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.