RELAXIN'

Now that the flurry of earth celebratory activities have passed we had this weekend to ourselves.   And boy did we take advantage of it – stepping away from all computer and public activity.

The goats were thrilled because that meant it was goat walking time on Saturday evening in the lower Arroyo Seco.   Goats love routines and they missed their goats walks – and we did too!

On our walk we spotted patches of wild gooseberries, roses and more.  We also noted the mexican elderberries sweet clusters of flowers knowing soon the bushes will be covered in tiny purple berries that we’ll wild harvest for wine.

We also brought along our canvas bags and collected some free goat food – oak leaves.   Speaking of a goats diet, one of THE biggest misconceptions about goats is that they eat grass.

Of course, we keep telling people the opposite, but I’ll let one of the foremost experts on goats do the talking on this one.

“Goats are browsers, not grazers.  That means that they don’t just eat grass, but they also like eating all kinds of leaves, weeds and bark.

Though goats will eat grass, if you are considering getting goats to be lawnmowers, you are going to be sorely disappointed, because they will eat your trees and roses before they will work on the lawn.”  – Molly Smith

Comments(6)

  1. Kim says:

    Good for you, nice to have down time. I love the first photo!

  2. Gardening4Life says:

    Very interesting, I didn’t know that about goats! I’m glad to see you all are getting to relax. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

  3. HippyDippyHomestead says:

    You guys really inspire!!! We have 1 1/2 acres and we are just getting started on homesteading and growing our own food. The goats are so cute!!! I love them!

  4. Mary Hysong says:

    Yup about those goats! They will eat your apple trees, rose bushes and bramble berries AND still Ignore the grass! However if you ever have like fresh lodge pole pines, throw them in the goat pen before using them to build with. The goats will eat all the needles and small twigs and strip off most of the bark for you.

    Rabbits also like a lot of things goats like. I give mine prunings from roses and bramble berries. They also really like broccoli & cauliflower stalks to gnaw on. Since their teeth grow their entire lives they need hard stuff to chew on to keep them worn down.

    Glad to see you are getting some days ‘off’! Thanks for all of your hard work! Especially on the FG site!

  5. Mary Hysong says:

    PS, sheep are probably better at eating grass, so if you want something to mow the grass and a cow is too big, a sheep or two might fill the bill.

  6. Janice says:

    You guys sure deserve lots of R&R! Enjoy your time!

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