Saturday, 19 May 2012

Into the last week of kidding ...

So, we're into the last (hopefully!) few days of kidding with only three girls left to kid now.  Twinkle went back in with the main herd yesterday morning, leaving our two new mums Daisy and Bunty with their babies.  Daisy produced two lovely little white people (one male and one female) on Wednesday:

And here's Bunty's two little people (again, one male and one female) born on Friday morning just as I was about to leave to do my deliveries!

It looks Martha and Moonstar may have something on their minds tonight as well so I'll be back up there sooner rather than later this evening.  To be honest, I was hoping for an early night as I have to take Bramling and Caffrey to their new home in Somerset tomorrow and could do with getting a good night's sleep.  Looks like it may not happen!!

We had a very exciting Thursday here in the goat shed as Andy the Cheese came to pay us a visit to pick up enough milk to make some cheese for the Young British Foodie awards dinner.  He has made it into the final three!!!!  So, we are all very pleased for him.  Footsie, of course, was delighted to see him, especially as he came with a bag containing bananas for her.  Here they are meeting for the first time:

Andy was delighted to meet all the girls and has written a piece about us on his own blog, along with some pictures that he took.  So, check out
 for the full story.

Today was a sad day for us all as it was Francesca's last day with us.  She is back off to her little hut in the Kenyan bush in a few weeks time.  We will all miss her very much and hope that she comes back to visit us very soon.  She is such an asset to us during kidding - I don't know what we would do without her.

One of the house rules at Ellie's Dairy is that we always need to have a lot of cake!  Francesca obliged this week when her mum and niece came to visit, bringing with them the most enormous Victoria sponge you have ever seen.  Needless to say, there isn't much left ....

It was a lovely warm day today but there have been a few very chilly nights this week.  The babies in one pen all snuggled up together in a big pile - there wasn't a single one sitting on its own!  Nice and cosy ..

But across the way, over in another pen, it seemed that the bucket was the place to be:

Right - I'm going to have a quick bite to eat and then it's back up to the barn for what looks like it may be a long night.  I leave you with some of the goats enjoying the sunshine earlier today:

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