The goats continue to grow and graze on the property. We bought a Boer buck to breed with our Nubian does this past spring. He was a sweet goat, gentle, and willing to eat most anything offered to him. Unfortunately, not long after we bought him he became ill and we lost him. We weren't sure if he had been successful with our two does, Anne Shirley and Queen Victoria. Happily, I can report they grow bigger by the day and we anticipate doelings or bucklings in the next few weeks.
|We named him Duke|
|the rounding Anne Shirley|
Our three ducks quack and waddle around the yard during the day looking for the perfect bug, blade of grass or the errant composted piece of fruit to eat. They too, know the sound of the dog food hitting the bottom of the dish and are quick to announce to all that they are hungry. Even when the sun is still well asleep.
Our dear Travis has gone off to college in another state to study construction management. He is happy and often checks in by text, Snapchat, and the like. We are blessed to have a few more months with Arliss before he too, goes off to college. Then it will just be the hubby and me. Empty-nesters, to a point. The animals will continue to keep us busy. As will the house restoration.
We grew quite the garden this year-- the bumper crop was cucumbers. We have picked well over five bushels of them and dear hubby managed to turn nine gallons of them into bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, and relish. Here is a picture of some of our canned goods.
|jellies, pickles, kraut, stewed tomatoes, salsa, ketchup|
|one of our watermelons|
I hope you are well and keeping busy during these early fall days.
|sunset after a very sweet day at Lucky 17 Farms|
Sending much love and blessings from the farm.