Having moved onto our farm in April of 2015, we set about making ready to bring our alpacas home from where they were being agisted (boarded). A good friend of ours, Richard, came down from Canada to help Brian with fencing and other heavy work. Those boys worked hard digging holes, setting posts and then stretching the 4×4 welded wire fencing to enclose our front pasture.
The newly fenced front pasture . . .
Richard on Big Red . . .
Moving a shelter into the front pasture . . .
The girls now home and enjoying the front pasture . . .
Then came the rabbits, a barn cat named Boris, ducks, chickens, goats, and a livestock guardian dog . . .
Boris (the cat), MooMoo, Midnight and Moonbeam (the rabbits)
Thunder and Storm – English Angora
Heritage Breeds – Australorp and Golden Laced Wyandotte, Cinnamon Queen,
Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red
Felix and Oscar – Fainting Goats
Loki – a Maremma
We’ve all settled nicely into our routines and things run pretty smoothly. We’ve been very fortunate not to have had any casualties (save for one chicken that our dog Oliver got – I cried heavily over that chicken . . . sigh). But then it’s no surprise, because we’re watched over by Angels. And I’m very grateful for that.
With spring just around the corner we’re very happy to have survived our first winter on the farm. And this year spring brings us five Ancona ducks and two Talhouse geese. It also brings the renovation of our front porch and some much needed landscaping. Such is life on the farm . . .