Spring has finally arrived with temperatures now in the high twenties and this morning we didn’t have to make a fire for the first time since May. I have shockingly neglected this blog due to the weather, which made everything harder , various craft activities and the American presidential race which was truly nail biter for the past 6 months at least.
Various attempts at meeting others for Ostara and Beltane rituals failed due to illness and the weather, but we celebrated spring by attending the Baroque Horse festival at Kryal Castle.
Here we are now drowning in grass and our heard of 23 sheep and 3 goats is barely making a dent. Under normal circumstances 15 animals would be enough. A few sessions with the whipper snipper have forged some paths in the garden, but there is no way to get it all done right now.
Have begun preparations for the veggie garden, as the nights are finally getting above 10 degrees and the seedlings have outgrown their containers and are impatiently waiting to be planted.
There is no light without darkness.
“Taoists view the universe as the same as, or inseparable from, themselves so that Lao-tzu could say, “Without leaving my house, I know the whole universe.” This implies that the art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one’s actions may use them and not fight them.” ~Alan Watts
“At the very roots of Chinese thinking and feeling there lies the principle of polarity, which is not to be confused with the ideas of opposition or conflict. In the metaphors of other cultures, light is at war with darkness, life with death, good with evil, and the positive with the negative, and thus an idealism to cultivate the former and be rid of the latter flourishes throughout much of the world.
To the traditional way of Chinese…
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Due to bad external fencing and an angry neighbour I had to say goodbye to 6 of my 9 goats this week. While the goats only ever got into the road for short periods and hardly ever went to angry neighbours driveway he lost it a few weeks ago when some of them allegedly ate some newly planted flax from his nature strip. He then proceeded to call the ranger who was much more understanding of our predicament and did not have a problem with the goats getting out for brief periods (they usually used the road as a shortcut to move from one part of our property to another.
the ranger told us just to keep an eye on the goats. Fixing the front fence is not really much of an option, as the goats can also get out through bad share fences which other idiot neighbours refuse to fix and then end up in the road anyway. It would take a dispute and probably a court date with our Italian neighbours, as their property surrounds us on three sides. Angry neighbour who used to be our friend knows this, but proceeded to take pictures every time the goats got out. He then also made complaints about the ranger to his superiors. He also left abusive messages .
If angry neighbour had just listened to us instead of screaming we would have told him weeks ago that we were already planning to sell most of the goats, as even new fences would not keep some of them in if they were only standard height. We had been holding off because there was a drought until April and planned to sell in August at the height of the weed and grass season when people are desperate for stock. Not to make money but to ensure a quick sale.
In the meantime angry neighbour erected an electric fence on his nature strip, which was promptly pushed down during the night by some other neighbour’s escaping cows or kangaroos (but of course he blamed our goats who were in the stable at the time) We rang up the council to complain, as he is not allowed to claim nature strip and erect a fence on it, so the next day he had to remove it.
The ranger in the end told angry neighbour that he would fine him if he did not register his dogs pronto. He also encouraged me to take pictures of angry neighbour’s dogs in the road, because angry neighbour is a psycho hypocrite whose stock we repeatedly returned to his property but of course we had no proof.
On Monday night angry neighbour whose name is Tim Gordyn trespassed onto our property trying to terrorise us and we had to call police. They didn’t turn up until 4 hours later and could not do anything since all he had done was trying to sneak in and open the front door, not realizing there was someone still up at midnight.
Fun and games. I kept my lovely Daenerys and Jon Snow and Gilly the cheeky bugger and they have already proven more manageable. We also met a nice guy from Clunes who bought two of our yearling ewes and plans to get two more.
The rest of the goats were picked up in a luxury horse float on Thursday.
Bye Bye to my lovely Drogo and Sam and 4 other goats.
Drogo, the big boss leader.
Sam, Drogo’s best buddy and the loveliest of them all, such a gentle soul
Th royal couple, Jon Snow and Daenerys. They got to stay as they are not fence jumpers.
Silly Gilly my favourite , a human in a goat body.
The cottage is a work in progress, but there is electricity and running water. I spent about 12 hours cleaning it, but still lots to do. It will need a new roof and repainting, plus we need to put in the spare woodheater from the back of the house as the one in the cottage is completely broken. At the moment I am using electrical heating when I need it.
Have been busy lately because of this little monster: My 8 months old border collie girl Bonnie.
Because you don’t mess with a great song . Prince. Forever.