Fancy and company sunning themselves.
So far there are 18 kids, with three more does due the end of the month. Then Dottie will have her kids in July. I wasn't going to breed her this year, but she took it upon herself to get bred. She broke out of her pen, went over to the young boy's pen, either chewed or sawed with her horns, the thick baling twine holding the clip to the gate, and got in there. So now she is bred again. I hope she has her kids okay. She's 13 years old this year, and last year she had some problems kidding, so I'm hoping since it will be warm that time of year, she'll be okay. Time will tell.
This is the busiest time of the year for sure. With the Spring clean-up, gardens to get ready to plant, cashmere to harvest and dehair, plus all the normal day to day chores, life on a farm is never dull. I've come to the conclusion that I need three of me. One to do the cooking and cleaning, one to do the gardening and yard work, and one to help with the cashmere. Thank heavens I get some help one or two days a week! I'm hoping a helpxer will come in pretty soon. Having someone here every day for a week or so would really get me caught up and maybe ahead of the game a step or two.
The wonderful guy that has been coming up one or two days a week for the last few months is heading out for his summer job pretty soon, so he won't be around anymore. He's been a great help! His girlfriend has come up a couple of times and helped, too. They are good farmhands! I'll miss them. I hope they come up to visit this summer when they get time off.
Everyone who has come up here has been wonderful, and I am very grateful for their help. I wouldn't be able to keep this place going very well totally by myself. If any of you are reading this, THANK-YOU!
We are supposed to get snow again tomorrow. I hope it's not more than a couple of inches and it melts right away. I am really ready to start my garden, now that the deer can't get in it anymore. This morning I looked out and there were two deer standing by the fence looking into the garden, trying to decide if they could get in there somehow. They gave the fence a good look over, then walked away. YIPPEE! I'm going to have some veggies this fall for the freezer! ☺
Well, time to go comb a goat or two. I'm down to the "clean-up" stage on them. They've all had their initial combing, now I'm getting what's left. On some, it's quite a bit, on others, not so much. Then starting next week I am really going to get serious and get the dehairing machine going. I've only done one fleece so far! 52 fleeces in 40 days. I'll be working long hours. Actually they won't all get done by the first of June, but the CSA shares will be, if nothing drastic happens around here.
I'll post more pictures pretty soon.