In the manner of goats everywhere, Kylie has again surprised us. Horny and Misty have been wandering around like overstuffed sofas for weeks and weeks, but Kylie just started looking a little more solid than normal about ten days ago. I’d realised she was pregnant, obviously, but not appreciated quite how far along she was. So the two little goat kids found in the shed on Sunday morning were a bit of a shock!
Here they are at just a couple of hours old. For the uninitiated, the one with the big ears is a rabbit! The little white kid had me quite worried as she was struggling to stand on one of her back legs, but within no time the ligaments has tightened up and now she is bouncing around with her brother.
What a difference a day makes! And now I realise why it’s said that photographers should avoid working with animals!
Don’t forget that we’re running Permaculture Design Courses here at the farm this summer. Join us!
So our summer schedule of courses is now live, and we’re taking bookings. This year we’re offering a choice of three Permaculture Design Courses, all certified by the UK Permaculture Association and taught by Josh Gomez. They’re differing lengths, so there should be one to suit everyone.
This year, for the first time and at the suggestion of previous participants, we’re offering a PDC spread over a month. Josh will be joining us for taught sessions, and we’ll be doing lots of practical work and demonstrations in between.
And of course, we’re offering two shorter options for those who are shorter of time. Full details and prices are on our courses page.
We’ll look forward to welcoming you to Casalinho
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This handsome young chap is our new Billy goat. He’s been with us for about three weeks, and he’s just now starting to settle in and hold his own with the ladies. He’s terribly nervous of me, but when he first arrived I housed him with our least threatening goat, Branquinha, who he’s become very close to, and as he’ll follow her anywhere it’s not a problem and he can learn to trust me in his own time.
He’s still lacking a name though, and as we can’t call him Boy Goat forever, I’m looking for suggestions. Any ideas?
He’s still lacking a name though. Any suggestions?
Imagem retirada do sítio:
Estamos a construir um socalco, ou terraço, para criar uma zona de cultivo com irrigação por inundação, em sistema agroecológico, que vai incluir as seguintes plantas:
- Lúcia lima
- Viveiro de cebola e plantas aromáticas
Plantas de suporte e fixação de azoto
- Tremocilha e tremoço
- Giesta amarela para poda anual
Plantas indicadoras do micro-clima
Cada dia tem 2 sessões de trabalho, 3 horas da parte da manhã e 3 horas da parte da tarde.
Para mais informações e inscrições contactar pelo email
joaovox @ gmail.com ou pelo telemóvel 96 96 80 009
e ver atualizações no blog Casa Verde.
This photo was taken inside our animal shed, looking down through their outside run towards the veg garden. I picked it out to write about individually as I thought it illustrated our composting system in operation so eloquently.
As I’ve written about elsewhere, our composting system starts off in this outside run. All our household and garden compost is combined here with excess animal food, mucky bedding and anything else organic that we can find. The goats and chickens add their own special contributions to it and the chickens mix it up whilst scratching for the worms and insects who come to inhabit the thick layer that builds up.
In this photo we had just finished clearing out the first stage compost. We’d started recovering the area with deciduous leaves, but the rain stopped work. Behind the enclosure you can see the pile of compost we removed. From here it will only travel downhill.
We use a RAM pump to supply the animals’ drinking water, and in the summer months I keep the overflow dampening down this area to encourage decomposition otherwise it just dries out in the summer sun. Next to the fence you can see the remains of the pumpkin and squash plants that had been taking advantage of the nutrients and water that seep out of the run. We made the most of the tender greens and flowers all summer, the mature fruits went into storage for winter use, and the remaining tougher greens were fed to the goats. Nothing wasted!
|Sabina and family - with Waqar DFID driver and long time friend, colleague, philosopher and political commentator making a guest showing!|