Was a totally grey one. November has been pretty true to form, and as the leaves have finally left the trees, we have seen almost no sunny days. It’s ok, this is what November is all about. Good knitting and cooking weather!
This morning I made my annual trek to Maple Lane Pottery‘s annual small business weekend sale. I love Robbi, and she not only has a great lineup of pottery items, but she has a few other small business folk there as well. Cari Balbo of Ridge Pond Herbals was there and I was able to get my new supply of winter face and skin creams in. It’s always fun and I could not restrain myself when I saw that Robbi had a mug with Guinea Fowl painted on it. How could I pass that up???
In the Ruit Farm goat world, we decided that today would be the day to take Reddog the Buck out of circulation. We have had him in with the 4 girls since Wednesday, October 12th, which makes it a total of 46 days. Goats have an estrus cycle of anywhere from 17-24 days, but the average is about 21 days. So we are a little over two average cycles, and no one has really appeared to be in a second heat. Reddog has spent most of his recent time at the fenceline, ogling the girls over there, hoping for some action. Poor guy, he really didn’t have too much of a challenge with just 4 does to breed.
After we moved Reddog back into the buck paddock with Oreo and Jingle the donkey, we opened the gate between the two girl paddocks. And there we had our afternoon entertainment! It took a few minutes for one of them to find the door, but after that, it was a free-for-all of head butting and running around. Beezus, who has been sharing a pen with Saffron and Battie, the Guernsey girls, turned around and pursued Saffron for at least a half hour. They were nuts. Fergus the buckling took the opportunity to try his moves on Pippi while she was busy fighting off all comers from the top of the big rock. I have to give him lots of points, he really keeps trying! Zelda the beautiful wandered into the opposite pen and found a new head-scratching post, and ignored the rest of the fray. Always a work in progress.
And so it goes. I am hoping that my friend Jane, who co-owns Reddog, can come by and pick him up soon so that he can do some work at her farm. 3 of the non-bred girls are currently for sale, and even though I thought they were spoken for, I think I may need to re-advertise them. It’s all good. I only want Zelda, Pickles and Sassafras to go to a good home with someone who will really appreciate all that they have to offer.
And, I can’t believe it’s almost December!