Nuala's Notes

Spring brings new arrivals

Posted by tb on 27 March 2019

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Hello everyone,

I’m really excited and a bit nervous because my baby is almost due. When I lie quietly in the straw I can feel the kicking inside me. One of the sheep has got in first though and I can see her lamb jumping around in the big field. Lambs are wonderful jumpers but goats are better, we are built for it!

The big news this month is the birthday party they had; I’ve never seen so many people here. Orchard Trust, where I live, was 30 years old and lots of friends, old and new, came to celebrate. There was a huge cake with bright orange icing but we goats didn’t get any; apparently it’s not good for us. I was a bit jealous because the ewe with the lamb got to go and meet everyone and they were holding her lamb and making a fuss of her.

The weather has been terrible, I’m so glad I have a nice solid shelter with plenty of straw to get out of the rain. I think they are building us a new house because there will be too many for this one when my sister Niamh and I have our family. Some of the people came and very carefully laid some heavy slabs on the ground and then they put a wooden floor on top. I think there is going to be a bit more to it than that but we all love jumping on and off the new floor.

There is always lots going on here and we are all curious to find out what is happening. Millie the pig has been away for a while but we think she is coming back soon. Last weekend, when it was quiet, one of the people came and built a new house for her. I think she too will be having babies when she comes back, so by the time Spring is at its height there will be loads of young things running and jumping about in the paddocks here.  I hope lots of people will come and see them. 

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Welcome to the farm

Posted by Nuala on 4 March 2019

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Welcome to my new monthly blog, Nuala's notes.  I'm Nuala and I live at the Orchard Trust smallholding with all my friends.

I'm going to be telling you some stories from the farm; things I see and hear from my paddock and the comings and goings of our visitors.

I am a young pygmy goat and I live with my small herd on the farm where my friends the sheep, Millie the pig, the ducks and all the chickens help the staff at Orchard Trust look after our visitors.

It is lovely here today, the winter is coming to an end and the first flowers of spring have come out.  I wonder what they will taste like?

I'm getting excited and a bit nervous because there are babies inside me.  This is my first time as a mother and I think they will be born in a few weeks.  My mum, Clover, tells me I was a lovely kid and my little brother and sister, born last spring, are beautiful as well.  I hope my baby (will there be one or two?) will be just as lovely.

I'm looking forward to our visitors meeting them; I love it when they get all excited about feeding and holding us.

Over the fence in the sheep paddock all the ewes are also getting ready to have their babies, they are due about the same time as me.  Sheep are so much calmer than us goats; you never see them jumping around the paddock just to see what it feels like.

Today is house cleaning day.  The people who come to the Day Centre will sweep out all the old straw, clean the floor and fill it up with lovely new fresh-smelling bedding.  I like the Day Centre people, they always smile when they see us and they help each other with the work.

They work with all the animals, but I think they like us best as we are so friendly and gentle.  Would you like to come and visit us we always like to see new faces!

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