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We got a little closer to
normal today after some late Winter gardening.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've been using the chain
suspended counter for a year now.
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.
Our old farm truck broke a
serpentine belt today.
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.
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.
We installed another tire to help Aurora feel special and tall.
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