Pigs, Pasture and Balls

I am going to let the photographs speak for themselves today. I think they speak volumes. They Play. This sequence is called “The Field.”   We could also call these images  “A Study in Focus as Noise.” Good morning. Hope you have a lovely day. Your friend on the farmy, celi

My Pre War Diet

Before the last world war our food was organic and most households had vegetable gardens. Most families worked to put their excess vegetables and fruit into jars to eat in the winter. I work towards growing all my own food on the property. So my diet is not vegetarian, or paleo, or vegan or atkins, or mayo, or …

Once a day milking

I have been taught that when dropping from twice a day milking to once a day milking it is important to change the routine completely in the afternoon. No calling to the cow.  No talking to the cow.  No rattling about in the milking parlour. No singing. Definitely no singing. Do not go anywhere near …

The Cow Bra

Has arrived but is still in it’s box for the moment.  Can you spot the spelling mistake? We need to wait until the wound is past the cracking scab stage. Sorry to be so graphic. But the bra will push the teat sideways and I cannot risk it being pushed in the wrong direction and kinking …

mr pink

Up  until now this little black chick has been called Black. But yesterday I decided to call her Mr Pink.  There is absolutely no basis for this change other than I think this tough little chicken just might give us a lecture on tipping. Even though the wee thing is probably a girl chick.  When the hatchery …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …