This is how Mum’s recipe, scribbled down in 1981 read. It is certainly spotty and dog eared and up for interpretation.
Today I am taking some of this lemon cheese and I shall make a lemon cake, so stand by. Hairy MacLairy was put in with Mama exactly 5 months ago. So we should be watching for signs of something stirring from now on. Nothing stirring so far.
Mama as you know is a Suffolk and they are shaped like a skinny bell jar, straight, like an empty toilet roll, this belly bulge only happens when she is pregnant. But I think we still has a ways to go. Her udder is not dropping yet either. Ah well. I am sure she will wait for the rottonest weather. I have to stop staring at her. Willing her to look pregnant. It is like watching grass grow.
Hairy is getting fat from stealing all the good extra feed that we give pregnant ewes in their last month, plus getting too rough with Mama, so it is time for him to go into his own pen today. No-one will be pleased and there you are.
Last night we had a big lightening storm and rain. The thunder was so loud and so long that it was percussive and the little house on the prairie shuddered with each smashing rumble. Amazing that sound can shake a house. It was warm enough to have my bedroom window open so I could hear the beautiful rain. The lightening flashed for ages and even with closed eyes I could see it. I love thunder and lightening. All John’s rain barrels will be filled to overflowing. We will have to go around today and empty them because when they freeze, the barrels may split. However the cow’s heated water troughs have water spouts, so they will be full too. One less job for me today.
Now I am going to gather a few of those lemon skins and take them out to Daisy to have with her breakfast. She loves lemons. But I am careful not to give her too many at a time so as not to upset that lovely corn-free balance of stomach acids.
It is dawn and 46 degrees and that is our high. The weather site tells me that we will plummet back to freezing today, with the rain turning to snow. So all this water on the ground will freeze solid. That should be interesting! I shall keep the camera handy today.