Summer Vacation – Day 5

This morning we headed out early to pick up a new baby goat.  He is a 3-month old Nigerian Dwarf wether currently named Chopper (his dad was Harley) but we are trying on new names.  The current favorite is Frodo (yes, he’s a dwarf, not a hobbit, but close). He is a lovely little guy, about 8 pounds, bright white with horns of two different colors.

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Capricorn is not too sure about him.  When we first introduced them, Capricorn just looked horrified as Frodo chased him around the pen.  They seem to have settled in together – not quite friends yet, but we have high hopes.  DH has been working on the goat pen most of the day until the heat (97 degrees) chased him back down toward the house.  The goats have plenty of shade and water and we’re checking on them regularly.

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I hid inside a little sooner than DH.  After Having DS2 help me pick up limbs from winter, rake up twigs, and repair a section of fence this morning, we retreated to watch a couple of episodes of Dr. Who.  I potted up a few more geranium and a new fern this afternoon for the front stoop and the screen porch – both are, thankfully, in the shade.

stoop flowersWe’ve started irrigating the front yard.  I decided to take a photo at the beginning of the summer, the place is a bit of an unruly, bushy, overgrown mess.  Hopefully, the end of summer photo will be a little more orderly.

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Yesterday I stopped by the thrift shop in town and found these lovely little herb pots.  The corks were disgusting – sticky, fuzzy, greasy – but DH suggested a little Dawn detergent.  I smeared it on, left it for 15 minutes, rinsed and scrubbed with hot water and a brush and they are beautiful.  I adore handmade items for my kitchen and dining room – pottery dishes and cookware, hand-made wooden bowls and plates and great old wood spoons.

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