Life on the farm, the good,the frustrating and the sad......

We have had so much rain this spring!!! Its been just wonderful! I told DH that its like we live in another place, its so lush and green here. Its been fantastic.
The rose hedge around the fruit orchard is stunning. 



 This up close pic shows you what this looks like in real person. Its just simply beautiful!
 On not such a great note. I found that my onions had been dug up and tossed willy neely all over the place by something. I replanted them into the ground. I hope they will make it. I don't know what dug them up. We will be putting up a fence this weekend of some kind. I had noticed prior to this something was digging in my asparagus row which is next to this row. I never dreamed what ever it was would dig up all my onions in this row! grrrrrr ..  I hope they can recover but I dont know I have them back in the groundl in these photos.

 My medicinal mullein plants. They are so pretty aren't they!! My best bud gave me these two plants and look at them now. They are just beautiful. A great medicinal plant if you havent planted it, look it up and you will see why you need to add this ot your medicinal bed.
 Skittles and Cubey..... Skittles is young and a sweet little fella.. he is a good whether and a companion to Cubey who actually sorta raised him... even though he wasn't her kid to raise...
Sugarcube AKA  Cubey, what can I say.. she was one of our first goats... she is the rock. She was the queen of our herd even though she was less than half the size of some of our other goats through the years. She is the sweetest most wonderful goat... She gives the best goaty breath kisses you have ever had!!! Cubey is VERY old. We don't know for sure how old Cubey is... We know she is well beyond 11 yrs... we figure she is somewhere between 13-15... If all goats  were as healthy as Cubey has been over the years and as parasite resistant... everyone would have 100 goats. Never once in all the years did Cubey get a parasite over load. Where we live worms/parasites are a big problem with goats. Bottle jaw is common and its frustrating as heck. Never once when others in the herd had a issue. never once did my brave healthy little Cubey have a problem... All goats should be so lucky/healthy!!!! Sweet she is so sweet it is unreal..........Cubey gave us several wonderful kids ...she taught us a lot...  we retired her a few years ago due to age... She is now in her final time ....Its heart breaking as I love this goat a lot!!!!! But I know we have given her many wonderful good years .... she is well cared for and happy here. She bossed the herd right up till we downsized to just her and Skittles. She is the BEST goaty we EVER had!

 Skittles, well we will see how he does when Cubey leaves us. I have sourced a very good home for him if he cannot make it without another goaty friend. I have always read and understood goats are not solitary animals. We want him to be happy. We have found a wonderful home that we would give him to... one that would take him if we need that. One that has kids that would feed him treats and  has other goats for him to play with... one that would not eat him or sell him to the meat markets. Here that is a real possibility.... We know for sure that this farm would not do that. They would keep him a pet and love him. So if need be we have found him a home with other goats on a good farm.
 Our pond is full, how long it will be this way ... who knows... it depends on how long the wonderful rains continue and how long before the 100 plus degrees hit!

7 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

your roses are spectacular. sorry ms. cubey is nearing the end. the toughest part of loving animals.

1st Man said...

Those are knockout roses, correct? I know they plant them all over the place down here, in parking lots, esplanades, building entrances, etc so they do well. I planted two by the garden fence but I chopped up one with the weedeater and mowed over the other one accidentally, oops! Perhaps I need LARGER ones to start with LOL. I bet the bees would love them....

Your pond is gorgeous. That's on our "in a couple years" list.

Hasn't everything greened up so nicely? We have had a LOT of rain, which is good for the plants and aquifers, but not good for my weekend planning, ha.

1st Man said...

I clicked enter too quickly. Sending love and hugs to you and Cubey and of course Skittles.

A Quiet Corner said...

Cubey has given you much to pass on...all from the love of an animal...:)JP

Sandy said...

Texan,

I bet it smells lovely around your place with all those beautiful roses.
Something obviously didn't want your onions planted where they were planted. Hopefully, your onions will survive the replant.
Your goats have grown fond of one another, I believe Skittles will have issues when Cubey is no longer present.
Hugs to you and yours,
Sandy

Henny Penny said...

Your rose hedge is just beautiful! And, those gates...I love gates!! I can't believe something dug up all your onions. Don't things like that just drive you crazy! Like WHY! So sorry about your sweet goat. That surely is the hardest thing about having and loving animals. And your last post. Oh my goodness...making a roman shade does not look easy to me. How did you ever learn to make them!

PioneerPreppy said...

Finding a good place to retire a beloved goat that you KNOW isn't going to turn around and market them is a great find. Too often I have seen that backfire on people who went and checked later on. We have a couple of retired old gals around here and a couple of beloved whethers and/or pet sheep that we wouldn't think of getting rid of before their natural time.

When we had the Summer pasturage down the road a few miles I used to keep the whether/invalid/retired flock up here just for grass control. Even the retired ones can help with that :)