A Life in the Making

livestock

  • Keeping Soay Sheep

    I first came across soay sheep at a local wildlife park when the kids were little. Off one of the beaten paths, just past the car park was a wooded enclosure where these flightly beasts were kept- you couldn’t even approach the fence without them running up the hill. At first look, they appear...
  • A Watched Udder

    We are currently on udder watch. Three weeks after we finished lambing and 2 weeks after we were told she was due, Petunia has finally started showing signs that a calf is on its way.I have to say that I am not sure there has ever been a back end of a cow that has been under so much scrutiny. At ...
  • Meet Petunia the Jersey Cow

    There aren’t many reasons for my birth state of Iowa to pop up on the news over here in Scotland. While us locals know it for many things, it tends to get narrowed down to the birthplace of James T. Kirk and Bill Bryson, the Bridges of Madison County, the Iowa Primary for the US presidential elec...
  • The Arrival of BoyBoy

    It will come as no surprise to know that I love a good “back to the land” biography. Especially in the early days of living here, I looked to the experiences of others to find some company on our own journey. I read every book I could get my hands on… from stories about women falling in love wit...
  • Goatus Interruptus

    Goats seemed like such a good idea...Earlier this week, a friend shared a comment she'd seen about Instagram stories. The poster was recommending her favourite accounts and added me to that list (thank you, if it was you!!) and writing that I speak to the camera well but always seem to be looking...
  • Counting Goats

    I've stopped looking out the back windows to the house. While the views beyond the paddock to the forests and mountains is stunning, inevitably when I do look I will see that the three goats that are supposed to be grazing and foraging in the foreground are no where to be found. I'd like to think...
  • A Year With Goats

    Over the Easter Holidays, we were sitting in the living room with some friends we hadn't seen in awhile. As we ate and chatted, we heard loud laughter coming from the gaggle of children in the next room. A few moments and a thundering of hooves later, in comes Freya Goat to say hello. I wish I co...
  • Comings and Goings

    In the (almost) year since we have lived here, I can say that one of my greatest delights has been in the keeping of chickens. I truely have become that mad chicken lady who spends every morning out in my wellies chatting to my ladies over a cup of tea. In that time, our flock has grown from a ha...