Pigs love Pears

They say that pigs will eat anything but I have never seen that – there are many things that pigs will not eat, onions, celery, to name a few, but they all love pears.  Tima is able to fit up to three pears in her mouth before she runs off to eat where Tane cannot …

Kicking!

I finally got Poppy to lie down for me and felt her babies kicking.  So that is a relief!  There are definitely babies in there. Plus she was immediately up to her old tricks of digging out the hole in the concrete and after yesterdays showers laying her belly in the cool water.  Typical pregnant …

Poppy Comes Home

I THINK. (Emphasis on the Think) – that Poppy is indeed pregnant.  Her first due date was actually yesterday but her udder might be changing and I think I felt a piglet kick from within her belly. So I took advantage of having my lovely Student Farmers still here and John having the day off …

I Know, I Know

There is something of an Autumnal air to the colours in the images I am collecting now but only in the surrounding crops. The farm and I are holding on Tooth and Nail to summer. I dread the winters here. Winter will come I know – but I prefer not to think about it yet. …

Midnight milking

On my way down to once a day milking I milk every 18 hours for one cycle. This changes the cows from twice a day to once a day without trauma. But within that cycle is one midnight milking. It is actually a rather nice milking period once I have woken the cows up and brought …

Bread and Pasta

This is why my clothes are getting tight!  Zacks Friends Bread Recipe 1000 grams flour, 720 grams water (at 90F ) 21 grams salt, 4 grams yeast. Autolyse the dough. (Add the water and the flour and let sit for half an hour.) Sprinkle on salt and yeast and fold or pinch together. In a large bowl fold dough …

A Big Shiny Truck

Four doors, 4 wheel drive,  8 foot deck ( that was the hardest to find) and no stupid computer mod cons. My crew calls it The Boat. Shiny too. There was a lot of driving, the journey to the city, finding the truck, bringing it back home to be inspected then after the evening milking …

Shopping as Therapy? Nope.

I know that when many women go shopping they will look at shoes (and yes I do need a new pair of warm gumboots for the winter), or new underwear (reaching for a rag in the milking room yesterday there was a pair of my knickers on top of the pile – they are getting …

Finding my way back

Many things have been happening to people around me in the lately, so much sadness and injustice and tragedy, and though the farm and I are fine – many of the best people in my life are struggling and sad. This left me with no words for the last few days. So I am finding …