Where are the pigs bowls…

Sheila my big fat pig still picks up her pigs bowl and takes it to bed with her.  Hiding them. By the time I find it – it is buried in the straw in her hut. Her version of breakfast in bed. It means that at least once a day I have to crawl into …

Pregnant Pigs?

How do you know when your pig is pregnant?  Well, for a start she will not come into heat again. The signs of heat for the big Hereford Pigs are very obvious but for the Kunekune? Well  I cannot tell when Tima is IN heat let alone if she misses one.  But Tima is definitely showing more belly. And …

Butter made from clover

Amazing that an animal grazing on spring pasture can turn that grass and clover into glorious milk that I can share. Thank you Lady Astor for letting us milk you so I can let the milk chill and stand then skim the cream, then put the cream in the butter churn  and whip it into …

Screaming Mistress Wind

The day started off so nicely.  It was not warm  but the calm was nice. The animals woke up slowly.  But soon after breakfast Mistress Wind arrived – her black cape flapping – unpacked her bag of demon daughters and they let loose with a terrible wind that blew like hell itself for the whole day. …

A milking stanchion

AND so he built a milking stanchion. Because no self respecting body, except for the odd cow, wanted to be out in the gardens or the fields yesterday. The wind was horrible. Later in the morning the rain cleared out and back came Mistress Wind and she was in a Howler of a mood. Sending us all scuttling for cover. …

Rain

It rained almost all day yesterday. Lovely gentle warm rain. I came in from the evening chores soaked to the first layer and happy as a lark. The trees are blooming. Here are two of my favourites: Magnolia ‘Butterflies’  This is the most wonderful little tree. She  just bloomed yesterday, will not bloom for long, …

Kids and Kunes

This title is a little misleading.  I took the kids in to visit with the kunes but they studiously ignored each other.  There was no  Kids ‘And’  Kunes at all. The pigs were on one side and the goats on the other.  I am still working on the field. No sooner do I plug a hole up …

Up before the Sun

There are many things about farming that I love.  One of them is milking. So one of the joys of farming is the early mornings when it is just me and the cow, her calf and the sun rising and the gentle flow of fresh milk. This is a shot out to the West – Before the …

Mr and Mrs Flower.

Yesterday, after milking the cow and feeding the goats and the cows and the big pigs and the little pigs and the chickens of all descriptions, John and I loaded two dog crates into The Matriarchs jeep and went to the Bantam Swap. Do you remember last years Bantam Swap we brought home Godot and …

Sharing the Milk

Lady Astor and I had a good think together yesterday. Cows and I mind-think  – think like a cow and all that.  My Plan has always been to share-milk with the cows this year. They are older girls and have not ever been house cows. I had intended to do this with both  – but …