The Chinese New Year next month ushers in the Year of the Monkey. Our 2015 Year of the Goat brought us a herd in excellent health, even more fertile pastures, and re-roofed and ventilated barns. We gained our farm manager, Mark. We lost people we loved, but we have deep, happy memories and we celebrated their lives together. And there's new life to come. Adriana's Farm Baby will have a sister. And two hundred kids arrive in spring as ever. So, for us, it's another Year of the Goats - and Llamas.

It's quite miserable outside, but that's a good thing. We need to take the time to cocoon, since there's only a month until kidding season begins. The trees are bare and there's mud underfoot, but the pasture is a deep green, thanks to the rain. Satisfyingly, the fertilizer and organic manure spread in November will be going to work, making the spring grass even more nutritious.

Romantically, we've held two January weddings, both on days of winter sunshine, with a bonfire and sheepskin and felted throws in the upper barn.

Sweet-smelling straw, felted throws and wedding music in her barn

Rosie the farm dog checks out the lucky couple



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