Winter Grazing

Generally in the winter out here on the prairie there is no grazing. No grass left, no grass growing, not a thing. But here is Tima out on the lawn – grazing. Eating as much grass as she can find. Can you see the green tips appearing? Everyone else just lay about in the sun. …

More Piggy Moves

Yesterday was another day of pig wrangling. I needed to go to one of the big farm stores to buy that solar panel but the little pigs were still in disarray so I could not leave the property except for one fast local run for feed. Somehow the little pigs had pushed through one of the …

Chaotic pig day

Good morning. I have just come back inside from shifting Sheila by torchlight back to her new field, why you ask,  because yesterday my whole plan fell into piggie chaos. It all started with Sheila coming into heat, which she does on occassion and she was chasing her calves round and round the field, so …

Good morning Farmy

After being away from the farm for ten days I am pleased to report that all the animals are well and shiny and the ones who should be fat are fat and the ones who should be lean are still lean. Our John did a very good job. Above are the little pigs – they …

Back on the farm.

I am home again. And like every time I come home  to the farm I am haunted by this little nursery rhyme. To Market, to Market To market, to market to buy a fat pig; Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. To market, to market, to buy a fat hog; Home again, home again, jiggety-jog. To …

Letter from Alexis in USA

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to be a guest writer at thekitchensgarden & glad you have stopped in with us today. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about why I starting homesteading & also to encourage others who may be thinking about homesteading to start. I feel like there isn’t just one reason to why I decided to …

A letter from Minnesota

I hope you’ll forgive me for breaking Celi’s “rule” about keeping current with one’s blog photos.  It’s winter in Minnesota, which is blindingly white at best, boring and bare at worst.  But it’s making me happy to see these photos from last summer and the summer before that, so let’s just enjoy the greenery for …

La Triennale and the Castle Cats

Today we walked around the moat and through the grounds  of the Sforza Castle and visited a great design gallery called  La Triennale. We went to see an exhibition about Aldo Coppola – an artist – an Italian hairdresser but more than that of course – an icon himself – he created fashions, hair and looks. …

Walking the feet in Milan

With just under sixteen thousand footsteps we saw a lot of Milan. I took many photographs but only a few passed the final cut.  But these few describe my day beautifully, I think. I took some of Il Duomo which sits in the very centre of Milan but I was unsuccessful, the area was surrounded …

The Milan SMILE

Smiles come in all languages.  A face has a language of its own independent of its words.  My Italian is not so good anymore and it was never so good in the first place so I have replaced words with lots of nods and pointings and smiles and eyebrows and more nods with smiles. Smiles work …