All in Her Head

A very lovely vet (the young new vet from another local town) came to visit the farm yesterday  and examined Lurch. He looked at all the other piglets and the environment they are raised in, big pigs and little pigs and after giving Lurch a thorough examination he agreed that the problem is neurological. There …

Letter from Pat

Today we are back on the road to take Pat to the train. As well  as her calm support, Pat has helped us enormously, firstly being the farmers wife and secondly being the Piglet Mother while I do chores in the morning and afternoons so Lurch will miss her too. Yesterday was a day with only a little …

Lurch – the rescue piglet

I honestly don’t know if Lurch, the little rescue pig who has difficulty walking ,is getting any better.  Every hour or so I get her up and stand her and walk her about so she exercises her muscles but she still falls almost immediately until she warms up then falls every few steps. After a while …

Bye Bye Tahlia

Tahlia (Aunty Del’s two month old heifer calf) has been sold and was picked up yesterday by her new owners.  She looked very small in the big trailer but is going to a good home. They will keep her name and their farm is not too far away so I hope to visit.  The same …

Breaking the Rules

Yesterday Nick and I shifted the Rescue Piglets out of their nursery (the turkey house) and into the sunroom of the big barn – it is bigger, sunnier and airier and hopefully there will be less flies.  This rain and heat is breeding a LOT of flies. It very quickly became evident that Lurch, the …

Weaning without Whining

Of course it rained torrentially yesterday so Nick and I worked in the barn repairing and cleaning. At one point Molly plonked herself right in front of me to watch what I was doing so I had a really good view of her teats and belly and immediately decided to wean her from her big …

Gardening Chooks

You have not seen much of Mr Flowers lately, but I have – him and all his wives up on the veranda. This year I decided to employ the meat chickens as gardeners. With this endless rain, combined  with the terrible heat earlier in the month, the garden is officially out of control. Some areas …

Stress then Rest

Stop worrying about me. You know I look after myself. I have always maintained that a person can deal with a decent stress load as long as she has a Rest space in front of her. We work hard for the morning then have our siesta time from 12 to 3pm.  At 3pm we start …

Why am I cold?

I asked this of  the busy kitchen after dinner last night. No-one had an answer of course.  It is not cold like real cold is but I am sitting writing to you in August on the prairies with a sweatshirt on, thinking about socks.  It is 52F /11C . Not warm.  And the middle  of August which is the hottest month …

Walk the Walk

Yesterday I had morning visitors come to help on the farm, readers and members of the Fellowship, they cleaned out the Rescue Piglets pen and we arranged the honey boxes into an even bigger and more challenging maze for the two piglets who are learning to walk. And K held the sleeping piglets propping their …