Saturday, June 25, 2011

What a week!

This week I had organized for a Billy goat to come and pay a visit to my girls.
After having cleaned the rabbit cages I raced to school to pick him up.
What a handsome boy. Here's a video of the first meeting!

Riley and the girls

Today, Saturday night,

I'm in the weirdest position now: waiting, for not sure what?!
The girls are showing such different behaviours since Riley's turned up: the smaller stroppy one is becoming quite attached and cuddly, stopped head butting! And sleeps in the box with him. The bigger one, more sedate has started packing strops!! She sleeps in the middle of the paddock, even though a covered barn is available. And today I thought I'd leave them all day together in the paddock so they'd have all day to get used to each other.
Well that went down like a lead balloon with the bigger one. In the end she somehow managed to get out and Riley had followed!!!

Even though he behaves as if she is or coming into heat, she is NOT interested! I'm getting the dirtiest looks from her and she's complaining ALL day.

And hubby is definitely NOT interested in getting a buck for good. He reckons he can smell him from the house! And he's not interested in the details of goat mating behaviour!!!!!!

So, now I'm sitting here, checking their bums several times daily if they change appearance and not really sure what to do.

Patience is not my greatest virtue, and the first time I expected bunny babies 30 days seemed incredibly long, but that seems to fly by now in comparison.

Never a dull day I suppose.

OH is worried about the state of my nerves if/when we actually will expect kids!!! I better make that barn VERY comfy, I can imagine myself spending the night there for the first lots.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A good day

For the past week, it all started with the full moon more or less, the goats have been very naughty and escaping from their paddock every minute of the day and the night! In the end I have been tethering them up even over night, NOT something I like to do.
In the last couple of days, as the weather has been improving a bit, I have been able to take them out for browsing again, and today I managed to "finish" the fence temporarily. Don't even ask for photos, such a visual mess, but I'm hoping it'll keep them in.
BECAUSE, tomorrow, if all goes well, we'll have a billy goat to visit them for a couple of weeks or months. Depending on how long it takes him to get them pregnant!!!!!! And supposedly he's very well behaved and I don't want the girls to teach him naughty tricks.

On top of that I managed to finish a video clip for a band and try out my new mincer.
Last week I had butchered two roosters and today my son gave it all turning the meat into mince. Boy, did he love the workout! And he even ate the resulting meat patties. "They taste just like meat balls" Good!!!
Now to bake another batch of Stollen, as Thank You's for all the friendly helpers and for the family.

As I had been sick, had sick kids and sick goat at home, and after today's physical exertion I'm feeling quite ready to hit the sack and get a good night's sleep in.
Still got rabbit cages and hen house to clean, so let's hope for good, dry weather for this week.

And on another side note, last weekend I went to Wellington to see and hear Rosy Tin Teacaddy and Bond Street Bridge. What an aural feast! So grateful for the pleasure and beauty their songs brought into my life again.
Highly recommended for quality songwriting and singing:
Rosy Tin Teacaddy  and Bond Street Bridge on Facebook.