Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Clarice

Clarice isn't due until July but is looking the part. #preggers #babygoats #ohmy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bunny

Look what Cotton just brought me. Ugh, now what? I don't know where she found it. I don't want it growing up around here to become my fruit tree girdling archenemy. I can't give it back to her. I don't know if it is big enough to get by on it's own if I relocate it... #dilemma #babyrabbit #ranchlife

Letters

Hope we aren't embarrassing anyone but we keep smiling at these goodbye letters our family of caretakers left for us and they are too great to not share at least a few lines. We are glad they had a nice time and greatly appreciate all the hard work they put in. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tree Trimming Day

The pg&e guy is here tree trimming near the power poles. It is a happy day for the goats as they love, Love, LOVE oak leaves.  There will be plenty of leafy treats for them today.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Tuscan dairy visit

In the picturesque town, Greve in Chianti, just outside of Florence is an amazing small batch goat dairy.  They opened their barns and doors to us for a little tour and tasting.  While they are able to make and sell raw fresh cheeses (and we in the states cannot), Michaela generously gave me some tips on how to reproduce a similar taste and feel with pasteurized milk.  She believes that goats are the animal of the future and we couldn't agree more! They exclusively breed and milk Alpine di Chamois goats.  Currently they are milking 91 goats and have about the same number of kids from this season's offspring.  The dairy has been in existence since 2001 and is run by 4 partners.  They make cheese with each day's milk and change the offerings by the season.  Along with a cheese tasting, they also offer lunch by arrangement made exclusively from what they grow and raise on the farm.  Homemade and Local one hundred percent. What an inspiration!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Florence!

We are doing a little visit to Florence this week and it continually occurs to me how handy these little trucks would be at the ranch. #florence #italy #tourist

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Miner's lettuce

Found a nice patch of miner's lettuce just down from the house. With its high vitamin c content, miner's lettuce saved many a '49er from scurvy during the California gold rush. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baby olives

Who wants to get on the list for some VR olive oil this fall? #babyolives #manzanilla

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aerial Update

The ranch is nice and green, especially the lawn we plowed up and planted with horse pasture last winter. #dronepics #gopro #aerialphotography #springtime

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stellar

The ever-curious Stellar tests out the milking stand. We are so happy that this little boy has become one of our most affectionate goats. #adorable #hesakeeper

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New hatch

Scouty is very interested in helping out with the new hatch of squeaky toys. #Shelties #backyardchickens #growyourown

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Harley

Harley, you filthy pig. #mangalitsa #cleanlinessisnexttogodliness #aprilshowers

Grass

We set up the portable electric fence so the sheep could enjoy a little fresh green grass. #stcroixsheep #spring #lambingseason

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April showers

Lots more rain last night and this morning means lots more mud to play in. #aprilshowers #shelties #canicomeinside