Wednesday, April 10, 2013

# 36 For the Love of Goats

8 X 10 Oil on Canvas
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This adorable creature is owned by Caitlyn Menne of Oregon and is a Nubian dairy goat. At 20 years of age, Caitlyn describes herself as "a jack of all trades, and master at none, I dabble in this and that. Farmer, writer, goat raiser, herbalist, aspiring cheese maker, spinner, teacher — if pushed for a straightforward answer, I'll say that I'm a grass farmer; pure and simple." Caitlyn raises these beauties and has lofty plans for them which you can read about HERE.
My little part of Texas has received 3 small rains in the past 3 weeks and for that we are very grateful. We are not, however, grateful for the frost we are supposed to endure tonight. The tomatoes are covered, the chicks are in the coop and the calves are bedded. The weather isn't nearly as bad as that of some of my northern friends, but is not natural for April anywhere! With the exception of one late peach, all the fruit trees bloomed early and lost their fruit to 2 other late frosts, so I have just about written off that crop. 
We are proceeding with the construction of 4 raised vegetable beds. Two are completed with two to go. I can only build one at a time - Mike moves the bricks with the tractor's front loader, but they still have to placed after the ground is leveled, and that is back breaking. We scraped the bottom of the old pond before the rains hit and have a huge pile of sediment that we are placing in the bottom of the beds. In addition I have a gigantic leaf/grass compost pile and tons of composted manure from the barn to top it all off. I may not get much else planted this year, but these beds should be producers - IF we can keep the chickens out of them! 
Psalm 147:7
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
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