Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today was a Winter Wonderland cold day. Sunny, sparkly and white crusted. Jock's kind of roll in the snow and make snow angels day.
Snickers found her way out to the field to share the goats' food and water and follow them around. I think the kids think she is an odd little goat. She's always been with them, especially since those 14 below days in the warming barrel.
Snickers is like the kid sister that wants to do everything the big brother does. Jock is the embarrassed brother who tries to ignore her.
or wherever he goes...
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Well, the weather became a factor about as soon as the goats went out. That was the last time we saw the sun, as the clouds and snow blew in with the nasty wind that was freezing our ears on the dog's walk. Its been blowing and snowing all day.
So Mr. Labor split a few logs that have been drying since last summer.
One more time.
If you really need to learn, here is a good page to get you started.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
...lettuce, spinach and radishes.
Jock came back to pick me up, and got to tour the barn where they distribute the CSA foods. He also got to run around with Maggie and embarrass us with his bad behavior.
Jen, by the door, telling us about what seeds they plan to start in the germination box they are building.
All these ideas!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Goat can be charming company. You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber. Some Goats: Rachel Carson, Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino, Barbara Walters, Orville Wright.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This article has a couple chuckles snuck in, just when you aren't looking.
Within the editorial is reference to “The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating” which recently appeared on The New York Times’s list of most-viewed stories for 2008.
Check it out.
Sow Those Seeds!
By VERLYN KLINKENBORG
"In August 2004, I wrote a Rural Life editorial about the victory garden movement during World War II, noting that a national crisis had turned Americans — for a few years at least— into a nation of gardeners. Now we are in the midst of another crisis. And perhaps this is the moment for another national home gardening movement, a time when the burgeoning taste for local food converges with the desire to cut costs and take new control over our battered economic lives.
There are signs that some people are already thinking this way. A number of friends have said to me, wistfully, that if things get worse, they’ll just go to the country and learn to farm, as if learning to farm were like studying shorthand or learning to weld. "
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We have had about three decently warm days where the snow and ice from January has ALMOST all melted. I guess they have been under the layers and layers of snow all this time. Well, now I have a spare pair for working guests!
Monday, February 9, 2009
This has been a rough couple of days for the twins, especially Trinity. Actually its been a rough couple of days on the farm hands too.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Inside was a real surprise. Goat news on PAGE ONE of the Wall Street Journal. Who woulda thunk?
"A Lehman-financed venture owes a company called Goats R Us about $53,000. The goats performed fire-prevention by munching shrubs and grass on a property the venture owns in Oakland, Calif."
The main point of the article is not good news for the Goats R Us people, but the story is informative and has some cute bits mixed in. It gives the goats personality, which of course, we goat owners already know about.
"Big land owners use goats for fire control because they are dependable and hard-working. They clear brush and poison oak, which two-legged landscapers try to avoid. The goats also are often preferable to herbicides, especially in residential areas, such as Oak Knoll.
"They were doing a good job at vegetation management,'' says Al Auletta, who was overseeing the project for the Oakland Redevelopment Agency. "The goats were pretty effective at that.""
If you want to read the whole article click below. Its pretty good.
Far Away From Wall Street, a Herd Gets Gored
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
None too soon, as I have seen another cat of unknown origin and sex around the past few days. We did our part adopting these two abandoned cats. They don't need to add to the population. If I need more barn cats, I know where to ask.