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 …

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 …

Tane Mahuta

Yesterday Tane Mahuta was loaded into Kim’s car and off we went to the vet. Thank Goodness for Kim and her car.  After another 79 dollars we discovered that he has thrown his hip out a bit and developed a secondary infection. He  has a temperature of 104 degrees (between 100 and 102 is normal) so he …

Handle the Jandal

In New Zealand we call Flip Flops: Jandals. On the East Coast of America there is a rumour that they were called Clipper Cloppers.  (I really like that name). Boots the Orange kitten just calls them A Pillow.  As usual some days Poppy looks pregnant other days not so much but there is no arguing that …

A Good Kick in the Face

Yesterday was a beautiful day. After all the storms and tornadoes, that were kept well clear of my gardens but wreaked havoc in other towns close by,  the day dawned fine and clear if a little drippy. Allison was the 1940’s Kitchen Mama. Kim was the chicken lady  and gardener (plus seamstress but we will get into that …

A moments respite

The sun came out and the temperatures rose and the internet came back on.  I am working faster than the speed of light. Federico has gone back to Argentina, his absence is surprisingly strong. In Argentina they are more likely to judge time in days than weeks and he told me he had been here …