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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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Pumpkin

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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

Juliet

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. 

Ivy

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.

Boy's hay rack

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.