This is what is happening in the fields, the sun is greening the ground. Waving its brushy wand. Its hard earned water colours.  Colouring at last. I am tired. In fact i am feeling deeply tired.  Don’t worry though, it is just an adjustment period. A step, step peck.



Daisy has presented with The Mastitis. So I have begun to fight this shit of a chronic infection  again.


I have done a season with her and the mastitis already. We have a regime in place where I live and work with a cow who  is prone to infection.  My objective is to keep her healthy and milking and I am looking for another heifer to eventually replace her as the house cow and Daisy will go out to pasture as a breeding cow.  But this will take a few years.

Anyway. Good morning.

I hope you find some loveliness today.

Your friend on the farmy



50 Comments on “Sun-green

  1. Poor Daisy, I sympathize, I remember mastitis. It looks as is Sheila has become an adoptive mother, and cute little poppy appears to love her.

  2. Indeed; the grass around here is brown and trashy but at least it is snow free. A very good sign is the rhubarb peeking out of the ground.

  3. Oh no not again! Miss C I’m curious, how would Mastitis affect Daisy’s calf if she was feeding him, or would mastitis be less likely to occur? Queenie’s Bobby is an almost exact carbon copy of her! Hope you mange to get some rest this weekend 🙂 Laura

    • The Bobby is still getting her milk, there is no alternative really. But it does not seem to bother the calves. If Daisy had a couple of calves feeding from her I am sure it would keep her mastitis more manageable, but she is prone so I am wary of sending her off without daily checks, plus everything on the farm revolves around daisy and her milk. We all drink it,it fattens the pigs not to mention the cheeses and icecream and butter in the freezer for winter. So there is really no point in having a milk cow that i do not milk full time. Also with a healthy cow I coud share milk her with a calf but Daisy will never have a perfect udder now. Though a calf drinking from these quarters many many times during the day is always better than me milking her. So (after that long rambling answer) this is why I have to start her replacement this summer.. but yes, a calf drinking from a cow would mean the mastitis is less likely.. c

  4. poor daisy! i too had mastitis and it was horrible. it’s good that you already have this experience. it is really foggy here this morning.

  5. Dratted mastitis!!! I understand the tired … so much to do now that the weather is cooperating. I have to stop myself from turning in circles, sometimes.

  6. Cecilia, what is mastitis?
    Make sure you get some rest . Take good care of yourself just the way you take care of your animals? Enjoy the sun.

    • Good question. I shall find you a good link that explains it properly.. but basically it is an infection in the udder. c

  7. You sound a bit flat today but you do fantastic work with your lovely animals which are all looking reslly well and happy.

  8. Dagnabbit! I was sure you were going to avoid that stupid mastitis this go round. I am so sorry. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that this all works out and that it does not wear you and Daisy to a frazzle. Hugs!!!

  9. Please take care. The change in the seasons from winter into spring is a time I always find difficult. I want to push on like the snow drops or daffodils out through the soil, but my energy fails. Maybe we humans take longer because our needs are different, we need the energy, not for a few weeks, but for a full year ahead…. like your April Calendars!

  10. Oh sweet Celi… just as the sun makes her appearance and all seems well with the world, mastitis arrives at your barn door! This is the life we accept and rail against at times, and it seems we cannot catch a break. Ah but we do… and it’s a grand life after all. Get some rest to renew your spirit. I’m sending positive vibes your way!

  11. Sometimes it’s OK to admit you’re weary and worn because life, as much as we wish, is not always easy. But I know this is only a temporary moment as I have seen you rise up with that optimism, charge forward attitude that endears you to so many of us. For today, be tired.

    And here’s hoping Daisy’s mastitis is soon under control. That written by a dairy farmer’s daughter.

  12. I think we all feel your discouragement with you. But that just means new plans and a different direction. When the tiredness overtakes you, just coast, as well as you can!

  13. Of course, I have a soft spot for Sheila and seeing her with Poppy makes me so happy. They look so content and comfortable with each other. Take it easy, if you know how.

  14. I’m so sorry for this major setback. No wonder you’re fed up. You do your absolute damnedest and still it isn’t working. This sounds like a real wash basket of a day for you,Cecilia. A real bummer. And when you’re exhausted as you certainly are, things look pretty damn black. Rest as the Fellowship has/have suggested. REST! Pretty please, with sugar on top?

