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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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Neighbor Party August 2013


At a Neighbor Party, the hosts, organize the entire evening for us. There are the games that start the evening off, then we retire to indoors for a beautifully laid buffet. After the meal comes desert along with coffee, then godis (candy snacks) and snaps and cognac. There will be active conversation from the recent harvest, to hat or straw bales to tractors. Information is shared and everyone, up and down our table is engaged in a conversation. After tractors, our end of the table was relegated to discussions about goats, then the soap making business, then tractors again. Our hosts were kind enough to arrange for a mini bus to pick us all up at preplanned locations. This was so kind and allowed everyone to be  free to drink as much as they wanted and not have to worry about the drive home. When we arrived at our host’s Inn (Värdshuset) in the woods just minutes away from Gullringstorp, our hosts greeted us outside in the garden. We were told of the events of the evening. I am pretty sure that this tradition is only in our neck of the woods, but there are outdoor activities well planned out for all the guests to participate in. Everyone enjoys the fun , no matter how silly. It’s great to see all of our hard-working neighbors leave the worried of the world behind and just have FUN! Our Planned evening:

Station 1 :  Drinks!     We walked through the beautiful woods and came upon the first station. There we had our choice of drink,  beer, whisky etc.

Station 2: Driving!   We were all wondering what we would be driving. We soon found out.

Station 3 : Tossing Frogs !  Oh dear, I all could think was, poor little frogs!

Station 4: Hot Air Balloons! We had  no idea. We soon found out.

Station 5: Up  to our waist in water !!! Oh dear! Station 6: Tire toss! Tire toss???? Oh dear.

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Gathering at the Inn

Gathering at the Inn

Our hostes was there to greet us

Our hostess came out  to greet us

Our host also came to greet us

Our host also came to greet us

Our hostess filled us in on our activities for the evening

Our hostess filled us in on our activities for the evening

Gustav thought our activities sounded  fun

Gustav thought our activities sounded fun

photo 2  Station 1 Drinks.  I had a white wine and my husband had a whisky photo photo

Station 2:  Driving!!

Remote controlled driving!

Remote controlled driving!

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Station 3: Tossing Frogs  Luckily they were NOT real frogs, but jelly frogs!

A bucket full of jelly green frogs

A bucket full of jelly green frogs

This is the water bucket we tossed the frogs into

This is the water bucket we tossed the frogs into

preparing to toss little green frogs

preparing to toss little green frogs

Leif tossing while Irene keeps score

Leif tossing while Irene keeps score

Station 4: Hot air balloon  Object of the game was to hold a balloon between your legs and walk around a chair 3 times

Station 5 : Up to your waist in water !  We weren’t actually! there was a glass of water on a piece of paper and the object was to pull the paper without spilling the water. What fun we had and so many laughs

Hard to see, but there is the glass sitting on a piece of paper

Hard to see, but there is the glass sitting on a piece of paper

Station 6 : Tire Toss  For some reason, I was picturing tractor tires and this would be an event for the men. What a surprise to find out that  it was a bike tire to be tosses over the back of a wooden lawn chair. It was a lot of fun for all. I made it twice!

Go Irene !

Go Irene !

Almost there Irene !

Almost there Irene !

Go Leif !

Go Leif !

Bosse made it over the chair!

Bosse made it over the chair!

All our event photos are only of my other team mates. The other teams were ahead of us and we didn’t really see them except at the end when al got together at the end. IMG_5433 IMG_5434 photo 3 IMG_5437 After all the teams had completed all the events, we waited for our hostess to welcome us inside to sit for our meal and drinks. IMG_5445

a bit of nature brought inside

a bit of nature brought inside

We had a beautiful buffet in the next room

We had a beautiful buffet in the next room

A chiffonade was laden with many varieties of tea and beautiful antique tea cups

A side board was laden with many varieties of tea and beautiful antique tea cups

Two very old beautiful paintings were hung in the buffet room

Two very old beautiful paintings were hung in the buffet room

One of the many antuiqe liting fixtures that were in the Inn

One of the many antique lighting fixtures that were in the Inn

A delicious variety of salads were prepared for us

A delicious variety of salads were prepared for us

This was my plate, an assortment of salads, pork and the hame, onion and egg pie with a roll with cheese

This was my plate, an assortment of salads, pork and the ham, onion and egg pie with a roll with cheese

We had wine and snaps along with beer

We had wine and snaps along with beer

Our hostes had assistants to take our beverage orders

Our hostess had assistants to take our beverage orders. They were so nice.

