The Cadet and I

Yesterday we had an old fashioned day and the Cadet and I toddled about the farm doing our work. Just the two of us.

We picked apples for the dehydrator and pies, and apples off the ground for the pigs.

pie apples

We found a butterfly – a monarch – in a wood of milkweed – a protected plant on our property.

girl watching

monarch butterfly

We stood for ages and watched the goats, trying to figure out how they were getting out of their night time run. Then repaired the hole.

We fed birds and goats and pigs and peeked in on sleeping calves and sleeping pregnant pigs. (Poppy has three days to go now). Led in the milk cow, fixed a fence.  She collected eggs and caught lost chickens and threw balls for dogs.

It was a lovely old fashioned farming day.

Then Grandpa came to pick her up and I went in to begin dinner before the milking. It was a soft and gentle afternoon.  The morning rain cleared to a nice warm day with sun.

I have a feeling we may have seen the last of the bad rain. Fingers crossed.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love your friend on the farm



70 Comments on “The Cadet and I

    • I read your post today Mad and thoroughly enjoyed it (took notes) but am unable to comment for some reason – but I loved your afternoon.. and MISS going to shows like that. Loved the rose at the end though.. lovely. c

  1. Ahh, and isn’t that how we, your faithful readers, always imagine life on The Farmy: lovely and gentle afternoons of observing and taking care of all the life there, from the butterflies to the fowl, the pigs and well-managed cows. You so deserve these good days, Miss C. and pray they see you through. I, selfishly, hope Poppy gives birth early so I can see the lovely piglets before I take off for Spain for a month on Friday!


  2. Just what I was thinking… what a lovely day.. and those gorgeous kune kune lurking in the long grass…being watched protectively by darling Boo ???

  3. That perfect artwork of nature . . . that gentle butterfly . . .says it all methinks . . . . hope the feelingworld generated segues into today also . . .

  4. So happy you saw a monarch yesterday. We will be watching for them here. We also protect milkweed plants. Our daughter watched more than 30 chrysalis hatch this spring in her milkweed patch in Texas. If more people would do this, perhaps the monarch population would increase.

  5. Good Morning, Celi. – With your lovely presentation of your old fashoned farming day I beautifully submerged deep into your pieceful experiencing of being. As if I were part of it. – Thank you.
    And fingers crossed for the good days coming to dry all the wet and soaky areas. I like how attentive you are concerning Poppy. 🙂
    Have a nice day.

    • Sorry for the ‘pieceful’ (hehe) – I meant ‘peaceful’, naturally!

  6. Lovely pics, Miss C… Poppy is due the day I go into hospital, so I’m going to miss the grand announcement :-(. Not in for long, though, so I’ll be jumping straight back online as soon as I’m home to get the news!

  7. Isn’t it amazing to think that that monarch butterfly has migrated a few thousand miles? Lovely photos. 🙂
    Enjoy the weather. It is gorgeous today in the UK…the hottest day of the year so far, at around 32C (89F).

  8. How lucky you are Cinders to have Monarchs visit your garden. Milkweed is the only plant they will lay their eggs on, I’m told. Everyone should plant them.
    What a peaceful, lovely day you described. Can’t believe you are picking apples already!
    Hurry Poppy! We can wait!

  9. These types of old fashion days are so wonderful! No stress or worries is wonderful! Wishing you a July full of wonderful, no stress days! xo

  10. Has the Cadet grown as much as the plants around your farm? I would swear that she was just a little girl only a few months ago. There is magic on your farm Miss C, for sure.

  11. “watching the goats” 😉 So true that sometimes we must stop all activity to watch our livestock. Rushing, rushing, rushing and we miss too much!

    • It is a regular dehydrator, i load it up with fruit and dry them for the winter muesli.. the pies are something else entirely though i am thinking of an apple tarte tatiin – is that spelt right? c

  12. I always marvel at how, your just being that much farther south than southern Minnesota, makes such a difference in plant growth and production. I have numerous milkweed plants on my city yard. Like you, I protect them.

    Also, your nurturing of The Cadet continues to delight me. Well done, Miss C.

  13. Along the side of our house (the only place I can grow anything) I have many milkweed plants. This year I discovered at least 5 larvae munching away on the leaves and flowers. I haveno idea how I happened to have milkweed but I make sure they are protected. They multiply like weeds, for sure. The “fragrance” is sickly sweet.
    July already! Oh I hope it is a good month with no ridiculous amounts of rain but plenty of healthy piglets.

