Walkies

Every week I try and set an objective for the week. This coming week it is to get the pigs walking again. Somehow over the last few weeks Sheila’s walks have been forgotton.  But the last two evenings we have gone on excursions, accompanied by Poppy of course. Sheila is deeply out of shape. It …

Alone Again

My second Farm Stay visit was as successful as the first. This is indeed a wonderful idea.  And now  Allison has gone back to her real life.  And I forge ahead after a wonderful week of help and company and laughter in amongst the sadness of losing Mama,  and Daisy with her injury. Even though Daisy and …

Sunday Morning

Good morning. I am late popping in this morning. Last night in the hour when I usually load pictures and briefly sketch out the chat about the day, I had company. Which was lovely. Allison said that as she went off to bed, at a reasonable hour, she should have wagged her finger and said, It’s …

How I milk my cow

As you know Daisy stood (we think) on her udder while standing up the other day and ripped a teat almost in half. This teat was sewn back together by the vet.  It will be a good three weeks before I can use the machine to milk this quarter.  Did I tell you I heard …

The kitchen

Yesterday we finished straining the yoghurt, Made farmers cheese for tomorrows pizza. Pickled gherkins, Started a dough for pizza bianca, shifted chickens, loaded the plonkers for their final journey (with their beer dinner and beer breakfast this morning, drove the tractor around the block to the other barn, weeded gardens, hunted for eggs (Pania the peahen is …

Chook Tricks

I was half way through Daisy’s lunchtime milking when Allison called out from above my head. “There’s a dead chicken up here.” Allison had decided to take a bucket up into the loft of the barn to collect all the old eggs that had been languishing up there lost in the hay for more than a …

Ni Ni Mama

We all get to die. This is one of the truths we try very hard not to look in the face. In fact we will say Pass Away, or Passed or Gone. But the truth is these poor bodies we wear when we are dancing, will one day stop dancing at all.  They cannot go …

Daisy

Yesterday Allison from Red Door Coop arrived in the afternoon. She is here for a week on a farmy farm stay. I had had a busy day, getting ready for Alison, editing the latest format of The Letters,  Queenie and her Flerd were in Pats Paddock, Mama and her girls were in the middle field and …

freedom

The still has begun its work of turning vegetable matter into essential oils. Yesterday was peppermint.  As well as the gorgeous oils there is the by-product of scented water. I love the scented water just as much as the oil! Timatanga Moana the little Kunekune piglet was very quiet all yesterday. She usually is a very staid …

Long Arms

I often think my arms are longer than they really are, I reach over a fence or through a gate and just cannot reach the object I am trying to reach. You would think after living this long with these arms I would know by now how long they are. We had almost two and …