Since my last post, winter hit us - HARD - and passed, finally... The bred does kidded giving me a total of 24 live and 2 stillborn. Tragedy struck in March - Ginger had a very difficult kidding and never pulled out of it (she had one of the stillborns plus 3 live ones) and on the anniversary of my losing Washoe I said goodbye to Ginger and get her the peace she deserved. Her sons are with me still - greedily taking their bottles and thriving, but, to my deepest sorrow, her daughter died just a week ago - cause unknown at this time.The death of Ginger and her daughter is sad and tragic, as Ginger's dam only had one daughter and both Ginger and her daughter are now gone.
A new LGD has joined Sierra to protect the herd. In January, Lola, a Great Pyrenees pup, began her training and is doing very well. The new mini Nubian buck, Flying J Farms Sand Storm finally joined the herd in April. And hard decisions had to be made as to who to keep and who to sell to make room for new upcoming does and new lines...
It has been the wettest oddest spring I have ever known - my goats have had to slog through mud and muck for over a month - and I measure the need to change my jean or shirt based on how much mud is splattered on them.
With does in milk, I have finally been able to resume soap and lotion production. The new line of Soothing Soap and Luxury Lotions are set to launch in June (lotions will be available sooner.)
With the move and the newer website for the new farm, the hiddenhillstn.com website is being retained as an archive of information - however, managing multiple sites regularly is cumbersome, so I will start a new blog on the new site. AND - I will update more frequently.
So, thank you for reading these - to learn more (and more interesting posts will be added more regularly) and to follow the journey, please visit www.littlegardenofeatn.com - the journey (and the blogs) will be found there in the future!