What a whirlwind weekend. Kind of overwhelming and extremely exciting and very satisfying too. Awesomeness crammed into 2 wonderful days. 🙂
Saturday started off kind of slowly to be honest and the get up and get moving was missing from the day. Jarmies were the order of the morning and large amounts of cups of tea too. It was actually kind of nice. 🙂 Finally Martin found the drive to head out to get some wood and when he got back we all piled into the car for a trip to Bunnings.
I’m not a huge fan of Bunnings as they’re owned 100% by Wesfarmers who are involved with coal mining, chemicals and fertilisers, energy (fossil fuels of course), Coles and other questionable involvements and interests which has earned them a “criticisms” marking on the Shop Ethical app. However, I can’t deny that their prices are cheap (probably too cheap and who pays the rest of the cost), and everything is under 1 roof. We do usually shop at our local hardware store and other shops but sometimes there are things they don’t stock and I don’t fancy driving all over town to several stores to buy what I need. So yes, we went to Bunnings. I needed several things including a light for our chook shed/goat shed, preferably solar-powered, some bins to store grains for the goat and chooks, a ceramic pot for a belated gift (I am hoping I’ve matched the colour), and a few other bits and bobs which I of course forgot to buy due to distractions known as 2 children armed with small metal trolleys and some hyperactive behaviour. Yeah, not the family outing we had hoped for but still a good afternoon out.
Sunday however was the wonder day of the weekend. I have been counting down the days and then the minutes until 9am Sunday. Sunday was the magic day that we welcomed another member to our family. Yes, we are now a family with a goat. 😀
Anna was in a free-range situation that wasn’t suited to her individual needs. She’s a lovely 5 year old British Alpine Doe who is in need of some one on one care and close quarters living so she is perfectly suited to our situation. She isn’t in milk at the moment and we are working to optimise her health before we put her to kid (get her pregnant so she can have babies then produce milk) and she’s been happy to be alone which is also perfect for us as most goats require companionship. We’re trialing how she goes alone but will get her a companion if needed. So at just after 9am yesterday, amidst the usual chaos of small children in the mornings, Anna arrived. 😀 Armed with sprouted grains and my rose prunings I lead her to her new home where she promptly scared the life and soul out of our roosters (there’s revenge for the 5am wake up calls every morning 😉 ) and headed in to check out her new domain. She seems to like it too which is a big relief and makes me very happy. Her (now previous) owner and I then had the added excitement of heading off to attend a cheese making course! Yes, Sunday got even better! 😀
A cheese making course for a stay at home mum with 3 kids under 5 is, in my opinion, balm to the soul. Making feta and chèvre cheeses doesn’t require you to be hands on for all 6 hours, but rather 30 minutes work here then feet up for an hour, 5 minutes work, feet back up for an hour and so on. So there was lots of time for meeting people, making new friends, chatting and enjoying the peace of (almost) kid free time. Yes, we had one sweet little bambino, Mr H with us between nap times but his presence was wonderful and welcoming and with so many mummies around he wasn’t short of a cuddle if needed. And his happy smiling face and gorgeous chatter (ki-ta!) was great. But to not have the “Muuuummeeeeeeee”or “I done a wee” or “I’m huuuunnngggreeeeeeee” that usually punctuates my day, plaguing my aural senses was sheer bliss. As the day passed I found myself sinking more and more into a gloriously relaxed lethargy in between bouts of excited learning and information. Couldn’t have been more wonderful! 🙂
I checked in periodically with Martin as to how Anna was settling in and aside from breaking into the chooks part of the shed, opening up their food bin and helping herself to their food (grain based chook food not pellets thank goodness) there were no dramas. As of this morning she seems to have adjusted well to her new diet, accommodation and companions although I’m sure she was just as impressed by the pre-dawn crowing of the roosters. Don’t worry Anna, they’re off to freezer camp as soon as I get my chicken plucker built. 🙂
So, we have moved 1 huge step closer to our dreams and goals of some level of self-sufficiency. We have our future source of milk and the knowledge of how to process it when it arrives. I can’t believe the changes the last 6 months have wrought in our lives! I can’t believe the new skills I have acquired, the things I have learned and the wonderful new members that we have welcomed to our family. Life really is wonderful, albeit rather cold, at the moment.
Life is good. 🙂