Looking forward

Spring is creeping upon us. We’ve been busy the past month in quiet preparations…

We got our order from Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds in the beginning of February. We placed a truly massive order this year because of the garden expansion project.

We’ve been calling and checking up on our impending piglet’s, due any time!

We visited a wonderful couple who breed Icelandic sheep and got a great education on the breed. Our lambs are due in May and can come home with us once they are fully weaned in August. Icelandic’s are known as a triple-purpose breed of sheep; they are excellent for wool, milk and meat.

Icelandic lamb. Photo from isbona.com

The milk part has recently become less important because…

We rather spontaneously got two LaMancha goats (they are one of the top goat milking breeds, so no more worrying about adequate milk from the sheep to make cheese!). We got the goats because I have been having a little trepidation about the sheep lately, mainly because a LOT of people complain of them not being very hardy, and also being super susceptible to illness. I figured if I had the sheep’s cousin first (are they actually cousins?) that I would feel more comfortable when the sheep arrive.

And these ladies are so cute, it wasn’t a hard decision to make! They will be of breedable weight by this fall, so we can hope for a new set of kids a year from now ~ and LOTS of yummy milk and homemade cheese!

Their names are Sweetpea and Daisy, respectively. Oh yes ~ we are very cutesy at our farm. 😉

So needless to say, my husband is pretty busy in his spare time trying to get all the fencing up for these arrivals. We decided the greenhouse project must be postponed until this summer, to have in time for autumn use. The most pressing project right now is all the different fences! But I wanted to show something he and Sophia built together, real quick. She had so much fun with him on this project. Then she painted it, and ~ voila! The most stylin’ birdhouse our birds have ever seen was the result!

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

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2 Responses to Looking forward

  1. Krystle says:

    You rock! I wish you were my mom! 🙂

  2. Cindy O'Keefe says:

    Awesome Beth!!! You’ll enjoy your goats…we love our 4! We can’t wait to come visit! xo

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