When we got home from Rushville, Indiana, arriving with our lovely cargo of two corrugated iron huts for assorted animals (three hours there and three hours back), I found all the cats milling about on the barn table waiting for dinner.
There is no point in attempting to herd cats as you know so I just grabbed the camera and took shots of them for you – all willy nilly. (We even have a bit of Big R product placement there.. ah well). Wrong settings, wrong lens. Wrong brain apparently. Car-merized. However it is not often I see them grouped all together – SIX ginger cats. Worth a wonky shot.
so being in a hurry I did not check Camera House and continued with the wrong settings and wrong lens because when I looked to the left into the field I noticed something else interesting, Elsie’s udder has begun to thicken.
Not a lot but I have xray vision when it comes to changes at this time of year and have learnt to look closely at anything that catches my eye. Even the smallest change, even the feeling that there may be a change, is inspected and written into the book. The camera is a useful tool for this too. I can grab the shot and study it later. Once documented, (one of the reasons I started this blog as you know) over the weeks these build into a big picture. It is all pieces of a puzzle.
This is very good news. She is such a different shape from Lady A who is high and round and wide, Elsie’s belly is lower, looser really but she is an older cow and not very big. So I was beginning to wonder if she was pregnant at all. But she is shiny and bright eyed.
But I think we can relax for a month or so though every cow is different so don’t get too relaxed. I will watch her and see if it continues to fill and how fast. Now we will learn Elsie’s way.
Godot’s tail is definitely thickening and growing too, did you notice? Much fuller. I was taking that shot of his tail and remembering The Duke of Kupa sitting like that with his tail flowing so far down that it got into the walkway in the barn and I would have to part the feathers like a curtain to get through. Do you remember?
Here are the new huts – one on top of the other. They are a perfect size, two people can move them about easily and they are designed to fit perfectly into the bed of a pick up truck. (If one had a pick up truck that could drive to Indiana and back that is).
The first hut will go out tomorrow for the kunekunes. I just need this cold to lift a little and they can be outside. They are such lard arses. Walking seals! They don’t mind the cold at all actually.
The sheep want one too so they can move out of the salad bar field. I will be needing two more I think, one for Poppy and one for the goats (though if we do get a couple of kids it won’t be for months yet and I am still doing the research).
Life is exciting isn’t it. It is THAT time of year! Soon the place will be humming. And the Farm Stays will be starting up again in a few months too. So book your room if you are interested. I could do with the help!
Did you notice how much faster I am typing? That is because I finally have my new keyboard set into my laptop. Thank you Computer Man.
Have a lovely, lovely day.
Your friend on the farmy