Breakfast, Bluebells and Goats.

In Animals, Cooking, Gardening, sustainable living on April 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Bella, on the left, is one year old today. Her mother Enid is still giving plenty of milk for our needs. There is enough for making paneer, for souring for brown bread instead of buying buttermilk and even enough for an occasional bowl of custard. There is a misconception that goats need to kid every year to produce milk. Not true. We always milk for 2 years. It won’t be as much as the 1st year but we are not into maximum production. We love our animals and look after them well. We keep goats because we like them, but also to free ourselves from involvement in the cruel practices that are part and parcel of the dairy industry, both cows and goats. Enid will milk until Autumn then be dried off and rested for 2 years. Enid will be put in kid in November and hopefully be kidding 5 months later.

We like to start the day with a good breakfast here in Arigna. Today we had sourdough pancakes, really nice! I made the sourdough starter last September using our own grapes as a starter. I use the sourdough in bread and cakes too. Sourdough makes the gluten easier to digest and is good for the intestinal flora. The flavour seems to improve the longer you have the starter.

Yesterday we went to Deereen Wood near Boyle, it is a spectacular sight at the moment as the Bluebells are flowering. Bluebells spread quickly so there are more every year. A sight to lift and lighten anyone’s heart.

We were amazed to come upon this single magenta coloured Bluebell. Have often seen light pink ones but this was a really striking colour. I wonder if this will spread like the blue ones.

  1. Reminds me of the spring again. Lovely happy post….it really is the good life in Arigna……even pink bluebells……lovely. Ca

  2. What a fabulous blog Bridget…. so glad you came by.
    Feast for the eyes and so much good stuff to read…I’ll be back… Sourdough is delicious … I got a part time job a few years ago with a artisan baker nearby and still go around to by the wonderful sourdough breads he makes… and he puts sourdough in the brownies and … well most things!
    I want to look into all the leads for seed saving in Ireland and see more of your posts!

  3. Ahhh….both mammy Enid and baby Belle are adorable. I would love to have some here with us, but we have so little land (less than 3/4 of an acre) and even worse, much too near to a main road…which is why our cats are indoor-only kitties.

    I agree with you – bluebells are gorgeous, and a true feast for the eyes. Isn’t spring just such an uplifting and wonderful season? All the new growth, all the colours bursting forth.

    I’ve never been to Dereen Wood, but definitely want to check it out the next time we’re in Boyle (which will probably be next weekend).

    Thanks for sharing, Bridget.

    • Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, Derreen Wood is beautiful, should still be nice next weekend. So many people there every day, there was even a fashion shoot there during the week! Happy Mayday to you and yours.

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