Everyone here thinks it's Spring but the weather!

If you look real close you can see tiny green sprouts on this lilac hedge. Everyone here thinks it's Spring, except the weather!

Meanwhile, in the warm stable Milk Stand conditioning continues with more emphasis on tummy touching to prepare the ladies for milking. Alika is great, so far.

Meanwhile, in the warm stable Milk Stand conditioning continues with more emphasis on tummy touching to prepare the ladies for milking. Alika is great, so far. I love to rub her sides and kiss her baby bump.

 

We will have to enjoy and accept the Winter conditions and know that eventually, the sun will shine on green grass and full hedges and apples, and cherries and lilacs , once again. It always does …

 

 


Why Our Goats Were Not Out Today…


It is Spring, I know , but it feels like Winter here at Gullringstorp!  Our goats did not come out yesterday, nor did they come out today.  I am sorry for them but they would not like it out.  They spent the day happy,  warm and cozy in their boxes, inside.

Juliet watches the beginning snow fall this morning from my office window

Juliet watches the beginning snow fall this morning from my office window

Hej Juliet!

Hej Juliet!

There wasn't so much in the morning, but that was just the beginning

There wasn't so much in the morning, when I was out with Max, but that was just the beginning

This was still in the morning, not really so much snow

This was still in the morning, not really so much snow

Snow started to fall into the pond which had recently been uncovered for the Spring

Snow started to fall into the pond which had recently been uncovered for the Spring. Poor fish !

As the day continued, so did the snow and now the pond is surrounded by snow

As the day continued, so did the snow and now the pond was surrounded by snow

This is the view from the kitchen side window, lots of snow

This is the view from the kitchen side window, lots of snow

Another view of the snowfall from a kitchen window , out over the back toward the stable in the rear

Another view of the snowfall from a kitchen window , out over the back toward the stable in the rear

We should have blossoms on this cherry tree, not snow

We should have blossoms on this cherry tree, not snow

Well, the snow has continued all day long and it is 11 pm and it is still snowing!

Springtime at Gullringstorp !


WHERE IS MY SPRING? DID I BLINK AND MISS OUR 1 DAY OF SWEDISH SPRING?


It’s true, if you blink it’s all over and you have missed it. Our Swedish Spring last just about one day. Or if we are lucky we can add up the hours of sunshine from several different days, put them all together and we have 24 hours of Spring.

I was so happy to see these tulips start to come up!

I was so happy to see these tulips start to come up!

I gave my tulips a pep talk , "come on you can do it "!

I gave my tulips a pep talk , "come on you can do it "!

Come on little tulips!

Come on little tulips!

Then,  just as my little tulips tried to bloom and find the sunshine of Spring….

Look what happened to my poor little tulips! They got snowed on!

Look what happened to my poor little tulips! They got snowed on!

Just look at my brave little tulips!

Just look at my brave little tulips!

Our poor pansy pots my husband planted just days ago

Our poor pansy pots my husband planted just days ago

It got cold enough for our little Max to need his winter jacket, again !

It got cold enough for our little Max to need his winter jacket, again !

The hens and roosters were out

The hens and roosters were out

Our hens seemed to delight in the winter conditions. Their fluffy feathers blew, but it was alright with them, the snow blew, but it was alright with them. They even enjoyed pecking at the newly fallen snow

Our hens seemed to delight in the winter conditions. Their fluffy feathers blew, but it was alright with them, the snow blew, but it was alright with them. They even enjoyed pecking at the newly fallen snow

Well we will endure the freezing temperatures and before we know it , we will be searing under the Swedish summer sun!


A Winter Morning at Gullringstorp


Winter decided to come to Gullringstorp during the night. White hell for my husband but a beautiful sight for me and just plain fun for Max:

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We had a dark, cold, snowy and windy morning here at Gullringstorp. There was still a beauty to it all, for me.

snoe

Just beautiful!

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Our roads were fine to drive on because of the type of snow tires required here in Sweden, but my husband will still clear them.

 

ok

This road will be cleared soon.

Time for the tractor

Time for the tractor. Max was warm in his winter gear.

My husband really is happy to have the tractor to help clear large amounts of snow

My husband really is happy to have the tractor to help clear large amounts of snow

The weather reports call for more snow…  Our little herd is inside the stable,  comfy and warm.

How is the weather where you live?