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job well done

Well they did it, the rent a goats did a great job.  We can see into the woods where at one time was so thick you couldn't.



While trying to load the goats into the trailer one got away.  She was quite content to be on the other side of the fence.  It was quite hilarious watching us trying to round up the stray one.

Loose one


Keeping watch

Finally they're all rounded up and in the trailer they go.

All in

Locking them in

See ya later girls, you'll be back as we have more land that needs to be cleared out.

Full load




Photo overload!

A lot of our woods has been overtaken by invasive species plants that will choke out all the other good plants and trees that we want to keep.  In the local paper there was an article that showed how someone had taken care of this problem on their property.  So, Jim called the guy up and he came over to check things out.  He left, then was back with some fencing to put around the thick area we want cleaned up.

More fencing

Fence 2

Fence 1


Property line

Look at how thick it is, you can't even see through it.


So what's the fencing for you ask...Goats!  43 of them to be exact.

The truck and trailer


Letting them out

They know the routine.

43 goats



We will check them everyday to make sure they haven't knocked down any of the fencing (which by the way is electric, tho it has a very low voltage but they don't go anywhere near it) and water them.

Taking a drink

Taking a long drink

All done

I'll be back

It's never a dull moment here at Gentle Hearth Farm.


fun day

Wow, we had a wonderful anniversary.  It started out with me making pancakes, served with local bacon and our maple syrup.


We took a drive down to Galena Illinois.


We window shopped, went into shops, tho I had nothing in mind to buy so I didn't.  We visited a museum, which I will post about later.  I'll give you a hint in the photo below.

Copyright 1895

We had a delicious lunch in a cute cafe.  It was a busy weekend there and so many people were on motorcycles.

Galena illinois

Thanks for the anniversary wishes.  We are so blessed!