Our host in deep conversation with one of the guests

Our host in deep conversation with one of the guests

We enjoyed the beautiful meal and then it was time for a traditional Swedish event, Snaps Songs. We each got printed out song lists with lyrics and even the name of a familiar song that was the tune for this Snaps Song. We had lots of fun and everyone participated, even my husband.

This song was about OP a favorite variety of Snaps

This song was about O.P. a favorite variety of Snaps

After the songs we had desert and coffee.

A sweet little cake and my tea

A sweet little cake and my tea

It is a Swedish tradition for someone to stand up and say a special toast of thanks to our hosts.  Our hosts were thanked not only for the wonderful time, but for the food , drinks and good company. This evening it was my husband.

After some time has passed and we have all had plenty to eat and drink, it’s time for an all time favorite at our neighbor parties, Grilled Korv ( Hot Dogs) ! IMG_5472 IMG_5474 To our hosts,  Ann-Marie och Carl-Eric, we send a warm THANK YOU for such a lovely evening ! To our neighbors we send a warmTHANKS for the evening’s  enjoyable companionship. To our neighbors who were unable to attend, you were  MISSED, but please enjoy the fun here.


Late Coming Updates from Gullringstorp Part 2


Frida :

I am happy to say that Frida is recovering just fine !. She has been placed in the “baby yard” for several days and is now out with the rest of the herd in the large enclosure. Since goats are social animals, she was not very happy being separated from the herd. I just felt it was best for her to be out in the fresh air, but to stay calm at the same time. We are now having really beautiful weather and t he goats are out in the enclosure for the entire day until  around 7 pm. I am out often to check on Frida and all the goats and see her doing just fine. I watch for a while to know what she is up to and how she is handling the others. When Pumpkin approaches her, she makes a sound that lets Pumpkin know, not to bother her and she walks away. It seems to be working  fine. Frida knows that she  needs to take it easy. She will be a bit short of breath at the end of the day but she has complete calm in her box and is able to recover from the day’s activities and is breathing normally within a couple of hours. I am not sure yet if this will be a remaining effect from the pneumonia or not. if so, then we will just work with her and make sure she continues to have the best quality of life as she can, within her capabilities. Frida is determined not to succumb to this and we must take our lead from her. She will not be put down because of some shortness of breath at this time. As long as she eats , has interest in the other goats, tends to her daughters and can get around the enclosure, then it is up to me to make her life as comfortable as can be.

I have had to make decisions like this about other household pets during my lifetime, but this is the first time for one of our goats. Frida is a very special goat at Gullringstorp. When we got her we knew that she had babies in the past and had those babies sold. So I said, I would never sell her, or her babies and I haven’t !

Frida out in the large enclosure

Frida out in the large enclosure

Frida has learned to pace herself when out in the enclosure. Here she takes a little rest

Frida has learned to pace herself when out in the enclosure. Here she takes a little rest

Frida grazing on fresh grass  with one of her daughters

Frida grazing on fresh grass with one of her daughters

Frida is a great mother and is always near her daughters; even as she recovers from an illness

Frida is a great mother and is always near her daughters; even as she recovers from her illness

We were told by out vet  that Frida’s pneumonia was a result of possible allergy to a hay we were giving the goats. None of the other goats have had a reaction to the recent hay supply, but it was explained to us that Frida had developed a hyper-sensitivity to this hay.  I am happy to say that the lovely meadow hay is not the problem so we can give this to Frida.

As soon as our weather gets better;  less cold, less windy and less rainy, the goats will be out grazing on fresh grass. This is, after all the best food for our goats and they will get less hay in the stable.

New Meadow Hay Pick-Up

We have been back to the farm that is selling off their supply of meadow hay. We bought two huge bales on tis day and have 4 more on reserve. Our goats love this soft fine delicious hay and we are expecting at least 6 more tiny mouths that will soon be eating hay . I can’t think of a better hay for them to be introduced to. We may have to purchase more because our goats really love this hay.

