Last Days -

- of the cold. For a week or so anyway. I am feeling desperate for the warm to come.  For just a touch of green. The promise of it makes it seem so much harder to wait. Do you remember that feeling when you were taking an exam and you were on the last two …

Peafowl Dancers

At least I think it is a dance. When you spend a lot of time watching your own animals and birds and they do something new it is immediately apparent. And entrancing. And hopefully I have the camera, and hopefully they are not in a dark corner. Well I did have Camera house but Godot and …

Trotting Pig and Running Cow

Yesterday Tane was observed trotting down the drive, at speed. He would not let on as to where he was actually heading but he was going there at a good clip.  A case of “I don’t know where I’m going but I’m making very good time.”  I know that feeling.  Tima and the dogs and I went …

Studies

Photographic studies. There is a panel in the East side of the barn that has dropped creating a perfect cat door.  When the big doors are closed this is where all the cats enter and exit the barn. I once knew a guy whose thesis was the entrances and exits of Shakespeare. Now THAT was …

Chicks and Goats

So this is what I think happened. The night before last a chick began to peep in the incubator. Just after three in the morning. The dogs rose up from their beds and Boo opened the incorrectly latched door (all our doors are old) they went to investigate, Boo put his nose up there to …

Chipping

Elsie and Lady Astor, the Dutch Belted Dairy cows, went through their pretend milking routine with perfect precision yesterday afternoon. So you CAN teach old cows new tricks. They walked into the milking parlour one at a time. Lady A first, as usual. Elsie waiting patiently.(They come in through the door on the left of your …

Turns

Yesterday the snow fell on and off for the whole day. But it did not have any  kind of real resolve, It was just there.  A half hearted affair.  Showers, flurries nothing much. So I cycled through my list. Getting the collars on the Dutchies so they could learn Phase Two of the milking routine: …

Willy Nilly

When we got home from Rushville, Indiana, arriving with our lovely cargo of two corrugated iron huts for assorted animals (three hours there and three hours back), I found all the cats milling about on the barn table waiting for dinner. There is no point in attempting to herd cats as you know so I just grabbed …

Pig Farrowing Huts

This morning, the moment after  I’ Press Publish’,  I will leap up and gently turn the incubating eggs (one more day of ‘turning’ to go) then on with the hoodie, the extra pair of socks, farm overalls, the scarf, hattie, jacket, gloves then overgloves then I am off out the door – feed the two …