  15. Mastitis is no fun, for either of you. Daisy looks pretty in her photos, she knows you will take good care of her. I wish we could take care of you and let you sleep for a day or two.

  16. It’s amazing how quickly green returns, even my lilac has buds sprouting. There wasn’t any green around here at all last weekend. Sorry to read about Daisy, Celi. I think we all had hoped you had it licked this year. Sure would have been nice if she had delivered a little heifer this year. Fingers crossed for next year. We weren’t supposed to get rain until tonight but I think they were wrong. It’s getting pretty dark outside. Looks like I’ll be working indoors today. Hope you have a good Saturday, Celi, with a chance to relax a bit. I know. Easier said than done.

  17. Sometimes a ewe would get mastitis and she would lose that half of her udder. Or it would never really go back to normal. I am sorry this happened again, especially after all your work to make it right. I can hear that you are wound down and weary. It has been a hard winter for you all. A person can only do so much. Time to recharge you batteries, Celi

  18. Tough development for Daisy and you. Hang in there. I’ve always thought that it should be “Have a little nutty, THEN keep calm and carry on”.

  19. Oh poor you – that’s why you’re tired, but the farmy needs you fit and well, so grab a rest when you can. And poor Daisy – mastitis is horribly painful, and I speak from experience.
    ViV x

  20. Poor Celi. If its not one thing its another. There never seems to be any let up. Well the sun shines and the grass is greener….positive thinking

  21. I continue to be surprised that Shelia has taken so to the little piglet. Your photos show Shelia behaving like a mother instead of a babysitter to the little baby. Were you expecting this, or could it have gone a different way?
    Remember the caution of the flight attendant that adults put on their own oxygen masks first before helping others. On a farm, it is hard to put yourself first since the work has to be done no matter how you feel, but try to add some special Celi-time to your week when possible.
    Best wishes always.

    • It certainly could have gone the wrong way. I had a stick and a board when I released Poppy in with Sheila after their long getting to know you through the fence period. What amazes me is that Sheila will even share her food bowl with Poppy. Sheila and Charlotte could never eat together the fights were terrible.. It has worked out beautifully.. What a relief. c

  22. Daisy, Daisy, find her an answer, do…
    That is a real setback.
    You need Boo to be like the one in the animated series Shaun the Sheep where the dog takes over from the famer and does all the chores when he is pooped!

  23. Oh, what a drag. I can feel your weariness. You’ve done all you could and now have to face the reality that Daisy is susceptible to this infection. But you’ve had to face things on the farm before, and you DO.
    You regroup, you plan for the next step, and you get on with it. But for now, you need to gather some energy. I wish you rest and deep sleep. No-one ever said that farming was easy (did they?) Sending you waves of love and regeneration. Soon you will be greening again, like the grass. It’s inevitable.

  24. No wonder you feel tired…you have been doing 25 things at once along with delivering babies, adopting babies, raising babies and minding a tiny, curious, energetic housepiggie…all this with only a sweet Nanny Boo to help you. I wouldn’t be tired….I’d be dead and buried by now!! 🙂 I say it’s time for a short lay-down and a glass of lovely cool wine………JMHO 🙂

  25. Hi celilia sorry to hear about daisy it’s a real bummer when you think you have licked something only for it to come back! Swear swear and swear again it might help and kick a few buckets ! X

  26. Oh bloody hell. Anyway, you’ve got a plan, even if it’s Plan B, and will take a while. In the meantime, just do what you need to.

  27. The quick greening is amazing . . . . the return of a horrid ailment such unwelcome news! Hope you will always the strength to have ‘plan B’ even in this case if it means the purchase of another heifer down the line! Hope you can sleep . . . hugs across sea and land . . .

  28. The battle never ends on the farm. I remember. The life can be fulfilling and joyous, but the work goes on and on. I admire your grit, cell.

  29. Nice to see your green. Here we just had 2 feet of snow melt in just a few days and now have a flood warning – well it’s already flooding. I’m looking forward to when the water recedes and we get to see green too!

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