Just arrived at the farm to pick up hay. Making sure  the trailer is ready

Just arrived at the farm to pick up hay. Making sure the trailer is ready

The farmer picks up the first bale with his tractor

The farmer picks up the first bale with his tractor

It's ready to be placed on our trailer

It’s ready to be placed on our trailer

Drop it on the trailer !

Drop it on the trailer !

I sure hope it fits !

I sure hope it fits !

It fit !

It fit !

Time for the second bale

Time for the second bale

Up she goes! I really enjoy watching tractors and their lifts. They are really cool

Up she goes! I really enjoy watching tractors and their lifts. They are really cool

Now comes the big squeeze !  hope the second one fits !

Now comes the big squeeze ! hope the second one fits !

Look !! They were a perfect size for our trailer! Nice that the farmer helped my husband tie them down

Look !! They were a perfect size for our trailer! Nice that the farmer helped my husband tie them down

A former sheep farmer and a goat farmer working together

A former sheep farmer and a goat farmer working together

When we arrived home, I got a wonderful greeting from our little herd. Look at them!

When we arrived home, I got a wonderful greeting from our little herd. Look at them!

Leif backing the trailer into the outbuilding to unload the bales

Leif backing the trailer into the outbuilding to unload the bales

There was a problem with the release latch on the trailer

There was a problem with the release latch on the trailer

In Sweden, you do almost everything on your own. the concept of asking a neighbor is nt so common. Here you see my husband finding a solution to move the heavy bales away from the latch, himself.

In Sweden, you do almost everything on your own. The concept of asking a neighbor is not so common. Here you see my husband finding a solution to move the heavy bales away from the latch, himself.

Thank goodness the bale didn't roll onto my husband! He would be a flat husband!

Thank goodness the bale didn’t roll onto my husband! He would be a flat husband!

 

Maternity updates :

All our pregnant ladies are doing well. They are all really good when it comes to the milk Stand. I just open the door to one of the boxes and who ever is due up first or next , just run out of the box and hop onto the Milk Stand, no problem. I really didn’t believe that these girls would ever become trained to the Milk Stand , but I was so wrong. It just took repetition and yummy grain in the food bowl and No grain their boxes.

As far as delivery, we are looking at Nanna to be our first to deliver. She was successfully bred December 16th which puts her quite close to her delivery. We keep a close eye on little Mis Nanna.

Little Miss Nanna

Little Miss Nanna

It's really hard to see Little Miss Nanna's baby bump but believe me , she has a little basketball tummy under all that long hair

It’s really hard to see Little Miss Nanna’s baby bump but believe me , she has a little basketball tummy under all that long hair

Little Miss Nanna resting in the sun

Little Miss Nanna resting in the sun

I can hardly wait for her to deliver. These will be our first Pygmy goats born at Gullringstorp!! They are going to be much smaller than the Nigerian Dwarf newborns, and they are small!

 

Alika and Keriana are also doing well:

Keriana and Alika are always together

Keriana and Alika are always together Alika is on the outside so you can see her baby bump and it is quite pronounced

We had to check breeding dates and found out that Alika had to be bred twice so she is not due until first week in June. We were surprised because  she is the largest of all three mothers-to-be. Keriana will be second to deliver a bit later in May.

All  these young ladies are “first time Freshers” meaning first time to give birth. Now I start to worry as we get closer. I just hope that they will not have any difficulty in delivery. Little Miss Nanna is who I worry about more. She is so tiny.

It was difficult to know that Keriana was pregnant because she always looked large. that was because she has a fluffy coat of fur , but now we know that there is a substantial baby bump under all that fluffiness!

It was difficult to know that Keriana was pregnant because she always looked large. that was because she has a fluffy coat of fur , Now we know that there is a substantial baby bump under all that fluffiness!

Keriana is Frida’s daughter, born here at Gullringstorp 2 yrs ago. Unfortunately, this little lady is nothing like her mother. She can be quite unpredictable and she has a short fuse. You can be patting her one moment and the next she will turn and butt you. Sometimes she walks away and for no reason she will come back to you and butt you. She can be a nice goat , when she feels like it. I just hope her babies have their grand mother’s temperament not their mother’s.

 


What Makes This Country Gal Smile?


