Portland

Good morning. I am in Portland,  Oregon for the Press Publish Conference. I have my itinerary, name tag and my goodies bag. I am thinking I might wear my “I Love Sheila My Big Fat Pig” T shirt. I will try it on with my skirt right now.  I think it might work with this …

Off again

I leave at lunchtime today. No, you are not coming Tima. Put those dogs down and behave yourself.  So I will do a fast change after the lunchtime baby feeding and off we go. You and I – to Portland Oregon. I have never been to that part of the country before so I am looking forward …

You Saw it Here

PAN. In my barn.  Though Pan has a pretty bad reputation around goats. So I told Freya to watch out for herself. But she didn’t listen. Too funny really. Lets look at that again. I am still laughing. Freya looks so intent. Marmalade playing with her kitten. The girls come in for dinner. Look at …

Easterly

The Easterly is my least favourite wind, our prevailing wind is the Sou’ wester.  All the trees bend that way, so the sleeping arrangements in the barn have (like the trees)  evolved as shelters bending to shield themselves from this wind.  When a cold Easterly comes flying in with snow and rain on its back …

Balance

Yesterday John had the day off so he finished and brought home my Winter present. He does not do Christmas and Birthday presents he makes winter presents. Last year it was a chicken tractor. This year it is a free standing home made hay feeder. I took a photo of a NZ one when I was …

Movements

The Accident Chicks have been shifted to their half-way house outside. Kim’s Hen House. Actually we could call it Kim’s Half-way Hen House. Which is a pleasing alliteration and you know how I like those.  It was just getting Too cramped in their inside box. The time had come. The little urban hen house has …

Every thing in its proper place

This time of year, as we gear up for the busy season, everything is re-placed in its proper place, House AND Barn and woe betide anyone who borrows something and does not return it.  I work alone  – so that would be ME whose Woes will be Beti-ded. And the house is small so everything …

Cats in Hiding

The kittens have heard that next week they are off to have their ‘operations.’  So they are exploring hiding places. I can still see you, you know.  Hide again. I can still see you this time too. Egoli quite likes riding in the car and wonders if he can take his perfectly healthy paw for …

I had a thought -

- running through my head all day yesterday. For you.   But I did not write it down. Roger and I have similar problems, whereas he cannot remember a word, I cannot remember an entire concept. There was something I was going to tell you. But it has popped like a soap bubble. Gone. Ah …

Summer Quarters

Sheila my Big Fat Pig  and Hop and Pop Poppy are finally out in their Pig Hut for the summer.  This is the first time that Sheila has had to sleep outside and she is deeply unimpressed. For the last few days she has been taking herself out there in the day time. She loves …