Saturday, June 20, 2009

Digging Post-Holes

Things are going pretty good around here. I was up and digging post holes at 8:30 AM today and only came inside to eat lunch, go to the hardware store, get Finn down for a nap, and eat supper (other than a couple of constitutionals ;) ). I just got through for the day and had a shower and moved another free couch into the house (not sure where this one is gonna go but it is the nicest of the bunch).

We started putting in the new fencing for the buck pen this morning. We then took a break to go get quick-crete for the fence posts (but didn't get it poured in before we started project #2). We have all the fence holes dug and all the T-posts pounded in, we just have to pour the crete in the morning and then run the fencing probably Monday evening. It is less than half the size of the other pen, but should only have 3 goats in permanent residence at one time in the future.

Project #2 is/was putting together Finn's new playground-tower-swing set. Friend and cousin Mark Nugent stopped by for a visit and tour of the homestead this afternoon and pitched in to help us fumble through the beginning stages of the playset assembly. When Gerry and I finally called it quits for the day it was about 9 PM. We got the structure together, the decking installed, and the whole thing anchored into the ground. Tomorrow I have to put together the rest of it; maybe it won't be that bad.

I don't know if you noticed the goat roll call over to the right side of the blog, but we added another goat yesterday. I know I should have probably waited a little longer to make sure everybody was 100% before bringing in a newbie, but I decided to go ahead and get this Nigerian Dwarf doe before she got snatched up. The only reason the lady was selling her was because she was the only goat in her herd that still had its horns. I have been wanting to add some more goats to the homestead here, but have been holding off because of the issues we were having with the others. Now we are back up to 7 goats, and you see the reason I need to get the buck pen finished (since Nigerian Dwarfs go into heat all year round and I don't want her getting bred to Tolstoy the Boer). These pictures were from the previous owner; I'll take some in a day or two.

She is getting along okay with the rest of the group so far, but has been kind of vocal, I am assuming because of the move and new surroundings. I don't think she is in heat right now because the boys are messing with her at all, which is a good thing... So now I need a Nigerian Buck to see if we can't breed some mini-lamanchas as well as to breed with our new member BoPeep (prenamed). Then we'll have our mini-dairy buck, meat goat buck, and a tweener leaning towards the dairy side (Guthrie). I thought about getting an oberhasli/nigerian dwarf buckling for our mini-buck, but I think they want too much for him and I don't know how that would go with the full ND doe.

We picked most of the vidalia onions today since the tops turned brown and fell over the other day after we spent a couple of hours weeding them a week ago. They got to be a decent size; maybe the red onions will catch up. We have part of a trellis up for the beans (that is another partially finished project).

That is all for tonight. I'll tell the world a little more in the days to come, just stick around... ;)

Oh yeah, I wanted to share this picture I found. Can you guess what it is?

A mountain of Buffalo skulls from 1870. It is ridiculous that this was government sanctioned isn't it? They thought that wiping out an entire species just to make it hard on the Indian was a pretty fair trade... Unbelievable.

3 comments:

  1. The new goat is very pretty! Wow that picture of the buffalo skulls is both amazing and really sad.

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  2. Congratulations on your new goat. Adorable! I did get a chance to view the group picture of the goats you have and they are all so adorable. I am working on getting a few diary goats to add to my homestead. The picture of the buffalo skulls would not load which is probably due to my ancient dial up service here in my neck of the woods. The thought of what they did is depressing.

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  3. Thanks! I am on ancient dial-up as well, so I understand your plight.

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