Firstly, I would like to apologize for not submitting an article last week. Rather than typing and making phone calls, I spent a few days instead on the couch. Grimly, I took my turn as a nasty, but brief, tummy bug ripped through our family. A week later we find ourselves in good health but my sympathies to those who are under the weather, reading this from the confines of their sick beds. Lately I have run into several people who are struggling with allergies or colds and it seems that the weather has turned for the season. Autumn has arrived, ready or not!
One of the many perks, if you are of a mind to enjoy fall, is that Fair season is upon us! The Big O in Oxford is running this week and we are hoping to attend. Last year I got a glimpse of its inner workings when I helped a friend to show her goats. There were more than 40 goats there! I had never actually seen a goat show before and now, a year later I find myself eager to show my own goats. My favorite goat, Espri, has the potential to be shown. I was fortunate enough to trace her back to her original owner and discovered that she is Recorded Grade, meaning that we can prove her to be 75 percent Saanen-25 percent Alpine through registered parents. I hope to go through the appropriate steps to have her be registered in my herd.
Now the pressure is on to finally decide on an actual name for my herd and our farm. Espri is milking three quarts twice a day, so if my math is correct we are getting a gallon and a half per day from her alone. She is a bountiful milker, providing enough for her two girls, our two pigs and the occasional batch of string cheese as well. I thank her each time for her wonderful milk with a few pats and a scratch or two and she in turn rewards me with a little nuzzle on my neck, which in goat means “you’re welcome.”
The Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge will be holding its Fall Wellness Weekend Oct. 16 and 17 with “Five practitioners offering their services throughout the weekend. Why not take some time to relax, reflect and treat yourself to a restful, inspiring weekend!” For more info or to register you can contact Polly Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 824-2073. I know of several women here in Newry who have taken advantage of the masseuse a time or two in years past, a true delight for tired muscles I was told.
I noticed the other day, while driving by, that Norman’s farm stand looks fit to bust at the seams, overflowing with assorted vegetables. His gardens have produced quite well this year as have mine. I may even, don’t faint now, have my first ever crop of corn! The ears have silks and are 6 to 8 inches long but still haven’t filled out yet; I sure hope they do. You may remember me mentioning this spring that I have never had a successful crop in all my years of planting corn, just lots of practice hilling. I’m not going to hold my breath mind you nor count my chickens either but I do hope that this is the year!
Not to dwell on the farm but I couldn’t help but mention our funny ha, ha with counting chickens before they hatch. As summer progressed here, our supply of eggs seemed to drop off rather severely and periodically we find out why. Every so often, either, Kaiya, Samuel or Benny will come running to the house with excited reports of baby chicken sightings. We’ve never had hens go “broody” before so this has been fun and funny. So far we have three mamas with their chicks and two more (that we know of) sitting on proudly-guarded nests. But who knows what the head or rather “hen” count will be before snow flies!
Lastly, an update on previously mentioned craft fair interest. Mandy Berry and myself have received positive feedback and we are thinking possibly Oct. 23. More info to come -- stay tuned!
Contact me email@example.com or the good ole fashioned way at 824-0836 Bless and keep until next week!