Missing the kids

I mentioned, the other day, that I was working to construct a photo gallery of images at Smugmug.com. I am happy to report that, although the process is a slow one, I’ve made good progress. As I browsed my files today, trying to make a number of impossible decisions, I came across this image, taken in 2007. Although the current level of activity here at the farm is more than sufficient to thoroughly discharge all available energies on any particular day, it doesn’t come close to what used to go on around here. Our current menagerie includes a flock of breeding sheep, layer hens, geese, horses, and a large number of dogs (some working, and some underemployed) and cats (some working, and some underemployed). When our daughters were very much involved with 4H this collection also included breeding groups of hogs, cattle, and dairy goats. Thinking about the history of the farm makes me wonder how in the world we did it all. The answer has much, I am sure, to do with being younger back then. With spring just around the cornerย it is again that time of the year that we anticipate lambing season (ours will commence sometime around the middle of the month). The thought of newborn lambs running around the place makes us both remember the many years we had goats here. If you’ve ever been fortunate to experience the delight of a newborn lamb and not experienced a newborn goat kid (or neither, for that matter) I’d like to report that the lamb pales in comparison to the kid. Little goats are simply adorable, not only physically (for who can resist those uppy ears and bright eyes) but in character as well. Goats are intelligent and do more than tend toward mischief … they are down right and unabashed trouble makers. But we miss them. Our first goats came with us when we moved here from Indiana. We milked Saanens, by hand, for more than a decade and welcomed the challenge of keeping them fenced, and safe from marauding dogs and coyotes. It is in the very bright light of this history that we anticipate lambing season. We are not sanguine about the current absence of goats here. But life goes on and routines change. Thankfully, however, we remember our goats with pride, fond memories, and lots of nice pictures.


19 thoughts on “Missing the kids

    • Good question Tree Girl. At one time we raised horses, layers, geese, rabbits, hogs, sheep, goats, cows, and meat birds. After our kids left for school, something had to give. Joanna and I simply weren’t up to maintaining it all on our own. We both have ‘day jobs’ and there just weren’t enough hours in the day and we weren’t able to keep up. Among all the animals that are no longer here, Joanna misses the goats the most! I miss the cows and the hogs. We continue to keep up a large spinning flock of Sheep, and a variety of poultry breeds … that keeps us quite busy enough. D

      • That is a lot of tending to and looking after. The chores would be never ending. Just the chooks on their own would be enough work. We thought about getting chooks for our suburban backyard but I thought better of it. Our neighbour is going to get some when he retires, and he said we can help him with his, as he likes to travel a lot. I’ve heard that ducks are good companions too.

        My husband raised cashmere goats when he was on five acres, before I met him. If we ever were fortunate to have a bit of land, we would get goats.

  1. This is unquestionably one of your most dramatic and effective photos. The lighting is amazing.

  2. We love the photo! By the way, will you be making more/ALL of your photos available on Smugmug? I hope so!

    • Hey … so nice to see ‘Sarah’ on my comments page. I hope when you say ‘we’ that ‘A’ liked the kid as well? In response to your question … yes, I hope to continue to rework and to accumulate photos at Smugmug as I have time to do so. Yesterday was quite busy. I hope to get some time today for such things. D

  3. A truly beautiful photo, one of your most intriguing. It took me a while to sort out my associations; what does it remind me of? One day later I knew it, I am reminded of crystals … those photos taken of jewelry by professionals … black background, interesting incidence of light that let the jewels sparkle.

  4. You are preaching to the choir about kids ๐Ÿ™‚ They really are beyond adorable. Nice, nice image with strong contrasts and lovely centering of the highlights. I also had a brief moment to look at SmugMug … I’m making a wish list ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This photo is mesmerizing. Just shows you how important light can be in an image. Really fine. PS. Have been using my pelts to keep warm while watching TV in the evenings. June has also enjoyed stroking them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You’re an ace in the capturing-beautiful-pictures department. Love this. Love the backstory too. Makes me wish I would have kids this spring from the dairy goats … but they didn’t breed and it’s just as well.

    • Thanks. This was one of those posts that I bobbled while editing! I hit the Publish button before I was ready and had to recall it. So, many of my usual ‘likers’ and ‘commenters’ couldn’t and didn’t because WordPress doesn’t send notifications of what are essentially updates. I was bummed but very happy that my most dedicated farmer-followers got to see the image of the goat. Glad you could relate. D

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