Miles in a Day

I have a new phone – this in itself is not particularly interesting unless we need to go into the kicking and fighting I did trying not to have to succumb to another phone.  I liked my old phone. However now I have a proper fancy phone and it has this very interesting button that …

5 piglets +1 boar +3 carlottas

= A perfectly busy day. Poppy woke up mid morning (yesterday) rolled over and discovered that there were five little piglets in her room. She stood up and looked at them milling about her feet making half hearted jumps at her teats, then she  looked at me and quite clearly said “What the hell is …

Two perfect babies + three perfect babies

I am too tired to say much. I checked Poppy every couple of hours during the night. She was definitely not her self in the night and in some pain. Panting. But no pushing.  No babies. She did pass a small  bloody  bag about midnight then after that everything settled back down and she went to …

The last day before today

After such a long time waiting to have piglets I am still waiting.  Do you remember trying to breed Sheila to no avail (she does not like man pigs preferring her own company) in fact as you will remember she did serious damage to a very expensive prize boar and was quite cut up herself …

Two days to go!

Imagine a life where the mosquitoes were as big as mice. It could have happened you know. And right about now we are heaving with mosquitoes. So I am kind of grateful they are so small. They seldom actually bite me which is nice but no-0ne wants to stand next to me when we are picking …

The Cadet and I

Yesterday we had an old fashioned day and the Cadet and I toddled about the farm doing our work. Just the two of us. We picked apples for the dehydrator and pies, and apples off the ground for the pigs. We found a butterfly – a monarch – in a wood of milkweed – a protected plant …

Prairie Squalls

Again and again yesterday we were hit with buckets of drenching rain. Inches of it.  Pouring out of the sky., I don’t even really understand how a fluffy cloud could contain so much water.  Literally Tons of water in a little cloud like that.  How can it sit in there and wait to rain like …

The Power, Your Power

I am often amazed by the power of a small word or gesture.  The tiniest pat and smallest gentle correction can literally make a world of difference to a persons future. A small word as you open the door, a smile as you close it. We are powerful. All of us. We must be careful …

Poppy and Pie

It has been so long since I managed this whole farmette by myself that yesterday I lost track of time as I trotted about and ended up coming up to the house way too late to make any dinner so we went out to The Local for fried chicken and by the time I got …

From A little Mermaid

Because there has been so much more rain. I feel like I am swimming through the days. Yesterday it simply poured almost all day. Again. The rain carried dread with it. We wish for rain, but too much of anything carries its own punishment. I thought of mermaids as we sloshed through huge murky puddles …