We have the billy goat buck, and as I sit here typing, his billy smell wafts from my hands as they move over the keyboard. It has been a great adventure so far. We had planned for him to spend time with only two of our does, but of course, he had his own plan which involved getting under the fence of his smaller pen. Seen here, chasing after the one goat we had not planned for him to get to know. Our donkey was not happy to have him come uninvited under the fence and she had him in a grip with her teeth, hauling him around to show him who is the boss of the farm. Today they seem to have made peace and he is still in one piece.
Having been warned that billy goats can be nasty mean, we are very happy to have the perfect gentle goat for our campus. He is quite friendly if you are not trying to get him to go where he doesn't want to go.
Today, the primary students harvested lavender and then taught the older students how to do it. Lavender sorbet and lavender chocoloate are two of my favorite plans for our first harvest. We planted these last spring. Good things come to those who can wait.
At snack time, several intermediate students made up a new batch of hummingbird feeder nectar. They used four parts water to two parts sugar. I hope you caught our hummingbird live web cam last week. We are back to chick cam now. The chicks are getting bigger every day and can fly up to the rim of their chicken hotel.
Last week the intermediate students drove to Smithville to dig red clay, which we will use next week when we do the final plastering on our cob oven. We went to a really cool organic farm in the piney woods that is off the grid. We ate lunch under the stark skeletal burned trees at Bastrop State Park. One last photo for this blog...a before picture of our oven taken recently.