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Out in the sun

Grazing goats

Artemesia has been putting so much food in her belly lately that she's a bit ungainly on her feet. Meanwhile, the only good grazing is now on steep hillsides full of thorny blackberry Honeysuckle tanglebrambles. So while it's been cold and wet, I've been pulling honeysuckle off the side of the barn and taking it to my pregnant doe in the coop. (No, of course she's not spoiled!)

But Saturday was so beautiful, Artie seemed more willing to go out. She gamely climbed up onto the rise that separates our trailer from the floodplain and everything was delightful...until the time came to get her down. Then I had to beg her and tease her and even pull on the leash a little bit. But I'm sure the sun still did her good and all that fresh forage will be much appreciated by her growing kidlets.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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