Well here we are, we’ve been on the farm for three months now and guess what? This week, we bought goats! You see, a few months back we met a man named Harold. He’s the goat guy around these parts and he comes highly recommended for his love and passion for goats. He raises Nigerian Dwarf goats which is exactly the breed of goats we were wanting to raise! After meeting Harold he agreed to sell us two doelings (did you know that female goats are called does and baby females are called doelings?) once they were weened from their mothers. So, I would like to introduce you to the newest members of our family and farm….Anne (with an “e”) and Marilla our 4 month old Dwarf Nigerian goats!
The days have lengthened and we have finally left behind the coolness of spring. What do you do to celebrate the return of summer? Catch Fireflies and drink Root-beer Floats of course!
This week on the farm, we harvested honey from our honey bee hives! That’s right, the delicious liquid gold flowed into quart after quart jar leaving us all with a slight sugar rush and feeling like a heat stroke was immanent. Why? Let’s just say you can’t press honey comb without heat and without getting the honey on your fingers.
This week started off with a bang as the small herd of large cattle we have broke through their fence and made it half way to town before we were notified by the sheriff! Oh, dear! We had to bring the big cows to the small pasture, closer to the house and take the baby cows to the pasture that holds the medium sized cows. We were planning on doing all of this anyway. We just thought it would be another week or two, ha! Our son went with the men and learned all about mending fences. Everything was going well and was mending up fine, until Uncle Johnny accidentally sent a tree through said fence. It was a cherry tree that was about to fall down anyway so Uncle Johnny tried to cut it down…but accidentally caused it to fall back on the fence.
Welcome to our week in review! We have been living on my sisters farm now for over a month and I think we are finally starting to find our rhythm! Farm life has so much to offer our children as they connect with nature and the animals all around them.
As many of you know our family moved to my sisters farm in East Tennessee in April. You can see how our first two weeks, of adjusting to farm life, went here and here. This move has been such a blessing for our family, but it has also taken some getting used to. Life on the farm is very different from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta! Beekeeping, for example, isn’t something that we saw much of…if any…in our old town. I’m sure it was there. We just didn’t know anyone that did it. Here on the farm uncle Joe and his uncle Johnny have honey bees! They have taken our son, Gabriel, and I under their wing and are teaching us everything they know.
It’s really fabulous to watch the kids bonding with all of the farm animals. To capture that moment when two kindred spirits meet is a magical thing.
This week the children and I decided to take a little holiday together. My husband couldn’t come because he was needed at work. So the children and I left the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, for a short time, and enjoyed the green pastures and slow pace of my sisters farm.
The children, my husband and I had the most wonderful vacation at my sister and brother-in-law’s farm. There was plenty to do and see. Our daughter, Jade, was old enough this year to help feed and water the cows. Something she looked forward to every morning.