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Feb 2015
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Gardening in the Winter.

We got a little closer to normal today after some late Winter gardening.

Thank you for your hope and prayers during this difficult episode.

Posted Tue Feb 21 15:29:58 2017 Tags:
Anna Oops?
Goat bridge

So, you know how they tell you not to jump into a new relationship right away after a very important breakup? That's extremely good advice. The trouble is that Aurora started screaming the minute we carried her mother out of the barn. For her sake, we couldn't wait. So we went to check out John and Jeanne's farm in Lee County.

Dwarf nigerians

I'd already cried a couple of gallons at that point, but was doing my best to put on a good face. Still, I have to admit I wasn't 100% as I picked out our new doeling from a herd of twenty contenders.

Wether

How can I be so sure I was off the mark? Well, when we got our new doeling home, she peeed...without squatting...and I realized we'd accidentally purchased a wether. Oops. Now what're we gonna do?

Posted Tue Feb 21 07:21:21 2017 Tags:
Artemesia
June 2014 - February 20, 2017

We loved you, Artemesia. You were far more than a goat and I feel lucky to have enjoyed even such a short time as part of your herd.

May the honeysuckle be copious and the pastures green on your side of the fence. We'll never forget you.

Posted Mon Feb 20 15:02:19 2017 Tags:
Baby goats

Despite a niggling sense of deep disloyalty, we decided Saturday that Aurora needs a new friend. So I called up the folks who were disbudding their Dwarf Nigerians at the same time Aurora's little horns were being burnt off.

"Any chance you have a goat for sale?" I asked.

"We've got several," they answered. "Come on over Monday."

Life goes on. Today we're taking a trip to see how those little cuties look all grown up.

Posted Mon Feb 20 06:17:45 2017 Tags:
Doeling

Holding a sick goat in your arms for a long February day is like experiencing a road trip as a child. You have a vague idea of where you're going and why, but no control over the route or how long it will take to get there.

If you're lucky, your seat mate brought some cud to chew and is willing to submit to the boredom of joint napping. Otherwise, it will be a long series of "No, don't eat my notebook. No, don't jump on your mother. No, just no."

Visiting chickens

The sights alternate between seemingly endless monotony and moments of surprising wonder. Like when the chickens travel far outside their usual stomping grounds and come to call.

You've never brought enough books. Or at least not quite the right books. But it somehow doesn't matter because you end up suspended in an endless now.

And if it's an overnight trip? Well, then you sleep fitfully and wake early, hoping today's road will be straighter, the path less windy, and the destination more clear.

Thank you all for the secondhand hope. It's much appreciated.

Posted Sun Feb 19 06:40:13 2017 Tags:
Chain table update one year later.

We've been using the chain suspended counter for a year now.

The chains are pretty much out of the way once you get used to their location.

Posted Sat Feb 18 16:08:31 2017 Tags:
Daffodil bud

Our month-long goat rollercoaster is on another downswing at the moment. Artemesia was doing much better, with the exception of serious weakness in her hind end, earlier in the week. So the vet prescribed selenium (for the weakness) and recommended trying to take her off the antibiotics.

Within 48 hours, she was back to circling as best she could on her wobbly hind legs. The vet, once again, was out of town, so we put her back on antibiotics, hand feeding, and hope. If you've got some of the latter to spare, please send it our way.

Posted Sat Feb 18 07:10:37 2017 Tags:
Truck being winched up on to a roll back wrecker.

Our old farm truck broke a serpentine belt today.

Lucky for me that it was before I loaded it up with gravel.

It was nice when two people stopped to see if I needed help.

Posted Fri Feb 17 15:09:42 2017 Tags:
Cardboard mycelium barrier

We didn't order any spawn, so how do we plan to get fungi into our new mushroom logs? The idea is to riff off our recent mini-log success and see if we can get mycelium to run from existing logs into fresh new wood.

After bringing three sycamore logs home to our mushroom station, I soaked corrugated cardboard in warm water and layered the wet paper product on top of the fresh logs. Corrugated cardboard is a perfect environment for spawn, so it should tempt the existing fungi out of their old logs and into the new.

Shiitake logs

Speaking of old logs, we stacked three of those on top of the cardboard layer. I was careful to choose all logs of the same variety since I want to get a triple dose of inoculation rather than having different types of shiitakes fighting it out for the fresh wood.

As a side note, I fully expect the three old logs to stop fruiting as soon as they notice the fresh substrate beneath them. In general, fungi are either colonizing new ground as fast as they can or popping out mushrooms to spread their spores, never doing both at the same time. So if you only have a few logs, you might not want to try this at home --- your fruiting logs will be out of commission for as long as they're spreading spawn down below.

Of course, this is all hypothetical at the moment. Time to settle in to wait and see what happens!

Posted Fri Feb 17 07:16:09 2017 Tags:
Goat tire installation.
We installed another tire to help Aurora feel special and tall.
Posted Thu Feb 16 15:12:40 2017 Tags:

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