Well… I was able to finish the shed just in time for our trip down to Camden on Saturday to pick up our baby goats. It was a pretty momentous trip for us. It has been seven years that we have been looking forward to taking on goats and we are finally there. Lots of new beginnings for us this year.
The girls did great on the ride back from Camden. Hephzibah (“Effie”) sat on Julia’s lap and Beulah (“B”) rode in a peach crate at her feet. Since they’ve been handled so much by children they really are attached to humans.
The hinges were made by blacksmith Joe Meltreder down the road from us. Joe is the blacksmith that does demonstrations at the Wilson Museum in Castine. His work is beautiful. These wonderful strap hinges on traditional pintels along with the door pull cost us $80. This is an incredible deal. If you’ve ever done blacksmithing or have commissioned a blacksmith, you know how much work and skill it takes to create something as elegant as these. I think we have at least ten blacksmiths within twenty miles of our house. (In fact, I’ve heard even the legendary Peter Ross started out in my neck of the woods.)This peninsula is rich with traditional skills.
Here is a video tour of our goat setup:
This summer has been blowing right by. We’ve had a very busy schedule this year. It seems sometimes that nothing gets totally completed when you are trying to do so many things at once. I have a feeling one day we will all of the sudden realize it is all completed at the same time. (At least that’s what I am choosing to believe.)
The studio building has been delayed due to many factors but not insignificantly my hernia/ whatever they finally decide it actually is. It first acted up about a month and a half ago and has been causing problems ever since. Needless to say this is making the logistics of getting this thing completed a little fuzzy. I’m quite sure it is going to take longer than expected. But that’s okay. This is the way life rolls. I frequently remind myself of some sagacious advice a friend shared with me a few years ago: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be easily broken. Amen and amen.