Sunday, October 30, 2016


It is never fun to wait except perhaps for the lingering anticipation of something good about to happen. I have had hundreds of kids born over the years and logic dictates  along with good budgeting that they all can't stay. So I have kissed goodbye a good number of goat kids over the years and a lesser number of adults. I have listened to my heart and my head when placing my animals and I have done well for the most part. 

Today  Onyx came home. Onyx was born in 2011 and was one of many bottle babies that year. But she was a sweet kid with a calm disposition and her Dam (mother for non goat types) was a lovely doe name Walnetto Farm Katz's Pajamas. PJ gave copious amounts of lovely milk and I was happy to have a daughter from her. Time marched on as it does and in July of 2012 just 8 short months after moving onto our 42 Acres of Paradise Geoffrey became ill with a life threatening disease. That was a game changer and of the 23 LaMancha's that made the move with us over the next 2 years the herd was reduced to only 8 total. Sweet Onyx was sold to a friend and two years later was sold to another friend. 

But today Walnetto Farm Black Onyx came home. Sweet and calm as ever she jumped down from her cage in the back of the pickup and entered the barn she had spent  her last year with us in as a two year old

 Hi Mom it has been awhile. We had hugs and pets I fed her peanuts , a goat favorite around here and she ate them happily from my hand.

 Onyx came on a mission however not to live her life out here but to have a meet and greet with this handsome fellow. Walnetto Farm LB Jamboree.

 And then she will return to her home with my second set of friends who bought her from my first set of friends. She will undoubtedly steal my heart again while she is with us. But she is well cared for and loved by her new people . So I will enjoy Onyx while she is here and then send her back down the road home. 

 While speaking of critters I am so excited to share with you my new find. I recently discovered the world of e-books. Yup I am old school and love the feel of a book in hand and the scent of a new book is a comfort moment from many years before. But this e-book thing certainly has a place in the world and will reach many in a quick fashion.

 I have enjoyed  Leigh Tate's blog for a long time. And the frosting on the cake is Leigh has published multiple e-books about just almost every homesteading topic under the sun.

 Her Critter Tales has been reintroduced as individual volumes. That way you can conveniently order all or  only the individual e-books pertaining to the particular critter you are interested in.  The e-book pertaining to bees "Honey Bee Tales and Postscript"

 caught my eye right off . I am most impressed at the thoroughness of  Leigh's research on her topic. And all the practical information on how to order or make your equipment , information on the equipment and color photo's . So with that said I am having my very first giveaway! For everyone who comments on this post with the words "honey bee" in their comment by Friday November 4th no later than midnight  PDT you will be entered into the drawing for a copy of this e-book.  Winner to be announced on Saturday November 5th. With this being an e-book this giveaway is open to the world.
I am obligated to keep this honest to share that I am compensated with product for having this giveaway to share Leigh's wonderful work. But I want to also be clear that I am so impressed with the amount of information shared I would have done this giveaway  to help out a fellow blogger get the word out so everyone has a chance to benefit from it.

And a last tidbit for you all is that even if you aren't the lucky winner you can go to Leigh's blog and check out her e-books .  While there you can pick up a copy of Concerning Critters for FREE! Yes that is correct a free download that lets you get to know Leigh, husband Dan and what makes their homestead tick !



At November 3, 2016 at 9:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Onyx is such a beautiful girl! The goats I got from you are beautiful too. Love them!


At November 3, 2016 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS: Honeybee!

At November 3, 2016 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Thanks Deb I do still love this one!

At November 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Your entered into the giveaway drawing on Sat. the 5th!


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