23 September, 2013

Beautiful spring days!

I'm determined to get my vegetable patch up and running this year, after our house burnt down a lot of things have been neglected and the veggie patch has been one of them. We just had 70mm of rain and the ground is just right to turn it over and remove the thick grass and roots from the ground. My lovely hubby has erected a fence and gate for me to keep the dogs and goats out.

The rain has made my work a lot easier pulling these grass roots out. My leeks are still going strong, I usually cut my leeks just below the ground so that they will reproduce next season.


These are my raised beds, I still have a lot of work ahead of me to get them ready for planting. My hubby said he'll make a couple of trellises for my beans and other vines. I'm going to try and grow everything possible because I'm wanting to have enough to feed ourselves, children and grandchildren as well as bottling, preserving and maybe sell, barter and give to others in need. We have been having beautiful springs days and they have been getting longer, daylight savings is just around the corner.

19 September, 2013

The paddocks are alive with babies!

The paddocks are alive with babies, at the moment all my goats have kidded except one which gives me 16 kids. The sheep have done pretty well also but I will have to wait till I get them all in for shearing before I can do a tally.
I was so excited when this little black beauty was born, the father was a British Alpine. With having all white Saanens it was a nice change.
 We just had 70mm of rain after nearly 30 dry days it was a breath of fresh air and the paddocks are starting to show the green. I had to start thinking seriously about my herd of goats, I've decided to give away two of my wethers which I have  had from the beginning but I know they are going to a good home. At present I have 17 goats and 14 kids plus that sheep below which has been with the angoras since it was a week old.
I have sold one of the angoras and started advertising the little wethers. I am now milking six goats and the milk I pasteurize and feed to the babies so life is a little hectic. With having so many goats one of the problems we are having is a few of them are jumping fences and getting out, you'd think with 88 acres to roam they would be happy but no apparently the grass outside the front gate is the best. So now we are setting up electric fencing.

Farewell "Buddy Surprise"

Farewell "Buddy Surprise"