I have a hard time believing how much time has passed since I was last able to post on here. September was SOO long ago and a great deal has been happening here since that time. I will do my best to give an accurate and full update here but this may take some time and afew more posts as well to get it all in. School has been particularly brutal on me this term and hasn't given me an ounce of free space to really focus on the farm all that much and that includes keeping this blog and website updated. Doing an honours year is a great thing but extremely tough as well but I know all the hard work will pay off. The good news is that I will be officially graduating in June and will have plenty of time at that point to keep this dream going! This post is bound to be a long one as I fill in all the holes from the last few months.
Let's start with the amazing picture posted above! This painting entitled "Canadian Goatic" was lovingly painted by Geordon's neices Natalie and Jessica and given to us as a Christmas gift. We just had to show it off here! The girls did a wonderful job at not only capturing us but the personality of several of our goats as well! We are thrilled and honoured to have received such an amazing and thoughtful gift. Thanks girls! xoxoxox
One of the biggest and most absent bits of news I guess on here would be our attendance at the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as exhibitors this year. We did attend and compete at the Royal this past November and it was a memorable experience for sure and one that we look forward to repeating year after year. Carmela, Maisie, Cassi and myself spent four days at the Royal where we met some amazing people and learned so much about showing.
** I appologize for not having better photos. Geordon was being the *ahem* photographer on show day and clearly was distracted and not thinking about getting good photos.**
Carmela placed 1st in her class, Maisie and Cassi both placed 2nd in theirs. We
did not win any great awards or championships there this year but we were
completely thrilled and delighted to be there and to have any ribbons from The
Royal is an accomplishment all on its own to be proud of! Next year we will go
again and hope to do even better! We look forward to the 2013 show season!
Breeding season is wrapping up here. All of our girls are bred to their chosen mate with the exception of Cassiopeia who must wait another month or so before I breed her. Spring kiddings will begin with CC who is due first at the very end of March. Bonnie, Maisie, and Lucy will follow in April with Dixie, Carmela, Mimi and Donna all due in early May. It is sure to be a very exciting time here with kidding season! Jose was chosen to breed 5 of our does this time around and we can`t wait to see what his genetics will add to our herd. Gigalo and Shaemus have both also been used for breeding this year. We hope for many happy, healthy doelings!!
We had a beautiful autumn here this year with some amazingly warm sunny days which allowed for us to enjoy many wonderful hikes with the goats. With the snow comes the end to the majority of our hiking days as the snow just gets too deep for the goats to comfortably walk in. Here are some wonderful photos of our Thanksgiving Day hike though :o)
The holidays are always a fun time here at the Meadows. We try our hardest to ensure that every Christmas is spent with an abundance of relaxation and peace, free from all the drama and stress that the holidays bring to so many. This year we spent the holidays with my dear Mama Melina and her boyfriend Red having lots of laughs, good food and making lasting memories. Our son Daniel surprised us all by proposing to his girlfriend Erica! We are excited for them as they move forward making their own life together. Here are some pictures taken over the 2012 holiday season here.
We were blessed with a happy donation of left over Christmas trees generously donated to us by our friends at Dean's Home Hardware located in Port Sydney, ON. Our goats really loved the different variety of trees they received! We also received one from the Cook family from Huntsville, ON. We are always on the look out for more so if you are in the Huntsville area and have a real tree free from tinsel and sprays then we would love to hear from you!
Well I think that sums up the important bits of what has been happening around here for the last few months. I will write another post very soon about an exciting new project I have started but will leave it for it's own post. Hint - think goat milk ice cream!! YUM! Stay tuned for more info!
From all of us at Sky River Meadows, we want to wish all the best to everyone in 2013. May blessings and happiness be in all your days to come!
Fall is a busy time for us every year. Summer seems to disappear so quickly and then suddenly we find ourselves in need of catching up to the winter preparations so quickly. Every year we make great plans for getting things done early but as always around here, our needs always come last to the needs of our animals. We know that every year we need to get A B C and D done but always seem to come up with new ideas that can improve the lives of our four legged children so we tend to spend all our time and resources on them. With the new barn and enclosure recently occupying our free time, we forget to take care of ourselves as well. That all being said, this past weekend week was our wakeup call! With temperatures dipping into the negatives overnight, we knew for sure we had to get things done so this past weekend was spent not just enjoying Thanksgiving but also getting in our winters wood. With an abundance of family and friends around at this time of year however, we delight in seeing that many hands do indeed make light work! The past month has been busy around here though and we wouldn't have accomplished as much as we have without the hard work of our family and friends. Geordon and I would like
to especially thank my brother Chris for volunteering so much of his time and strong back when we need it, and our friend Kevin who has not only worked hard helping us recently but has also bled because of it! How's that finger Kevin?? :o) A special mention should also go out to Shannon for all of her hard work when she spends every other Saturday with us. She not only helped build a fence and barn, but this past Saturday also moved and stacked over 4 cord of wood and
helped to build some great new kid toys! Not bad for a twelve year old girl eh? Our newest contraption/kid toy is the Goat-y-go-Round! This was built using the base of an old swivel chair and it a huge hit with the kids! I am not sure how we will top this for goat entertainment, but we of course will keep trying to outdo ourselves!
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
- Anatole France
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