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Schneckle’s Surprise


Schneckle has surprised us with an unexpected pregnancy, and gave birth to a pair of beautiful twins in the the early hours of yesterday morning.

Having only arrived with us at the beginning of October, Schneckle must have fallen pregnant within a very short time. Go girl!

With a┬ábusy summer […]


A Shitty Day

We know how to enjoy ourselves!

Our neighbour kindly allowed us the contents of his goat shed if we cleaned it out, and as you can never have enough goat shit, it was on with the wellies and in we went.















In the Kitchen: Cheese Pie

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe as there are so many sites out there dedicated to doing that better than I can. But occasionally there’s something I discover which pushes all the right buttons for me, and this is one of those ideas. ‘Cheese pie’ is a fabulous way to use […]


Miserable Afternoon

It’s a miserable afternoon here (yup, it happens, even in glorious Portugal!). What we need is a cute goat kid photo to cheer us all up!



Apparently it means something like ‘cutie’ in German*, but it’s also the name of our latest goat. Schneckle recently joined us because she was lonely as an only goat, and is settling in well with our little herd. She’s standing her ground quite effectively, struggling only with Beyonce who has turned into the beastgoat […]


Whilst I was out …


Hey Mum! We remodelled the rabbit shed for you



Easter at Casalinho

I’m pleased to report that the Easter Bunny appears to be well and living in central Portugal.


We heard rumour that he had a mysterious horned assistant this year.











I followed their trail around the garden, a good opportunity to take […]


Our Easter Lilly

I find it hard enough to post here once a week, and here I am doing it twice in a single day! Only cute baby goat pictures could elicit such enthusiasm!

Easter is traditionally a time where we think about new life, and that’s certainly been the case here at Casalinho today. Horny had […]


Happy Easter, Misty’s Kid

If you’ve been following the goings on in our goat shed you’ll know that Beyonce’s daughter, Misty is called Mistletoe because she was born at Christmastime. Misty has now continued the tradition by successfully delivering her own first baby at Easter.

Welcome to the world, little one.

Horny has now reached the stage […]


Kylie’s Kids

In the manner of goats everywhere, Kylie has again surprised us. Horny and Misty have been wandering around like overstuffed sofas for weeks and weeks, but Kylie just started looking a little more solid than normal about ten days ago. I’d realised she was pregnant, obviously, but not appreciated quite how far along she […]