We had a recovery day yesterday. The little chicks are all doing well. The badly hurt one may never walk properly again though. However she is getting herself to her food and drink and stays close to her company through the cage walls. Chooks are pretty tough.
Daisy dutifully waits at her gate morning and evening. Once I open the gate, she trots into the milking room. I still can’t get her to walk with that lazy roll like a real cow. She has a munch on various cow treats while I brush her, getting her used to the routine. I have taken to bumping a metal bowl and her brush around her udder so she gets used to clumsy working in that area. She has never been milked before and I have never milked before so I need her to learn to be patient with me. So far she has been.
The grapes are setting but due to that miserable frost that killed off so much of the vine, we will not get a bumper crop. I need to prune back all the dead cane today, so we can grow some vigorous wood for next year.
The bees got an A+. Both hives are growing nicely. They were busy with brood and honey and ignored me which was a bonus. Both of them have received a new super on top. So they have another layer. Swarming is an issue in the early summer. The first thing we can do to discourage swarming, when they make a new queen and then most of them fly away with her looking for a new home, is to make sure they have room to grow in the hive. I also need to be careful not to give them too much room, so there is a timing issue. Hence the new medium supers. However I think we have it right. Last year they swarmed in the last week of June, and everything is about three weeks ahead this year.
Once again we cross our fingers. I don’t know how I get anything done with all this finger crossing! But it is informed finger crossing!!
Good morning. It was a bit windy and chilly yesterday. The wind was good for the drying hay though. The cool weather has been great for greens and we are eating huge salads with every meal. The strawberries are being picked daily and are so sweet and so tasty I can almost guarantee I will not make jam. Too much eating going on!!
It has dawned clear and still this morning. It will be a lovely day. This afternoon, when John gets home from work we will bale the grass hay down the back. Our John is dying to see the baler churning out good things to eat. We have never done this before either. The most important thing at this stage is to make sure the grass is dry. If you bale green hay and stack it, it heats up, like compost, and can internally combust! Burning down your barn. Or at the very least you will have moldy hay which is bad. As a kid we were involved in the hay making but I took absolutely no notice of the decisions our elders made of course. I can rake or line bales up really well though!
The land and the animals themselves are great teachers, once you learn to listen and actively experience your life. You read, ask questions, study, then jump in and just do it. It is then that I find out the real lessons. Fear of the jumping is the only thing that can stop us learning the real lessons. And most importantly I have to keep my eyes wide open so I do learn as I go along.
Have a lovely day.