Here it is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. The skies are currently overcast but I hope they clear for me to see the convergence of Jupiter and Saturn tonight at sunset. Either way, I am happy that it gets closer to spring each day! What strange and interesting times we live in. We are a few days away from both a 2nd lockdown, and Christmas, for which I am very excited about it this year. My inner circle is very small but includes my son and grandson, so I am grateful to be able to spend the holidays with them. Everything is so magical to my grandson at the moment we are just focused on him and all the fun we will have. I am not looking forward to another lockdown as this means our doors must close also. My heart breaks for those who are forced to be alone this Christmas, and for the family I wish I could share it with. You are all in my hearts ❤
A week ago one of my goats, Sky River Meadows Goderich, fell coming out of the gate at dinner time and broke his leg. It was a horrible things to witness and I am just grateful that he wasn't injured even worse, considering the entire herd trampled over him. Fortunately we have a wonderful vet to rely on and Goderich should fully recover. He is in a full leg cast for the next 5 weeks until we can take the cast off and see how the bone has knitted. He will spend his time with his triplet siblings in his private boxstall to limit his activity and ensure he rests well. His sisters Rowena and Ariana seem more distressed than Goderich does, however that could be that he is on pain meds and pretty comfortable. My volunteers have been signing his cast and spending lots of extra time with him. Special thank you to my friend and vet Dr. Kelli Drost, of the Muskoka North Veterinary Services for all of her help putting Goderich back together. It gives me great peace of mind to know that my gang are well look after when they require special medical attention. Kelli has been helping my herd since the very beginning and I can't praise her enough for all she has done, and continues to do to support the health of the herd, so we can do our work .
Over the past week I have been enjoying posting photos to my social media accounts as "The 12 Goats of Christmas". As I know that not everyone is on social media, I wanted to also share these photos here to ensure everyone gets some extra Goaty Christmas cheer this year. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I do! May they bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. 💗
From all of us here at the farm, and from my family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May love and light shine through the darker days, and may you keep hope alive knowing that spring will always come. 🌞