What can make this country gal smile, besides a trip to the opera?  I’ll tell you. To look in my food box in our stable and see it filled with straw , hay and grain. That’s what!

We had been giving great consideration as to whether to answer an ad for a special hay being sold by a sheep farmer. He had downsized his herd and had way too much hay. We already have a local  farmer who sells us hay , bundles of hay . My husband fills the trailer, which is usually 20 bales. Each bale has 5 or 6 individual sections. They don’t really last longer than 2 1/2 weeks. The reasons for this is our hay racks which were meant for horses, so a lot ends up on the box floor  and the goats eat a lot of hay when indoors during bad weather.

My husband has done what he can to fix the hay racks to make sure the hay stays put. They don’t look so beautiful, but for now, they work.

We started to discuss the new hay and decided we should get it. This was not the same hay we always get, it was meadow hay. It is full of grasses, flowers, and herbs. I said we could get it as long as we have a fresh supply of our regular hay to be able to mix with the new hay. Then it dawned on me that if this farmer was downsizing his herd, then he would no doubt have other items we might be interested in. I was right. He had fantastic fencing and gates and even hay racks that sit on top of a fence and can be used by animals on both sides. This was just great. We are going to have to separate our boxes off to make room for everyone quite soon. Our herd is growing and our boxes are large enough to section off into maybe 4 sections, still giving new mothers with their babies plenty of space to bond and stretch their legs, when kept inside.

The thought of having new fencing for our outdoor “baby play yard” and that we would have a real functioning gate, really makes me smile.

The thought of all those fence sections we could have to separate our boxes, really makes me smile.

The thought of those cute little hay racks that could fit over the new fencing and feed 2 goat families, really makes me smile.

The thought of all that beautiful new hay in those huge bales feeding all my goats, really makes me smile.

The thought of my husband saying ok to all those new purchases for our stable, really makes me smile.

Here are our new bales:

Our new bales of meadow hay on our trailer arrive home

Our new bales of meadow hay on our trailer arrive home

Everyone has a trailer hitch on their vehicle and a trailer of some sort. Deliveries here in Sweden are ridiculously expensive,  so everyone does it themselves. Max  is wearing one of his winter coats, not because of the amount of snow but because of the temperature, it was -10 on this day.

Just look at our big beautiful bales!

Just look at our big beautiful bales!

We are very thankful that the sheep farmer , Roger helped put the bales on the trailer with his tractor, and then assisted my husband in securing them , since we had about 40 minutes drive back to Gullringstorp.

I was able to help my husband back the trailer in as close to the stable door as possible

I was able to help my husband back the trailer in as close to the stable door as possible

I was really not that  much help since my husband has had plenty of practice, backing that trailer up. But it was nice of him to ask for my help.

There's my husband making way for the bales to go inside

There's my husband making way for the bales to go inside

Here is our 20 bales of hay that we always get

Here is our 20 bales of hay that we always get, pretty aren't they?

We were able to get one bale off the trailer but that was as far as we were able to move it. thank goodness for out tractor to help push it through the stable door

We were able to get one bale off the trailer but that was as far as we were able to move it. thank goodness for out tractor to help push it through the door

One more push and it was in !!

One more push and it was in !!

Thank you husband and your fabulous tractor

Thank you husband and your fabulous tractor !

There it is, one of our bales. Now the fun starts, trying to move this 260 kg bale into our food box

There it is, one of our bales. Now the fun starts, trying to move this 260 kg bale into our food box. Our tractor can't do that for us, darn it !

With a few good shoves, in it went. I helped too!

With a few good shoves, in it went. I helped too!

It's in !!!

It's in !!!

This is a sight that makes this country gal smile !

This is a sight that makes this country gal smile !

What made me smile even wider was the fact that we had not only one bale but two!

What made me smile even wider was the fact that we had not only one bale but two!

Our second bale was placed under the shelter of one of our out buildings for the future

Our second bale was placed under the shelter of one of our out buildings for the future

This time, with a push, the bale kind of rolled downhill into its resting place.

This time, with a push, the bale kind of rolled downhill into its resting place.

This hay is not only beautiful to look at, but the entire stable smells like a springtime meadow.

Welcome back to see photos of the meadow hay and our new fencing and hay racks.

If you are a country gal or even a city girl, won’t you share with us what makes you smile?