Things we've learnt so far....

  • How to pull a calf (that's stuck during labour).
  • A picnic with goats is a recipe for disaster.
  • Don't ever bother wearing nice clothes.
  • We never thought we'd have to deal with so much shit. Literally.
  • Don't listen to your wife when she says you need to check on the goat babies at 1am in the morning (then she locks you in their little house in attempt to get all of them inside, which they were before you checked on them). It's a very noisy affair.
  • With great joy comes great sadness (the births are great, stock loss is always sad).
  Goat cuddles.

Goat cuddles.

  • Always accept goat cuddles.
  • Full moon = crazy animals (the cows go slightly "doolally").
  • Goats love eating thistle flowers, just before they burst into bloom.
  • Spring is ridiculously busy, especially when you have newborn (human) babies too.
  • Toddlers "helping" aren't really helping.
  Helping.

Helping.

  • Wine and cheese go well together, beers and cheese go well together, wine and beer also go well together.
  • There is no point about crying over spilt milk in the dairy. Best to just get over it and clean it up.
  • Dogs love to share the poddy kids' milk. It makes them somewhat portly.
  • Hamish loves to share the poddy's milk.
  • Weeds. That is all.
  He touched the electric fence.

He touched the electric fence.

  • Don't touch the electric fences. (I've lost count how many times have I said that!)
  • Bulls can be scary. Cows can also be scary.
  • Hand-raising a calf with the goats leads to a very big, funny-looking (cow)goat.
  • Plant more trees.
  • There is always fencing to do. Always.
  Fencing. And more helping.

Fencing. And more helping.

  • The best weather for fencing in is in the wind and sleet, according to Iain.
  • How to build a website.
  • How to build sheds.
  • Blackberries. One for the bucket, one for me.
  • A wise man told us that "a big dry is broken by a big rain". So far, so true.
  • Bushfires are scary.
  • All children should visit a farm.
  • The day you make a time-dependent plan is the day the animals decide to change their routine.
  • We live in a wonderful community, and are so thankful for all the support we have received and continue to receive.
  A picnic with goats.

A picnic with goats.

  Yearling calves not being scary.

Yearling calves not being scary.

  Spring madness. Lots of newborns and kids.

Spring madness. Lots of newborns and kids.

  More helping.

More helping.

  Dear Georgie (resting now) getting portly (on blood and bone).

Dear Georgie (resting now) getting portly (on blood and bone).

  Daddy Jacob posing with yet another sunset.

Daddy Jacob posing with yet another sunset.

  Bringing the girls home after evacuating for the bushfire in January 2013.

Bringing the girls home after evacuating for the bushfire in January 2013.

  Sunsets and sunrises in our part of the world.

Sunsets and sunrises in our part of the world.