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goats at vet Apr 19

Yesterday was Good Friday so getting a vet out to check out a couple of sick goats was not going to be easy. I spotted that both Sunny and Gerry, two of our billies, were ill. Both were off their food, lethargic, had the runs and were looking rather unhappy. Sunny had a swollen stomach and a bit of blood in his droppings. We got through to the vet and we were asked to bring them in, rather than have the vet call out. Though this reduced (considerably) the cost, it was something of a challenge to get both into the land rover. Sunny in particular is a good size and weight. Nevertheless, we got them to Gosforth.

They were both given medication. We think the cause is someone feeding them daffodils. Some grow outside the gate of the allotment where we keep the goats. Lots of people visit them every day. Some bring them carrots etc to feed to them. Others pick grass. We think someone may have picked the daffodils in all innocence and fed them to the goats. Sunny being the boss goat probably got the lion’s share.

I’m pleased to report that today both Sunny and Gerry were improved, eating well and had no signs of sickness. Meanwhile, we will be removing the daffodils.

Sunny the goat Apr 19

Sunny now recovered and eating grass.

Gerry the goat Apr 19

Likewise, Gerry eating grass today.

billy goats Apr 19

Four of our boys today enjoying the spring sunshine.

Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on

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