Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

1.19.10

It's late, 10:00, late for me anyway. I'm listening to the rain outside. It's a lovely gentle cleansing rain. The kind of rain I remember from summer nights, the kind best to dance in, watched only by the forest people. I know of course that it is January but I can't quite recall how the winters used to be. How they were before the earth changed I mean. No matter, I am a little chameleon, I will adapt, make do, survive and fully live, whatever may come.

Tomorrow we're taking a small trip to pick up two more goatlings. Little bucklings to be specific. Bottle babies just a week or two old. Full blooded Nubian boys given away. We'll have to wait another year for milk but we'll know how everyone was raised and things will hopefully go smoothly. If we had more room I would like to keep both as bucks but since we have so little I will probably neuter one as soon as he's mature enough and, depending on how hard it is to keep an adult buck, leave the other as he is. We'll have the milk we need and the babies will be easier to sell to good homes.

I sold several of the hens recently to make room for spring chicks. We have 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Austrolorps and 1 Ameraucana and old Hen left. We also have Fox a RIR Roo, and Sir Didymus a Barred Rock Roo. This year we'll raise Barred Rocks, RIR's and Black and Red Stars.

I'll get to bed now for the long drive tomorrow but I'll leave a couple of very cute pictures :)



1 comment:

Linda said...

Such cute babies! My buck is only hard in the sense it is hard to keep him away from the girls!