On a more negative note, we completed the goat/sheep house on Sunday with the help of Jeff’s family and a friend. We were able to get it all set up and the males and females separated; all that is left is to finish the roof (we have a tarp over it right now). Anyways, we figured that the codes and zoning officer would be getting some calls saying we are building, so we sent him an email to forewarn him. We may not have gotten a variance for the barn, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t construct a small 8x12 building for the sheep/goats. We got a response from the code enforcement office on Monday saying that while they appreciated the heads up that they HAD gotten numerous complaints and they still had to go out and check it out to make sure we are in compliance, which it turns out we are so :P to all those people that complained. I really don’t know what those people expected us to do, it’s getting cold out and the shelter that we originally put up was just not sufficient for the winter. Did they expect us to just let our animals freeze? I can understand not wanting us to start some huge farming operations, but I don’t see what the issue is with building shelter for the animals we already have on the property.
Oh, before I forget kudos to Shirley and Sue for standing up for us during the Zoning meeting! You made the whole nightmarish meeting more bearable!