Friday, March 14, 2014

Farm Friday

Today I was away from home most of the day - going to my weekly yoga session, running my usual weekly errands, making a few deliveries to customers, and making my monthly run to one of the health food stores to stock up on bulk ingredients and other organic foods not available in our area.  So, today's going to be a quick recap of the week.

After having several inches of snow last week (which prevented us from attending a farming workshop), we had lovely weather on Wednesday, with the temperature getting up to 74.  Then the temperature plummeted again, with a temperature of 18 greeting us this morning.  Spring won't come soon enough.

Last weekend we purchased another round bale of hay to feed the goats.  To get the round bales, we drive to a farm about 20 miles away where they load it into our pickup.  This is the easy part.  The hard part is getting a 1200 pound bale of hay out of the truck and onto the pasture.  First we have to pen up the goats - it's dangerous for them when we're unloading the hay.  Why?  Because we have to get up into the bed of the truck and push it out with our feet because we don't have the equipment to unload it any other way.  As we were doing this, Bill commented that you'd pay a gym good money to get that kind of workout.  Very true.

A neighbor heard we needed hay and kindly brought some more round bales to the farm.  So we didn't get the fantastic gym workout that usually comes with a bale of hay nor will we need to buy more hay before spring.  A win-win situation.

Our goat Missy gave birth to two beautiful females this week.  Two more goats - Fancy and Madonna - look like they will be kidding any day now.

Last night our dog Ginny got skunked.  This is not the first time it has happened.  And it probably won't be the last.  She just cannot make the connection between the unfortunate incident with the black and white striped critter and being banished from the house.  I really hate to make her stay outside overnight, so after I returned from my errands, I spent quite a while bathing her with a combination of baking soda, peroxide, and dog shampoo.  (Have I mentioned that she hates baths?)  It didn't get all the smell out but it got enough out that she can return to the house.

Here are a few scenes from around the farm:
Mr. Fabulous has a new hiding place

On top of our garage door

Here's one of the 1200 pound bales of hay

Missy's newborn kids

Squeaky with some of his friends
Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

Aimee said...

That first cat picture had me cackling, it is so funny! Yeah, when my Daisy was alive, we learned the old adage "there are two kinds of dogs out there - ones who learn, and ones who don't after they get skunked". Heh. Guess yours and Daisy have the same lack of ability to connect :)