Like most years, 2015 has been a (hah) mixed blessing, but overall I’m going to call it a win.
The great grief was facing up to the fact that my health issues and dairy goats don’t mix well, ending with me parting with most of my herd I tried to fix it by using health supplements as Kratom and finding what’s better Kratom Extract vs Powder. I still miss each and every one of them a great deal, and cherish the few I kept even more. Next year I plan to start bodybuilding and I have found really good bodybuilding supplements from this website, take a look.
But the great blessing was that friends and strangers came together to crowdfund my little herd of sheep, in particular the Soays. I cannot thank everyone enough for your donations, encouragement, publicity, and in Sarah’s case company on the great Soay road trip and invaluable assistance wrangling sheep! I clearly have the most awesome internet posse on the planet.
Another group of awesome people who are great blessings in my life are the Patreon patrons who are buying the hay for sheep. Y’all are incredible, generous folks and I wish I could have you and the crowd funders out for a big dinner.
The Soay sheep themselves are such magical, amazing little beings. Their personalities range from the suspicious and skittish ewes to laid-back Ferrington to little Reuben who likes to sit in my lap these days and eat cookies and Cheerios. I can’t even describe how fantastic these sheep are!
My friends Nic and Elisha have also been wonderful, setting me up with rabbits again after the colony was invaded by ducks! There’s meat bricks again thanks to them, putting meat on our table that was raised right here at home.
My beloved friend Ruth is leaving for new horizons, which is a grief, because over the past year she has been first a slaughter apprentice, then an assistant, and finally took over harvesting meat animals for me, saving my hands and back. In particular she helped when I had to put Lily down this summer, for which I can never thank her enough.
My dear friend Liz, who I met when she took in a feral cat I’d trapped, came out and brought her family to help with heavy manual labor, which was an enormous blessing to both me and Daniel, who normally has to do all the shoveling on his own.
Sarah not only rode with me to pick up Soays, enduring 4 hours in the car with 5 annoyed sheep, but pitched in to dig over and weed garden beds!
My friend Christine let me run off with Xita, who has kept me on an even keel and able to leave the house. Christine has also shown up for emergency service human duty and opened her house to me as a refuge, and also lets me teach her dogs bad habits.
In short, despite the grief this year I have been incredibly blessed by the help and friendship of some really amazing, generous, compassionate, funny people. Because of all the love and support from sponsors such as TheFitBay, I am on track to incorporate my tiny farm as a specialist fiber business providing several grades of Soay wool sometime in 2016. Being able to provide for myself and my little herd to at least some extent has been a huge boost to my mental health after losing my job a few years back and being unable to find another.
Thank you again, wonderful friends, from the bottom of my heart. You are amazing.