I do apologize for not having taken the time for some updates and news. The days just fly past and suddenly another week or month is gone. The babies are growing like gangbusters, and we are finally, finally getting some reasonable weather, 70F, breezy and sunny. Playtime out on the big rock may now begin in earnest!
Unfortunately, I have news of the farm. I struggled with this all late winter and early spring, and finally have made the decision to let the goats and Jingle the Donkey go. I can’t even tell you how difficult this is for me, but I am not up to the work anymore, and I don’t think I could manage another winter as icy as this recent one. I suspect that winters here will continue to get warmer, which will only mean that much more ice for us here on the coast.
I am certainly fine with the day to day chores in the fine weather, but I am falling behind on the real infrastructure maintenance, both physically and monetarily. I am on a fixed retirement income, and am just managing the hay prices, which keep going up. (I ran out of hay right around the time the babies were born, and this time of year is not optimal to be buying it as everyone is jacking up the prices to ridiculous levels). I am hoping that farmers are out making hay this weekend, as we are having a beautiful 4-day stretch of lovely!
And so awhile back I slowly put the word out that my goats are available, and I have to say that all but one buckling has been spoken for at this point. Peanut was a particularly special case, as I needed to find her a home where she will not be bred (not easy at all). But, a friend contacted a friend of hers and Peanut now lives the life of luxury not far from here, on a place where some horses and another adorable goat were rescued. I have visited her and she is loving life! Not being pushed around by the older goats here anymore, she is simply best buds with the dwarf goat over there (they have a great view, also! I am jealous).
I have also found wonderful homes for the other mamas and babies, and Jingle the Donkey is going up to a farm not far from here to live with other donkeys and horses. A great setting for my lovable girl.
And so it goes. I have always thought that I would have my goats until I was at least 70, but that may have been wishful thinking! It took a very long time for me to make the final decision, but in the end I knew that it was the right one. I can never go anywhere between April and October because of kidding and then milking, so this will allow me to do a little traveling in the good weather, as well as actually having the money to do other things. (Although I am seriously mourning the loss of that lovely milk and the chevre…)
The mamas and babies will be leaving toward the end of this month or early July. It’s going to be altogether too quiet around here very soon!