this advice came from somewhere. a dream? a moment of too fast? but it's good advice and i followed it today.
so...the new Buck Yard. so small, really, but i didn't know what else to do. Next to it here is the stick pile that was supposed to be temporary, was supposed to be broken into pieces for the Hugel Culture. and wasn't. and now is a home for who knows how many sentient beings. it's the place where i believe the Great Plains Skink lives. so....putting off disturbing it. Now particularly because everything in there is hunkered down for the cold months. but maybe not even in Spring? Depends on the need and we can't know till we find out.
it's 32 ft X 8ft, this yard which is really more of a pen, a word that is uncomfortable to me, Pen.
I'd imagined for SunnyRay, but when it got finished, there was an ache in me and i knew i couldn't do it. Lots of Goats live in small spaces but there is an ache. So...i'll bring the Old Man Gideon over here and put SunnyRay in where he used to live but now with the young wether Jack Flash. Another unknown...how they will do together..... Gideon pretty much gets up in the morning to walk to the feed tub and has breakfast. He spends the rest of the day resting in the SUN until dinner when he gets up again for that. There is some "playfulness" with Jack Flash sometimes. I'm not sure how much Gideon ever wants or initiates and how much is Jack Flash's youth. But i'm thinking it might be just ok for Gideon here. He will get more contact, like a peanut a day and i will be more inclined to make up for Goat companionship by going in with him and brushing him which he loves. And he will have a new and GOOD view of the Doe Goats across the way.
these pallets will be added on the OutSide of the yard...the fencing will need to be cut. I'll fill it with straw for bedding and put a tarp over it. Will be warm and dry.
there is a runway for Tay between this new yard and the outside fence. I think too about how i am reducing the size of her world with this. What it might mean to her.
I went two places today. One to Michelle's....mscomfortzone.blogspot.com or just click her name in a comment...easiest.... At her place i saw her windowsill. Her windowsill was great comfort to me and gentle and an image of how it is for those of us that live on this Grand Planet. Comfort.
and then to Ruit Farm Web Journal...ruitfarm.wordpress.com the other link that Nanette had sent me. Nina there, and her Other, had traveled to the northkingdom of Vermont and brought home 4 new does to their herd. Ruit Farm is on the coast of MAINE...! ....MAINE....if we can imagine that, Goats on the coast of MAINE....but yes and they are
so for those of us who long for the amazement and joy of newborn things, February. She had already bred her home does with her Buck Reddog. Baby Goats. so i am watching. HOW do people deal with it all? I watch. What will she do. Who will stay? Who will go and go, how. And this comforts me. How we live comforts me.