Aunty Del pops in

For a while now Aunty Del and the sheep have been wandering about in the fields down the back, checked every day but without much interaction.   The feed in the fields is good but with the cold coming I decided to bring her in to the barn for some TLC. Really I am just missing having  cows around, they are such good conversationalists. I selfishly wanted her company.   I think she is lovely and round and shiny.. what do you think?



The sheep are in a seperate area of the barn as they are due to be drenched.  But the little flerd was not excited about being separated.



I save all the baling twine. You would not believe the number of uses I can find for this stuff.

baling twine

I have been talking to Elsie’s (the dutch belted cow’s) breeder and he is just waiting to hear from the trucker who will bring her up. As soon as he has a space she will be coming over. I do look forward to meeting her.


This cotton is growing in my friends garden. We thought we should take a shot before the freeze. It is not often we get to see cotton growing around here.

When I went out late last night to do the final check of everyone before I went to my own bed I found that Aunty Del had jumped the gate and was back out with the sheep. I walked out into the dark field with my little torch and inspected her and she was unhurt. Strong willed like her Aunt Daisy. Next she will be turning the barn lights on and off!

I am training Tima and Tane to go to bed in their Bat Cave and then lie still while I cover them with straw. More to amuse myself than keep them warm.  They will do this by themselves after all. After a few false startes they seem to be getting the hang of it. They learn commands frighteningly fast. I hope to have them in their winter routine by next week when we drop below freezing for three or four days by the look of it. I trained Sheila to let me cover her in straw. I need to find her winter blanket too.  Not Poppy though. Poppy will not lie still for anything. She just cuddles Big Fat Sheila and is more than happy.

Have a lovely day.

Your friend on the farmy,


38 Comments on “Aunty Del pops in

  1. Ha ha – does Aunty Del think she’s a sheep? It’s lovely the way that they are all good friends 😉

  2. you are a farming lady with a big heart full of love for your animals…I wonder how many other farmers would trudge out in the dark of night to make sure all their stock are nicely tucked up before going to their own bed

    • I think many farmers do, it is our favorite time of day, everything is quiet and there is not suffling and bleating for food, it is a gentle time.. c

  3. I too would prefer to cuddle Marcel than be henpecked by a Chook 🙂 Big Fat Sheila is probably the best heater in the barn, though. Enjoy your weekend. Laura

  4. I think it’s so funny when a flerd is created that one or the other of the species decides that they must be just like the other. Raising sheep and goats together, my lambs all believed themselves to be goats, not sheep. It was usually very amusing, but sometimes a pain! Aunty Del is a beauty. I am very excited to see your new girl, the Dutch Belted. They are a gorgeous breed.

  5. Oh, and I meant to thank you for sending out the Letters book with such speed! I got an email from Amazon telling me the book should be here in the next day or two, and I already had it :*)

  6. Cotton! One of my favorite fibers. I still have a miniature bale of cotton that was a memento from my grandfather, the Texas Panhandle cotton farmer who died many years ago. Cotton is a big crop in Texas. Aunty Del got lonely, I guess, much like humans do. Or maybe Marcel was teasing her and she wanted to show him what’s what. They are youngsters after all. I’m glad she didn’t hurt herself. She is a beauty. Have a wonderful day on the farmy, C.

  7. She is gorgeous C! And growing so fast! How old does she have to be before being bred? I wonder what she will do when the sheep leave…. Better get her used to Nanny Boo! 🙂

    • A good sized heifer can calve at 2 years old. So you can have them bred about 15 months or so.. c

  8. I was surprised to see a photo of cotton!! I was just thinking yesterday, as I drove by a nearby cotton field that it would make for a lovely setting for children’s photography, senior pictures, portrait photos or what not… all of that beautiful cotton surrounding the subject. Even the brilliant colors of autumn weeds makes for lovely photography opportunities. Your farmy family look so glossy and robust. I can sense the preparations you must be making before the frigid weather sets in. We are preparing for it here too, though it won’t be as harsh here in the south.

    • Right now 16 does seem frigid, but i need to remember last winter when -16 was frigid!.. so i will try to remember that this is only the beginning .. not to despair too soon.. c

  9. You mentioned another calendar yesterday. I will want one. And to anyone who is “on the fence” (pun intended) about getting one I will tell you the first one was lovely. Always fun to look at a bit of the Farmy.

  10. I love how much the animals on your farm love each other. Del is a beauty. I don’t blame her for wanting to hang out with the sheep. There’s no one to laugh at your jokes when you’re alone. 🙂

    • ha ha .. true that.. that is why i love my life as a blogger, i get to laugh at all the jokes!.. c

  11. Aunty Del is a beauty. The animals on your farm are given the dignity and freedom to be themselves. Your doing a fantastic job. I’m on my way to Germany agiain, it will be my third trip this year. I’m not looking forwards to the cold weather. My old bones don’t like it.

  12. Aunty Del looks like she is just out of the beauty parlour, her coat is so glossy! Many a woman would give a right eye to have hair like that! I may not have baling twine, but I do keep all the string that comes my way. I found a long piece of rope in the garage the other day, Elly used it (second hand) as a skipping rope when her pals were around!

      • I found a lovely long piece of chain on vacant block where a house was pulled down recently. I brought it home of course……not sure what I’ll do with it yet, if nothing else it’ll be great to dye fabric with. I keep all my baling twine too.

  13. Auntie Del has filled out beautifully…such a shiny coat. And thank you for that darling Marcel face. I know he’s a ram now and even a bit dangerous, but I think we all love him so because we remember him walking about on your hardwood floor in his Elton John heels, as you said. Not to mention the sweetest little face ever.

  14. Aunty Del is amazing ! Love her already…..seems she has a fiesty spirit which will be interesting in the future. She will have all sorts of tricks I am sure. Love seeing the cotton plant. Perfect little cotton balls. Nice to be reminded where our tshirts start. Have a great day C !

  15. Aunty Del is as richly coloured and brightly polished as a new conker. And the most enviable eyelashes! She’ll have the most beautiful calves. When you get Marcel shorn, make sure and leave him a nice Teddy-boy pompadour hair do, he’s made such a good start with one already!

  16. My in-laws have two Dutch belted cows and they are gorgeous! And they come running to you like dogs when they are called. I wish I could have one here in the suburbs.

  17. Thinking of Tima and Tane – watched my favourite local ‘vet’ show last night: the main part was about a beautiful kunekune called Elsa who had to be fitted with a big nose ring as her favourite pastime was digging deep straight trenches throughout the property . . .was in danger of becoming pork chops 🙂 ! Oh boy, talk about an opinionated ‘lady’: it was ‘my way or the highway’!!!! Loudly!!!! Yes, Auntie Del is just ‘bootifuls’ . . .

    • that kune must have been ‘casually’ bred, ours have noses that are way too short for digging.. what a gorgeous name.. Elsa.. c

  18. I’ve never thought of hanging a bucket for twine. I have a lot of extra wire left over from fencing. My wife keeps telling me to save it. Maybe, I’ll try your approach.

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