Sadly, this month we lost our milking goat, Betsy. One evening she had an upset tummy and the next day she was gone. It was quite a shock for us and we are left with only two goats, neither of which are in milk. We find ourselves running out of milk constantly as we can’t get used to buying it from the shops!
She was milked twice a day every day and therefore we could never really leave the croft for very long. In fact we haven’t both had a night away from here for the last 13 years!
As we had relatives staying with us who could look after the dogs and keep an eye on the rest of the menagerie, we took the opportunity to snatch a few days break on the West Coast.
We stayed in a lovely B&B and spent our days sightseeing at Fort Augustus, Fort William and of course, we couldn’t miss the great glen, Glencoe. The weather wasn’t great but it didn’t rain too much and thankfully, the midges were nowhere to be seen.
Now our batteries are recharged, we are ready to tackle hay making, should the sun ever decide to return.
In the meantime Toby is reaching the adolescent ‘naughty teenager’ stage in his life, and as he is also getting bigger and heavier, it is important to try and maintain his training while he works through it. Not easy for us, particularly as his training classes have finished and the incentive to show off his week’s work has finished with them!
Thankfully he has one particular trick to fall back on, which he perfoms twice daily at feeding time – ‘Bring da Bowl’. Once all of the dogs have finished eating, we line the bowls up and Toby fetches them all one by one! Here he is in action:
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