Welcome to the farm

Posted by Nuala on 4 March 2019

goats feeding finished

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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  • 11/10/2019 9:22am
  • The Friends AGM is on 22nd October at 7.00 pm at Inn on the Wye. There is food available to purchase if anyone attending does not have time to eat before coming.

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