Well, first there’s the baby goats. Last Friday, we collected our foster goat, Tayish. He belongs to a friend from our synagogue who won him in a raffle, believe it or not. He’s a 10 week old wether, and the kids have made a pet of him. Here’s Simon holding him:
Then, on Sunday, Bast gave us our first birth and our first doe of the season, Calliope. It was nice for Bast that she just had the one little one – last year in her first season she had triplets!
Each season’s babies name choices have a “theme” – this year is Greek mythology. Calliope was a (probably hopeless) expression of the hope we’ll get enough doelings to make a full set of nine muses (and a way of avoiding Simon’s fantasy that we’ll have triplet does he can name Alecto, Magaera and Tisiphone – that’s just a little ominous ;-)). On a completely geekily irrelevant note, we already have a cat named Mnemosyne.
Arava was next in line and gave us twin bucklings on Wednesday, Orpheus was tiny and loud:
And his brother Daedalus was big and quiet, at least by baby goat standards.
Here are all three kids with their kids!
There are lots of other signs of spring here – seedlings taking the air:
Lungwort, Ramps and Bloodroot coming up in the woodland garden:
But let’s be honest, around here, it is all about the cuteness!
Time for Orpheus’s nap!