In this case we're talking about the state of my lungs. Many of you who saw me at Stitches know that I was suffering from a third round of this bronchitis/cold thing, and let's just say that things got worse before they got better. So finally giving into common sense, I've been home for several days and broken out the honey-lemon-garlic syrup I should have brewed up weeks ago.
I've used this recipe to good effect many times before, often avoiding or reducing the suffering.
1 cup honey
juice and zest of one organic lemon
3-5 cloves garlic (if they're all big use 3, if small use 5)
1-2 sage leaves
Blend all ingredients together and let sit for 2-4 hours to homogenize. Strain using a large mesh strainer and put into a small bottle. Sip 1-2 tsps every 1-2 hours. If blended right it should taste like a lemon drop. Soothes throat stuff, coughing and kicks ass against most invaders as raw garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. I think this recipe originated from one of Christopher Hobbs' herbals, though it could belong to someone else...
In one of my rare public appearances this week a coworker came by to carpool from my house for a conference in Sacramento. "Wow, I know you said you lived on the Bear River, but you really do live right on the river! It's right there!" Yep, I really do live right on the Bear River, and the most recent rains have finally brought it up to a decent winter level of flow. I think that both Rollins and Combie Dams have been holding back on the outflow to refill the reservoirs, which is not good for the health of the river, so I'm very glad to see the level up finally. This is the view of the river from my "backyard".
She also met all of the chickens and goats. She particularly loved the goats. "They're so friendly and attentive, just like dogs." Well almost like dogs. They don't play fetch very well, but they do like being petted and scratched, with a few key differences. Goats like having their necks, chests and rumps scritched and rubbed, whereas a dog or cat will like their jaws, tops of heads and ears scritched and rubbed. With goats, scratching of the head is usually a sign of trust as they don't want their horn area messed with.
That little goat Finn, that was born last June to Dharma? He's a big goat now, as tall as his mom but still has plenty of room to grow. He's all leg right now and I expect him to end up about 20% larger than his mom by the time he finishes growing in another year.
Maharani was bred on New Year's Eve to my friend Joanne's buck Glimmercroft Stormfront, a third generation miniature La Mancha. It's very easy to breed these medium-sized goats. We watch for the girls to come in heat, snap them onto a lead and have them jump into the large dog crate in the back of the car. A twenty minute car ride later and they are flirting with the buck of choice. We stand around and shoot the breeze while the goats do their thing. Three rounds is considered successful and back home we go.
You really know you've had success when the doe doesn't come back into heat, as was the case with the little black doeling Pi. This was Pi's first time, and she didn't have a very strong heat at New Years, so even though the deed was done, it didn't take. She was very much in heat two weeks ago, so DH ran her over (I being sick) and there's no question about it this time.
Goats have a gestation period of 5 months (150 days), give or take 5 days either way, so we're expecting our first kids of the year at the end of May, and Pi in mid-July. We haven't bred Dharma just yet, so we'll have some late babies this fall. Then I'll be posting more pictures like this one of Dharma giving birth to Finn last June.