Yesterday was our first full day with new WWOOFer intern Ursula and watching that little lady in action is like watching a typhoon passing through. When our newest volunteer arrived at the ranch, I was concerned that she would be blown away by a passing breeze but Ursula will have a go at anything and her diminutive stature only increases her determination to be fully active and involved, seemingly in four places at once !! Her biggest achievement yesterday and one we are very grateful for was painting the fly screen door which had been repaired so successfully by Derek and Lesley, earlier and much missed volunteers. When I peeped around the corner of the barn, there she was waving two paint brushes around at the same time, somehow I think that Ursula’s time here as ranch hand and part of our extended family will be memorable and enjoyable.
Whilst Ursula became familiar with our animals and shadowed Greg and I as we got to work on the daily chores, Quatre, a returning and very accomplished member of our WWOOFer A team knew exactly what to do and where to be. Thanks for coming back Quatre, we missed you.
Little Danielle, the goat who tried, but failed to fly, continues to concern us. Her injuries, diagnosed by Doctor Maci after x-rays should be well on the way to being healed but she continues to lose weight at an alarming rate and if goats can be depressed, Danielle is severely depressed. We try to tempt her with everything we can think of but Danielle takes a sample and turns her head in disgust. Our huge thanks to Alicia from Cenex who spent a long time discussing the goats symptoms and trying to help us to cure the broken, depressed doeling…Prozac comes to mind but I’m not sure I can convince my doctor I am that depressed!!! Aliesha even went above and beyond to bring some samples to the farm. Thank you Aliesha, we are really grateful.
Got to go, …..Lamb Chop and Macho have apparently staged a break out during the night and are happily munching their way through my gardens…bet they haven’t eaten any weeds !!
Take care, keep safe, M