  14. I think I have milkweed in the back of my house and didn’t know what it was – thank you!. I thought of you last night as a swanky lightning storm rolled through town and off across the plains, and wondered if it would dissipate or build up steam before it reached you. Please tell the Cadet that I am a huge fan of hers!

  15. I am a day late, I was galavanting & having fun yesterday and again this morning. Today was at a slower pace with (for me) a chest tightening dull heavy 23°C. What a wonderful day for the cadet, chief helper for the duration! May your weather settle and poppy have an easy birthing!

    • ‘galavanting’ – what an interesting & beautfully sounding word! Never have heard it before……. I am learning a lot here. 🙂

      • Your English is great! I am so happy you can learn a few more words here too.. Watch out you don’t start talking like a New Zealander though (laugh!).. c

        • Oh, thank you, Celi, what a kind reply! I am often quite doubtful about my English, because I have no living practise. So sometimes I wonder how you express things the way I would have said it in exactly the same way in my language but just translated literally (for instance the placement of the verb). And then I think it must be wrong and might be a wrong English – but it seems not to be so. So maybe that is the NZ way sometimes? It sounds very likeable and more familiar to me though.
          I’m feeling honored by you laud… 🙂

      • My galavanting is rather tame these days. Yesterday was with crochert/ knitting group and today I took an elderly friend for coffee and a walk.

  16. Sounds like a lovely dreamy sort of afternoon; a nice change from bad weather and a houseful of wonderful guests. As much as I do love visitors, I also highly value quiet times to gather my senses once again. I didn’t know Monarchs only lay eggs on milkweed and I suppose that’s why they are rarely seen in the city. That’s a huge surprise to see you gathering apples already! Ontario is a huge apple producer but they are not ready for harvest until September, and they are being harvested right up to sometime in November. So the Cadet has your hundred percent attention for a couple of weeks — nice 🙂
    Hoping today is as lovely as yesterday, and looking forward to bunches of wee squealing piggies soon! ~ Mame

    • This is a very very old tree, the old timers call it a Pie Apple tree. Most of its apples are already on the ground and gone floury.. if picked at the right time they cook into a puffy sauce in minutes.. not sweet though.. c

      • That sounds like a Bramley apple, big, knobbly and tart, cooks down to fluff so very easy to turn into applesauce and luscious baked apples with brown sugar and raisins in them. I can’t get them here, and I miss the strong, tart flavour. Mmmm, apple fritters, too…

      • Up here I have heard it said “Spies for pies”, the Northern Spy being a popular variety. My favourite is the old MacIntosh for pies… loads of flavour and very tart, which of course can be tamed with sugar 🙂

  17. See?!! I knew goats get out. Mares eat oats and goats get out and little lambs play scrabble. Brent would love a goat, but I’m not for it at all. Crazy things. It’s all because at the San Diego petting zoo, a goat ate my saltines. We’ll just leave it there. This is a family show.

  18. I know our cadet is growing, but it seems to me that her countenance has changed, no? She looks more upright and confident, not slouchy and trying to hide in plain sight. Her appearances in the blog thoroughly warm my heart’s cockles. ❤ I still have designs to send my own "cadet" to you someday, even though she is in her 20s with a toddler on her hip. *L* Not only would it be a dream come true for her, I think it would do them both a world of good.

    • She has been through the wars our girl and is just starting to find her feet again i think. That would be great if your daughter came with her hip full of toddler- they would fit beautifully in the Coop – I even have a shelf of childrens toys just for those occassions!

  19. Lovely pic of the Monarch, I love seeing the orange butterflies in the garden, any butterfly really! Such a feeling of peaceful day your words conveyed, days like that are good for the soul, even by distant association I think!

  20. I am having a couple of peaceful slow days too with my John off at the ‘up north’ place bonding with his son. (Need help? 1-800 call dad!) haha.Without having to think about meals or schedules I’m just puttering the days away. Today I had a first of the year ride on my horse, no boogey men (that’s a GOOD thing).
    Kate, I have added you to my prayer list, if I get many more added I will have to walk three miles instead of two! And yes, Celi, Poppy is also on that list!

  21. We didn’t have rain yesterday! And that’s all I’m going to say about the weather 😉

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