Friday, July 10, 2009

For the love of Liberty

Harmony Homestead Liberty

She was born on Memorial Day, 2008, and named in honor of our Veterans.

My Father was a WWII Veteran, serving in the Pacific. He had passed away the in the autumm of 2007. His last word spoken was "Goldilocks" As young children, our father told us this story many times at our bedtime, and we have very fond memories of these special times.

During his last days, under hospice care, he placed his weak hand on his great grandchild's head Kaylee Rose, and said in a whisper, "Goldilocks".
Kaylee was about 9 months old, and has beautiful golden hair. She was just learning to crawl, and she brought us cherished moments of respite as we waited by my father's hospice bedside.

When Liberty was born the following spring, her color was the same as Kaylee's hair.

We watched Kaylee playing in the goat pen, with Liberty . My mom nicknamed Liberty "Goldilocks " seeing Kaylee and Liberty play together so sweetly.

Sadly and suddenly, we lost Liberty to a meningeal worm infection this week. The worm had done it's damage in the central nervous system, and we decided to have her put to sleep. This parasite is a very hard one to fight with de wormers. With the excessive wet weather we have had, the conditions for this parasite to do damage were grounded.

Liberty was full of promise. She was beautiful! She was only one year old, and I had big plans to use her as my foundation doe for future breeding's with the Harmony Homestead herd name.

I'll admit, most people do not have the pleasure of quietly experiencing "life in the moment " with a goat. Liberty shared her gentle disposition with ease.

She is now buried under the apple tree near the garden bridge my father put together and painted for me. The bridge symbolizes the transition from life to death, and brings honor to the relatedness of grief and hope, the old and young, the strong and gentle.

I wanted to express how an animal can weave the pieces of our lives together in ways we could never predict.

We will miss Liberty but always cherish her gift of helping us live our lives more fully in simple harmony.

Friday, July 3, 2009

It has been awhile....

Since the last post, life has been very full. For those of you I don't see very often, I will try to cut and paste a brief summary of the Happenings...

In May, a road trip with our family, Sarah, Mary, and Gramma B to attend Nicole's graduation from UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine. We had a wonderful time and were so happy to share this extraordinary accomplishment. It was truly one of the happiest moments in our lives.

Dr. Deegan and Dr. Donahue

Shortly after , we had a very nice catered party here for our RI family to celebrate the occassion with us. Julia visited home for a week, before heading back to Delaware, her preferred state of residence as she nears her senior year at UD.

In June, I attended a 2 day workshop on dying sponsered by the RI Spinner's Guild.
It was informative, creative, and full of color and fibers.

The following week The RI Spinner's Guild came to our Homestead to meet and spin ...We had good food, and newly dyed fleece to spin. The weather cooperated very nicely as we spun outdoors on the deck. I was too busy having fun to take pictures.

Now it is time to get the goat kids ready for their new homes.....Saying goodbye to the little ones is a difficult part of goat breeding for me.

Angelica, the sweetest baby girl we have grown to love.