Adding zen to the goat barn

My view from the milk stool was a bit chilly this morning. I’m behind on getting the garden in, but instead of screening in the milk parlor, Wally and I have decided to work on the garden to get it finished. I bought some tomato plants yesterday but I’m going to wait on putting them in until maybe Sunday. Crazy having temps in the 30s in May. I’m missing the greenhouse now! I would have started several types of vegetables in it. We’ve decided to downsize and go with a smaller, more stable type of greenhouse. Watching for a used one, but so far, nothing. That’s no surprise. People are buying up the weirdest things these days. I’ve heard there’s no freezers in stock now days. I wish I had every tractor of rabbits filled because I could have sold them. I cut way back – I mean way back – on my breeding program because I couldn’t sell them. 

We’re living in very weird times.

I bought an antique box spring a while back and it’s been sitting waiting for me to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I was going to make it into a trellis, but have decided to hang it from the ceiling of the goat barn and weave some little lights through it and hang some small, not-too-noisy chimes from it. That’ll add to the current almost-zen environment.

The birds will probably nest in it but that’s okay. We have a pair of barn swallows nesting in the barn now and that may have contributed to the reduction in flies.

Unfortunately, the goats don’t always get into the zen. Last night they were really rowdy. When they get rowdy, they fight amongst themselves over who’s going to get to go into the milk room first. What they don’t understand is that I *usually* dictate that. 

Didn’t feel like hauling the wagon up to the barn this morning so I milked by hand. It was calm and pleasant. 
When I was through, I opened the gate and let the goats down below. The calves were out calmly grazing switching their tails. Sharing the pasture with a couple of calves is a much better arrangement than having sheep. Cows and goats don’t share the same parasites. Multi-species grazing breaks the parasite life cycle. While sheep and goats share many of the same parasites, cattle do not. 

The picture is from Wally’s memories. This was when the area where the goat barn is was a garden. See those hills? I did that all by hand! That was in my younger days. I don’t think I could do that now.

Until later …