When I dreamed of one day owning my own little farm, I never really thought about the lessons I would learn. When we made the decision to move to the country, I knew the experience would be a good one for the kids, but I never imagined how much learning we would all go through.
One thing I have learned to love about country and hobby farm living is the adventure. Each day has the potential to throw you a new curve or test your abilities. While many days are uneventful, you can always count on something unexpected to occur eventually.
Today I learned a few new things. The first one being the importance of help, particularly the help from people with experience… experts as they call them. After a lesson with a horse trainer we learned that the way we were doing things wasn’t working. So, we have been considering some new directions on the horse front going forward.
The second event was more of a problem-solving situation. These happen often for us on our farm. Something changes the way things are and we have to adapt. Today it was the weather.
For the past week, the Pacific Northwest has been hammered with moisture – far more than typical for one week, even in this wet climate. We have had snow, ice and lots of rain. The ground is completely saturated. Water is leaking into everything, including our barns, shelters and pens. Our pasture has turned into a lake. We have water places we have never had to deal with before.
The main problem for our animals is to ensure they can get out of the wet. Tonight I realized that was impossible for our two adult goats. Our pasture has truly flooded; water is seeping out of the ground everywhere, even in the shelters. The goat shelter has a raised platform for them to sleep on, but since we separate the kids from the adults at night, only the kids get access to the platform. So, today we moved the kids out of the goat pasture up into the main barn in the horses shelter (since the horses are still staying at the boarding facility). That way the kids can be dry and so can the adults.
I spend a lot of time just standing and looking at our farm when I struggle with problems. Usually I can logic out some solution… letting my mind wander and contemplate. For tonight, I have everything situated… at least until the next problem arises.