Today's goatwalking was really pleasant. We're getting into the routine now and having our normal May walks on all the dry days.
We live on a 160-acre District Lot that was subdivided in the 1970's into roughly 10-acre lots. Only a few of these have full-time residents; most are vacation properties and some are undeveloped. We have permission to range on them all, as well as on an adjacent field. This gives us a wide variety of terrain: yards, fields, stream banks, a swamp, rocky hillsides, brush, forest. May's cold nights keep the mosquitoes from hatching, so we take this opportunity to spend lots of time in the forest.
|Twinberry leaves opening|
|Balm of Gilead buds - moose have trimmed this tree, and all the other bushes around it, to about 5 feet.|
One of the important functions of our goatwalking is to avoid the abrupt change I just mentionned. Instead of going from dry hay straight to a lush pasture, my herd transitions through the shrubs, which combine fresh greens with roughage and include plenty of minerals.