The much awaited summer kids are here. Our Alpine goat Rita presented us with two lovely Alpine Kids. Our wonderful house sitter Tracy was here when they were born, and I think she enjoyed the miracle as much as I do every time. Very happy with our new buck as I have been wishing for goats with wattles on their necks. The handsome buck kid on the left and beautiful doe kid on the right may be available to good homes. Their mom is an amazing milk goat., and the sire comes from a long line of exceptional Alpine Dairy goats We have alot of entertainment watching these two springing around the pasture
The garden has empty places in it already where early crops like peas and radishes, spinach and lettuce have grown. I will fill in the spots with fall lettuce, spinach, kale and greens. Hard to believe how fast the summer goes. We have amazing abundance this summer, and I am very grateful
The Cherry tree is almost overwhelming this summer. We are still picking cherries. Even though I keep thinking I should pick them all and dry them each day I wait they get sweeter. They are so sweet and juicy now I don't think they can get any better, but I am glad I waited. I am thinking I will dry them and savor the sweetness in December. Abby has taken it upon herself to keep the birds from the tree, and she is doing a great job.
The Lavender is ready to harvest. I always hate to cut it as the honey bees are busy enjoying it's abundance. I love the fragrance and the warmth of the sun in July just makes it all that much better. I am planting a new lavender garden this year, in the shape of a Labyrinth and although it has taken much more time and thought then I planned for, I am excited to see it in it's full glory it the years to come. I built the labyrinth for contemplation, I have lost so many people and animals I love this year, that building it has been a therapeutic process. I think it's beauty and design will provide the place to learn acceptance.
Enough computer time, I have goats to play with, cherries to dry, lavender to plant and harvest, bees to count!
My name is Kate and I always dreamed of owning a farm. Although I have had livestock for 30 years, it took my husband and I many years to buy our 30 acre farm in Lostine Oregon in 1999. We raise Registered Jacob Sheep, Alpine dairy goats, heirloom laying hens, and Lavender as well as Medicinal herbs and greens for market. We also have several riding horses, dogs and cats, and a guard llama.