First my wonderful stableboy and husband (they’re one and the same) Ed agreed and did spend Mother’s Day weekend with me at Goat School in Maine. It was cold, raining, windy, bone chilling and damp and it was wonderful. We were outdoors the entire weekend and I got to share a port-a-potty with 100 men..lucky them they didn’t have to drop their pants to do their business. My darling husband did not complain one bit…what a trooper!!! What did I learn one might ask….I learned that I know quite a bit about goats and that made me feel good and secure! Thanks to my friend Jennifer who is always willing to take my phone calls of distress…she has taught me sooo much. But it is always nice to confirm that you actually get it! Boy…Ed could have saved lots of money….
My niece Stacey came to visit the farm for the first time. She arrived on May 20th and on May 21st I got her into the thick of things. She and my friend Yuval went with me to pick up day old chicks. We picked up 15 laying chicks & 6 meat chicks…lots of peeping going on. The next day we picked up 4 Indian Runner ducklings..lots of peep/quacking!
My friend Scout gave me fertilized eggs for one of my chickens to sit on (its called brooding) and on May 26th two babies were hatched. She’s a good Mommy and the chicks follow her everywhere. She immediately taught them how to scratch for food. It’s so amazing to watch them. Oh I forgot to mention we don’t know if one or both is a rooster. I guess we’ll find out soon enough if we hear crowing at 5 in the morning!
Two weeks ago, Yuval brought Ed his bees. Yup..Ed my husband & stableboy is also a beekeeper. He now is the proud keeper of 10,000 bees.
He scared the daylight out of me when I came in from the barn. I walk into the mud room and there is this totally white creature..Ed had donned his beekeeper’s suit which is totally white including the hood and was just standing there waiting for me to come in…I nearly jumped 4 feet off the ground!
All the seedlings have now been planted in the garden and Mother Nature is being frigid towards them. The extensive amount of rain and lack of sun is not encouraging them to go forth and multiply.
Ed also bought me a tractor and he also won a tractor. My friends wanted to know what we were going to do with two tractors. I told them we are fancy farmers so we will have his and her tractors. Just kidding..actually we were able to take cash for the tractor. It wasn’t as good as the one Ed bought me. Only the best for the stableboy’s farmer wife!!! It’s a really neat tractor..it has 34 hp, 4 wheel drive with ag tires, a front loader with a 60″ bucket and a pto system. Got that?
So as summer gets closer I am dreaming of sunshine, warm (not hot & humid) days, ripe tomatoes, honey and watching the herd out on the pasture and listening to the sounds of the farm… Can’t ask for anything better than that.