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Wow, it’s been awhile. If I blame it on busyness, then it’s just excuses, yet we all know how life can take over- and it has been busy since last I was here.

Had I told you we were moving? We left Madison County and moved to Louisa County in Sept. (still in VA). It has been a great move for the kids- and a fantastic move for the goaties. I did lose some goats this year- Genevieve, Fiyero, and sweet little Floppy. I should have written then, but I just couldn’t. Floppy, who originally wasn’t expected to make it a full year left when he was almost 3. He remained a sweet little happy-go-lucky guy, and he took going downhill and dieing just like he took living- to him it was all good. He didn’t fight it at the end- not to say that he surrendered early- he loved us and loved life- but when it was inevitable he just… went.

kisses from Floppy

kisses from Floppy

 

We had 3 does kid this winter. Elphie’s breeding didn’t take. Cream went first- on Feb. 17 Mephistopheles was born.Baby Mephistopheles

Here he is today…

Mephistopheles at 3 1/2 months

Mephistopheles at 3 1/2 months

 

He has sooooo much sweet silky mohair on him- I can’t wait until his first shearing!

On March 13, pretty Cookies had baby Rae-Ella. She is a fiesty little thing- she was less than a day old when she was climbing all over her mother…

Baby Rae-Ella caught on momma's neck.

Baby Rae-Ella caught on momma’s neck.

Today she is a happy little girl who is hard to catch keeping still!

Rae-Ella in a rare moment of stillness

Rae-Ella in a rare moment of stillness

Last to kid was pretty Rosie. This is her very last breeding, and I so wanted a doe from her. I got my wish, and I couldn’t have asked for a prettier, sweeter little doeling.

little baby Nessie

little baby Nessie

And here she is today…

pretty Nessie

Her mohair is so silky and dense.

We also acquired a few more adults and a bottle baby- will fill you in on them, later.

Oh, and the guy holding newborn Nessie? He’s my husband now.

Now, it’s time for me to go design a sweater for Persimmon Tree Farm- this will also be available with my yarns- it will be a strand of baby boucle mohair and brushed kid mohair held together. Pictures will come, I promise. I will no longer neglect my sweet blog.

 

 

 

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This is Floppy. I picked him up Monday. He’s a little over a week old, and is another bottle baby for me to raise for Kid Hollow while Pat is recovering. There is something wrong with the ligaments on his rear legs, so he needs some extra care and tlc. Along with his bottle. In the time I’ve had him he’s gone from dragging both rear feet to actually putting weight on the bottom of his feet like he should. His hips still seem to be very weak. I’m hoping Dr. Melinda can get out here soon to take a look and help me come up with a physical therapy routine for him.

I know. Enough with the talking, commence with the pictures…

Floppy

Being a house goat has it's perks...

coffee time

This is how coffee time goes in the morning. Usually Jasper is up there, too. See the spilled coffee on the robe? Sorry I couldn’t get a better shot of them- I’m not too good at the arm outstretched self-portrait thing.

Pinkie to a strand of KSH, "Do I know you?"

Oh. You noticed the Kid Silk Haze. What is it going to be? We-ell. I can’t tell you. All I can say is it’s amazing and it’s attached to this:

starry night

This is Black Bunny Fiber’s Stella Sock. It’s a merino/silk/nylon/silver blend sock yarn- soft, sproingy- everything you want in a sock yarn- with real silver. What I’m knitting is super top-secret (shhhhh!) until she publishes the pattern- but trust me, it’s wonderful.

In other news, Jonathan-the-wonder-shearer made it here last weekend, but that’s for another post- I gotta go do some super top-secret knitting while the baby goaties are occupied…

I do have to tell you- having them here is so incredibly fun. Since they are bottle babies, I am momma- so they follow me around and are all over me any chance they get. Horrible for getting things done, but sometimes getting things done is highly over-rated. I know they will go back to Pat’s soon, and my heart will break, but until then I’m just gonna love them to pieces.

Babies!!!

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Hi Baby Enigma

Hi Baby Enigma

Elphie had her kid today- a little doe that I named Enigma- we’re going to call her Nikki. Maybe. I like Enigma. But back when Rosie and Genevieve were due, Carol had thought that since CJ was named for her, I should name a goat baby for Veronik– maybe call her Nikki. And yes, she does deserve a goatie named for her, but I had names all picked out. Then for Elphie, Enigma just stuck- but we still got Nikki. Anyway- in the midst of all this, there was a problem at the farm I farm sit. They had a ewe in labor not making progress. I had the vet coming out there, and I went back to watch the ewe and meet her. Long story short- I delivered a little ram, and when the vet got there, she went fishing and delivered a little ewe. When I went back at dinner time, both were nursing just fine and all was well. Whew.

