The water is fully hooked up and in working order, so we are now turning our attention to the septic system. Unfortunately it needs a complete overhaul. So it's looking like it will be at least another week.
There are still odd jobs to attend to in the meantime - trim, baseboard, painting said trim and baseboard, as well as continuing to clean up the barn in prep for storage.
I ripped down all of the old, moldy drywall and insulation in the barn, and then scrubbed down the mold.
|Hay storage, at last!|
Speaking of farm things, we acquired a few exciting additions this week...
A friend of mine was having to move away at late notice and sell off her animals. So I purchased a trio of New Zealands from her (a broken black buck and two REW does).
One doe even came with a litter 3, wk-old kits.
Nutmeg and her daughter, Cinnamon, are super sweet and gentle, and just the right size, I think!
They are both proven milkers, but are dry currently. They may also possibly be bred, since they were running with a buck up until June.
I am over the moon ecstatic. I have wanted dairy goats since I was a teenager, and I'm even more thrilled that Ian gets to share in the experience.
Once we finish enclosing the new rabbitry we will convert the rabbit shed into a goat barn and set them up a permanent paddock. We will also get portable electric netting so we can rotate them around the properties.
The rest of our farm still resides in our dusty backyard.
I also discovered something exciting about my geese.
So that means he must actually be a she!! (Or I have some really freaky geese.)
It looks like she needs a more feminine name.
With mating behavior beginning, they may start laying eggs this winter. I probably won't hatch any until the spring, however.
My first fall litters are due in a week, and our rabbitry will be bursting at the seams!
So our daily routine goes a little like this: we get up and take care of the animals at the park house, then pack up the car and head over to the farm to work. After spending most of the day there we hurry back at sunset to get our birds fed and closed up for the night.
It's a little frustrating (and exhausting) to have our farm spread out between two places, but soon enough we will all be together in the hollow.
|I no longer have to sit and imagine goats grazing on this hillside - we have goats and they WILL be grazing on this hillside!! Can you believe it?|