I don't know if I've mentioned it before but we had six bee hives last fall and lost all of them over winter.
We belong to a small bee keeping group in our county and although a few of the members made it through the winter with one or two hives surviving, most of them lost all their hives as we did. It was a bad winter for bees.
Nucs (a colony of bees with a queen) are expensive, but we didn't want to be without any bees as they are important pollinators and help our gardens tremendously. We're going to baby this nuc along this summer and do all we can to help it make it through the winter of 2018-19.
The family at the place where we got the bees also raises dairy goats and they had a whole yard full of mama and baby goats. The breed they keep is Oberhasli, goats originally from Switzerland.
This breed has extremely calm, friendly natures and were eager to say hello.
Getting some good shots of the kids was difficult as they were cavorting around their pasture, only slowing down now and then to take a refreshing drink from their mamas.
This doe had to have an emergency C-Section this year. (Note the shaved flank.) But she recovered totally and looked healthy and happy. The daughter in the family shows these goats and this particular one is a two time champion, but because of what the doe went through this kidding season, they won't take the chance breeding her again which is unfortunate because there won't be the opportunity to get more great offspring from her.
No, we didn't bring one (or two or four) of the goats home with us. Sigh. Would have been easy to do, but right now it doesn't fit into our plans. Darn.
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Although this is the first of May, my first of the month picture of the raised garden beds will appear tomorrow. (Yep, a day late and a dollar short again!)