At least today was a bit warmer for Wimbledon market and Ellie's Dairy had a good morning there, selling plenty of cheese and our delicious goat meat. It is lovely to be back at market with a complete range of cheeses!
Our goatlings have apparently settled very well into their new home in Herefordshire. Although there are still 40 left here (and 7 little meat boys), their barn does seem rather empty. And quiet. As our buyers wanted mostly British Toggenburgs and crosses, most of the brown girls have gone. There are a lot of white and black goats left here now and they are much more well behaved than those thuggish naughty brown things! And they also seem to eat much less hay ... I think we have sent all the piggy naughty ones off to Herefordshire!
Of course, we still have little Fizzy. Apart from the fact that she wouldn't be any use to them, she is rather special and I couldn't let her go. Do you reckon that she's grown at all since our last update??
It is interesting to see that the black one is virtually weaned now - it is very rare that you see him feed off mum. The white boy still likes to feed, although this is also getting more infrequent as well. It's nice to know that we are weaning the rest of the babies at the same size as these two are being weaned naturally by mum.
Having eaten his tea, little black man jumped off the platform and headed straight for the feed barrow:
Kitty is still hanging on to her babies and is showing no signs of giving birth just yet. We are hoping to have the cows scanned in a couple of weeks time so I think we will ask Michael to scan Kitty as well so we can check that everything is normal (and get some idea of when she may be due, as it's obviously not when everyone thought it was going to be!)
And, just in case you think that we spend all our time doing goatie things .... last Sunday we went out for a very nice lunch with our best friends Iain and Linda who were visiting from Somerset. Yes, I know ... WE WENT OUT FOR LUNCH. Hard to believe, but there it is. And very pleasant it was too.
Here's me and her:
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend everyone!