After a very busy Fall season and pumpkin Patch , it seems that Fall is a memory and christmas is in the air..
We live here on our small german heritage farm with 14 barn cats, 25 Heritage Turkeys,40 Chickens, 5 peacocks 6 LGD (livestock guardian dogs great pyranees)9 ducks and
64 dairy goats (all the females 55 of them are pregnant and are ready for delivering their babies starting jan 1st.)we had to get our heat lamps going and bed down the goathouse with extra hay to keep everyone warm on these cold nights we have been having.Black walnuts and hickory nuts have to be hulled and packeaged to sell at market for christmas sales.There isnt enough time in the day to get everything done!
Everyday goes by very very fast here and we wonder how we made it through another day.We dont have milk to make cheese forthe last 4 mos and have to bake and make soap and jellies and candies to sell at farmers markets to pay for our hay and goat feed and animal feed each day... until our 1st babies are born then we will have dairy income to sell.I enjoy making all the baked goods and all the jellies from our farms wild harvests we find in the woods...
Then We have a lil goat named RAY that is disabled from a stroke at birth and he isnt thriving in the cold snap we just had. He collapses now about 5 times a day and i take him everywhere i go on the farm so he knows hes with me and safe and comforted.he continues to push on for me because he knows i love him dearly.He will act completely normal for hours and graze with the herd and then u turn around and hes laying there... it just breaks your heart .I look forward to taking care of him each day. he lays on a blanket by the fireplace and sleeps in our living room.
Today we get ready for the weekend markets and im baking german stollen, gingerbread and making huckleberry syrup for pancakes we found the berries in our woods.its very very yummy.id better get in the kitchen now!