Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The sun is shining today. We've needed the rain, but 4 dreary days in a row was starting to wear on me. Hopefully I'll have some time to hunt for mushrooms today.

Homeschooling started back last week. So far so good with the exception of hyper housebound boys the last couple days (see comments on weather). I really like the Sonlight curriculum. It's been a bit of a challenge to juggle the farm and homeschooling. I'm still trying to find areas that I can cut back on farm responsibilities and areas where I can put the kids in charge of their own education.

In the midst of all this, I'm trying to get the goats ready for breeding. I am taking deposits on kids this year, but that means that I have to get everyone clipped, photographed, and posted online to people know what they're buying.  I may just have to take pictures of Magnum from a distance. He stinks so bad!
Hammock Haven Lichen Lulu

Hammock Haven Magnus Opal

I'm off to get the milking done and then a long day of teaching.


  1. I hear ya on taking pics of the bucks!
    I'm needing to take pictures of our goats for a website I'm making, so I can sell the kids. Before I got a chance to snap pics of the bucks they came into rut. In June!!!! They were out with the herd and we had to drag them home, as they were breeding the does (who are still nursing their kids!). 108 degree temps and rut should never be combined ; ) In all the years we have raised goats we have never had our goats come into season so early. So strange when its supposedly controlled by day length.

    1. My boy too, it's crazy! I wonder what it means for the winter. Last fall I had several hens go broody in Sept-Oct. I thought that probably portended a harsh winter. I was right. But this would mean January kids. I hope it means a mild winter!

  2. Kristin-
    Our friend in Idaho, said her daughter told her, the "bear grass" is the thickest she has ever seen. Apparently it is common Indian knowledge that when the bear grass is thick, it means a really cold winter. I'm not looking forward to a colder winter than last year. I hope that's not how things turn out.