Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rainy Day

This morning, in the pouring rain we went out to this event meeting Regina & family from Sea2Shore blog once again. Due to the weather we only stayed a couple hours. There were a few speakers I would have liked to stay and heard but we were literally soaked from head to toe despite our rain gear. However, we had the opportunity to listen to a couple who raised Alpine goats. I enjoyed their talk and learned some good stuff about goat rearing, shelter, feeding, and maintenance.
One interesting fact that I learned, goat meat is the most consumed meat in the world.
Did you know that? I went to the farmer's market last week in hopes to buy some but the goat lady did not have any left. I hear it tastes like deer and cow. John would like to raise Boer goats. I can eat my own turkeys, and chickens, and maybe if we get some meat bunnies but I'm not sure if I could eat my goats? I cannot even imagine munching Annabelle and Oreo. It is a fine line and you have to make that decision before you bring the animal onto your farm, pet or supper?

Cray fish the kids caught in their bait trap. They are going fishing in the morning and I'm sure they'll catch a big one using these!

Trying to stay dry! This storage bin is now our goaties outside shelter. I wanted to get the goats a large dog igloo to put in their pen but instead John flipped this bin over onto a piece of plywood, cut out a door, and there we have it. A free & recycled goat house...savings of $125!

Pretty flowers I cut off a tree out front. Of course I do not know what they are, imagine that! Thanks to all of your flower identification knowledge so far I know we have Magnolias, Quaker Ladies, and Columbines here on the farm. What might this be?

My boy picked me some wild Irises, how sweet!

I've yet to plant the sweet potatoes, maybe tomorrow. Anyone ever grow them before? I've read they grow as a vine.

We ended the night with an old movie, Richer or Poorer.


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Anonymous said...

Love the new Goat House! What a clever idea:) We ended up staying until 2:30 to listen to the Poultry speaker. It was interesting and just as helpful as the goat speakers.
I agree with you on the goats. It would be hard unless you made that decision beforehand.
Tell the kids good luck with fishing this morning! Hope they catch a big one!
Richer or Poorer is one of our favorite movies. We think it's hilarious to watch. Have a great day! Regina

Amy said...

Thr goat house is very clever, and who can beat the price? Very good use of recycled materials I must say! And I just love that adorable picture of your daughter hugging her goat friend! Goats are wonderful pets/livestock. I have eaten my own goats. It was difficult, but as you said, you have to make the decision.

I hope to get a dairy goat or a Boer goat for meat--maybe a combination of the two. Goats' milk is the best bargain cost-wise and nutritionally as well.

The pink flowers you cut for your vase are honeysuckle. There are a few varieties. Yours is one of the wild varieties. I have a few in the windbreak and they smell just heavenly! Aren't they wonderful?

Paula said...

Hey Kim!
Always love yor pictures. That sounds like it was a pretty interesting meeting you went to... and no, I don't think I could eat my pets. I'm too attached to them. If I don't name them, I'm o.k.- but if I do, they're part of the family!
By the way, the peanut beans I posted about are a green bean, I think the "official" name for them is a Pink Half-runner but I've known them my whole life as peanut beans. I don't really know how they got that name, but when you cook them, they have a real thick brown soup almost like when you cook pinto beans. They are the dickens to pick and even less fun to break, but they are by far the best green bean you will ever eat in your life.
Talk to you again soon!