It is a dark morning on the farm. And I hate to say it, but our Rain has been missing for over a week now. The Barred Owl has been hooting his hoot around our farm all the long nights long and we are convinced he must have taken Rain away. It is hard to think about. We have a very loyal cast of characters that make Big Picture Farm what it is and Rain was certainly an outstanding one that has left a big fuzzy imprint on our hearts. She is sorely missed. Our good mornings and good evenings are empty without her greetings.
Welcome back, sun.
Tonights dinner. A collaboration between the rain and the forest. #loveblacktrumpets
It has been a long week. But tomorrow we are off the the vt cheese fest! This will be our third year at the festival, but our first time with cheese to sell. Exciting and intimidating all at once. See you there? Hope so! #vtcheesefest
It is high summer. Tall grass grazing season.
Orion and her daughter Adele.
As many of you know, Orion is our herd queen. She now has four daughters on this farm and even more granddaughters (and great grand daughters!). While she is an outstanding milker with superlative behavior on the milking platform she is also an incredibly hearty goat that never complains. She barely utters a peep, and when she does it is a heart breaking little sad cry. You very rarely hear it. Above all though she is a super mother. She comes up to the milking platform without fail in the last line each time, Adele at her side. She is a majestic lady that we owe a great debt to. We were very lucky to have Orion as our first goat.
So, want to take a stroll with me?
Had the great pleasure of being photographed last week by @alissaroo for a project she’s working on. Very excited to have a family photo with both of us in it for a change! #alissaroo
Queens. Hanging out in the shady nook of an old apple tree.
After each milking the goats return to a new pasture, & in each new pasture they also get fresh water. Unfortunately Josie seems to think that we go to all this effort to provide her with a fresh swimming pool twice a day….
All that good black gold the goats make us in the winter sure does make new flower beds lush in the summer.
A little shade, a cool breeze, some dappled sunlight kisses. Perfect afternoon nap weather.
The garden in July.