Back tracking a bit- here’s a picture that should require a cuteness license to post- everyone get ready to say “awwww.” You ready? Ok, here we go:

Who'd have thought

Who'd have thought

That’s what I woke up to yesterday. Pretty sweet, huh?

Ok, now back to the goaties. I weighed Enigma tonight and she is 8.82 lbs. Wow. No wonder she looks so sturdy and healthy. For the rest of this post, just pics.

Beautiful Momma

Beautiful Momma

Elphie is an excellent Momma, especially for the first time. She has her all cleaned off, and nursing- she’s already pooped twice and peed once that I’ve seen.

Pretty Elphie and her little one

Pretty Elphie and her little one

Did I tell you yet that she has a few black spots on her? I’ll get shots of those in the next few days.

Out of hiding

Out of hiding

Since it was so hot today, I didn’t put them in a kidding pen right away. So Elphie would put little Nikki in this igloo, then stand there watching over her (its so beautiful seeing how these does take care of their babies- angoras are excellent mothers). This evening though, I wanted to put them in a pen for overnight, so I had to take her out of her igloo to put her in her pen.

So very cute

So very cute

Just look at that face!

Just look at that face!

Thought all was well, but I have a new worry tonight. It looks like little Renesmee got her first taste of Mt. Laurel tonight. (when I get the bigger fence up I’m going to thoroughly destroy that crap. It’s beautiful, but too bad) So she’s throwing up. She should be fine by morning. It helps that’s she’s still nursing, and Rosie is such a fantastic mom, she will watch out for her (though I will be out there several more times).

Whew.

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in my lap

in my lap

Teeny tiny little hoof shaped bruises all over my thighs…

Puff is doing better. His eye looks great, he feels good and solid when I pick him up (well, as solid as a 4 lb bunny can feel), and he’s getting pretty fiesty at meds time.

that's alot of meds

that's alot of meds

Can’t say I blame him- that’s an awful lot of stuff to take. The raisins make it a bit better, though.

I’m still watching the farm with the icelandic sheep during the week. The other day as I was walking down to the field, I heard a very strange noise. I passed this old metal round tub that has just been there- it fills with rain water and never quite evaporates down. In that tub where a bunch of frogs- croaking and swimming around. I took my camera the next day, but the froggies had already left. However, they left behind a bzillion eggs- so I’ll be showing you the tadpoles soon. Though they may be radioactive mutants- the water is the most poisonous shade of green you can imagine.

radioactive frog eggs

radioactive frog eggs

The goaties are being terribly distracting. (no surprise there) I still need to block a pair of socks to show you, finish a few skeins that are on the wheels, make a couple of sun hats for my nieces… but the goats!

you'd give me coffee, too

you'd give me coffee, too

See that face? That’s Fluff- the alpha male. He’s a huge coffee moocher. Also likes wine, and loves to have his face scratched.

look- I can go down backwards!

look- I can go down backwards!

That’s Justine- she loves the slide.

mineral block- do we eat it, or climb it?

mineral block- do we eat it, or climb it?

There’s Evan and Renesmee- asking the question they ask about nearly everything.

OK, let’s see if I can get some knitting done…if CJ will give me back my office/couch.

my couch!

my couch!

On second thought, maybe I’ll spin…

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snoozing baby Evan

snoozing baby Evan

After coffee this morning (and lots of playing King of Mount Mindy-Mom) little Evan curled up on my lap for a snooze. Really, how in the world was I gonna get up and do chores during that? (more later- they were really cute this morning, but I do need to do some things)

chore procrastination

chore procrastination

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Keets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby guineas. These guys are one day old. O. and I just picked them up this afternoon. C.’s friend is over tonight because she knew they were coming. I’ve just banished all kids upstairs for a bit so these guys can rest. They make the sweetest little peeping noises. They are in a bin right now w/ a heat-lamp- they need a space thats about 90 degrees the first week, then dropping about 5 degrees a week for a bit. Once they move to the outside pen, they’ll still need to stay locked in the pen for 6 weeks to know that it is home before they can start ranging with the big birds. Right now they are small and fuzzy and cute as can be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do still knit and spin. Really.

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