Aah, 2013. Already. Where does the time go? Oh, yeah, I remember:
Since we seem to have survived the Mayan Apocalypse, I guess we should set some goals for 2013. I said resolutions in the title, but I actually kind of lied; I make resolutions all the time, but rarely on New Year’s Day. I am not one to save them up for a special occasion that way! We do have a lot of goals for the acreage, though.
In 2013, the garden will be better. I say that every year, but this year, it is almost certain to be true, since it would be difficult to be a whole bunch worse than 2012. We are actually looking into moving the garden; it is currently a long way from the house, on the other side of a tall hedge, so we never seem to notice the weeds until they’re at the “oh, shit” stage, and if we don’t make a conscious effort to be out there every day, we get behind. We took a walk around the yard today to get a sense of where we could put a new garden area; there is no single spot big enough, but if we split the garden into two or three areas, we might be able to fit it in somewhere near the small barn. Stay tuned.
In 2013, we will be better prepared for kidding. We’re already way ahead on this one, just with the stuff that we got last season. We have some frozen milk from Saffron, as well as milk replacer. We have bottles, nipples, towels, preparation-H, a thermometer, molasses, and tattoo equipment. We will be signing ourselves up with the Canadian registry this week, and will hopefully have an official herd name and tattoo soon thereafter. We held off breeding the does, and did not put them in with the buck until mid-November. That means that even if someone kids significantly early, we’re still looking at April, not February. We put Saffron, Missy, and Skye in with the buck; we hope they were all successfully bred. Time will tell, I suppose.
In 2013, we will shear the alpacas. Somehow.
We are researching the possibility of adding bees, and maybe turkeys. Maybe. We would like to add more hens to the flock, but we still have a freezer full of roosters, so we may have to break down and buy adult hens. I am also looking into getting another buck, so that we can keep some of Tuscan’s daughters in our herd…Aurora (Missy’s daughter from 2012) in particular, is a very nice looking little doe.
There are many other thoughts, dreams, and goals, but those are the most realistic of the bunch; some have made it as far as to become actual plans. We had a lovely stroll around the property this morning, and I took a few photographs, so I will leave you with some pretty pictures, and our best wishes to you for 2013!