Summer came in like a Tsunami this year. The wetness kept everyone inside and fighting off the slugs. Fortunately we entered what you would call our typical upstate NY summer weather…. 70’s, sunshine and a relaxing breeze on the top of the knolls. Olga and Olaf are enjoying the feeling of being cashmere free for a while with shiny beautiful coats. We are about to welcome three new cashmere goats , Vina, Gwen and Giselle in into our barnyard family. This means more pasture fencing and a new barn. It also means more cashmere! With any luck from the fertility Gods we’ll have some kids in the spring .
I have enjoyed having the time to sit and watch the chickens . The new lavender and white orphingtons from Hinks are magnificent. Nothing causes you to stop and slow down in this busy life more then summer on a small farm. There is so much to see. Chores consume much of our time . However, the real gift is just slowing down to watch and join the experience of the animals, the garden and all that surrounds us. No cell phones , computers, or people. Just the barnyard and it’s simple balance.