To Kelly’s Creek Farm

What is it with cats and hammocks? And the crossword.Clever cat. When John pulled the Black Mariah out of the front doors of the crib at the Kelly Creek Barn,  we needed the trailer to relocate  the calves to their new quarters, with his truck. I bought the tractor around so we could pull  THIS out the back doors. A gorgeous …

aka the chook house

Yesterday Jake and Elise finished the major wall of the new bastard-mink-proof chook house. This was the wall with all the holes that the minks were getting through, it is now framed and covered in strong wire netting. The big door will close over it in stormy weather.  And there is a door to their …

Those who love good food ..

.. Surely must be the happier for it. Growing your food, harvesting the food, then creating meals together and eating it together is the most sublime of culinary experiences. I am so enriched by the young people who have come to visit me and work with me through this summer. We have one more girl to come, she arrives …

Arrivals

My new helper has arrived.  She has quickly learnt how to drive the tractor and is helping clear out the dirty straw in the barn.  She has been working on farms all summer and is very adept at picking up new skills. Plus she likes my cooking.  Her name is Elise. Welcome.  Elise. And hullo …

Poppy’s Day Out

I was taking a break from the farmy things and was sat on the couch doing Social Media things when I heard a commotion outside. I looked up and found Poppy, my beautiful hereford piggie looking back at me through the screen door, of the porch. TonTon was right behind her muttering to himself. “I told …

Tree-ed

Marmalade being a nice wee well behaved house cat. Marmalade being a nice wild don’t -even-think-about-calling-me-down tree cat at the top of a very tall maple. I am not good at judging heights but it is higher than the house. She likes to be high. This high. miss c “You get down from there this …

Dancing piggie

Tima sit.  Good little kunekune. Good girl. Sit Tima. Good Timatanga Moana. Tima – UP! Up more? Very good girl! Tima  – roll over. OK, good, yes,  Sit. Tima – Play Dead. OK. yes of course. Up. Good girl.  Good piggie. And speaking of play: I hope you all have a lovely day. Your own friend …

Sky Night Light

In the evening after a good rain, and we have a good rain almost every day lately, the sun will often slide through the dark broody clouds and rest its benevolent underwater eye on the landscape. The greens change to  lime,  the golds to rich honey and there is just so much forgiveness in the sky. We …

The Thief

Lunch yesterday was a glorious break and the framing is in place for the new Bastard Mink Proof chook house wall. Later I was sitting on the step below the bedroom French Doors, catching the slightest of breezes in the shade there (it was very hot yesterday)  and Tima the Terrible came wandering past looking …

Sunday Lunch

Yesterday for the third day in a row we had stunning, drenching, rain storms rolling in. Though yesterday  it was in the day time. If a storm comes in with all its flashing lights and its kettle drum set low and I am in bed I snuggle lower and watch the show from bed. The storm at …