There is not enough of it.  Sleep that is. This is yesterday’s sunrise through the fog. The air temperature was so unusually cool. But warmer temperatures are on the way. So we will be cutting the next load of hay on Monday. I will be bringing in a lot of hay this time, if all goes well, as I am cutting the new hay-field across the way as well. sunrise

But right at this minute I am thinking about more sleep.  Which will not be happening.

Once the calves are gone it will be so much easier.  Hugo appears in the kitchen at 7am on the dot, shoes in hand, ready to start work – by then I need to have the bottles ready as our first job is to feed the calves.

I have a new guest worker coming. Next week. Another bloke. Josh. He is American.  I have had a number of males apply lately. He will be camping in the garden which makes life a whole lot easier for me. And I love campers.

We have a lot to get through in the next few weeks so the extra hands will be very welcome. Especially by Hugo who needs more company than me. And also in the kitchen. The kitchen is the pivot.

baby boar

Today we are making empanadas – Hugo is helping me – Talk about the blind leading the blind!

man feeding cows

We have started pruning the hedges.
pruning hedges

Pat cooked last night – chicken and dumplings and the previous night she made banana pudding. (Hugo announced that this was his most favourite pudding now). All good Southern comfort food, she said. John is ready to beg her to stay!

I had better get the recipes before she goes!

I hope you have a lovely day,

Your friend on the farm


p.s. Remind me to give pat Camera House today – we need to see the farmy through her eyes.





44 Comments on “Sleep

  1. Yup, never enough sleep … No wonder it’s turning cool there, all the warmth has headed here! Still a few days of Winter left here in Queensland and we’re already hitting low Summer-type temps!

  2. Is Hugo not well? Better check his temp… I mean, it’s not normal for an 18-year-old to be up, shoes in hand and ready to work at 7am!
    The sun rising through the fog is ethereal, isn’t it. Really beautiful. Hope your day goes well ~ Mame 🙂

  3. Elusive sleep—-all your animals get plenty of it but poor Cecelia has to take care of everyone and gets little. So glad your helpers are working out so well and that Pat is there as well. Sounds like a lovely combination.

  4. I reckon John has it made! You have mentioned on several occasions that he is reluctant to travel and now he has the world and its cuisine travelling to his door step, clever fella 🙂 Maybe one day in the winter you could interview him for us and get his take on the summer coming and goings 🙂 I think Federico is what (whom) convinced the other blokes to apply to the Farmy. Long may it last. Laura

  5. Beautiful morning sun you have captured.
    The blind leading the blind – haha. Come on. You are experienced now, aren’t you? I wish you a very well outcome with the empanadas. Mmmmh. – The pic of Hugo and the cows attracts me: Don’t know what it is. The cows courious about him? Or a bit uncertain yet? And Hugo a bit shy and timid? Maybe. And TonTon stands back watching. Interesting snapshot. – I hope you have a lovely day, too!

  6. That opening shot is exquisite. Haunting. Almost looks not real. I am glad you have so many young men to help. Sounds fun. And efficient. Remember to give Pat camera house!

  7. Is Pat willing to share her banana pudding recipe? If Hugo, a man with a palate educated in France, thinks it’s his favourite, it has got to be fabulous.

  8. Nanner puddin is how we say it….. I love it without the cookies. Dad loves pineapple puddling – he is not a fan of banana anything. You make it almost the same, but to the vanilla pudding (homemade from scratch of course!) you add drained crushed pineapple and drained pineapple tidbits. It is pretty good especially if you add a little coconut flake and maybe some rum – but I digress. Mom would never add any alcohol to anything. (now dad – might slip out the barn and add it to just his….. and mine…..)

  9. I have to tell myself that sleep is simply for the very young or very old and as I am neither of those it is not my turn to celebrate long, long hours and days of uninterrupted sleep.

  10. After the hay is put up, and the two guys are hard at work, and also if Pat is still there, it may just be time for you to have some time to yourself Celi. Put up a hammock somewhere quiet and read, or continue with the book you are working on, or just wander about and look around for awhile and simply breathe, as the wonderful helpers take on the farmy and give you a chance to settle into a peaceful, quiet meditative place for awhile. It is a wonderful place to be too. xo

  11. I didn’t know farmers were allowed to sleep. 🙂 There is always too much work to do. I bet when you close your eyes, (probably standing up) you are thinking and planning what you have to do next. Beautiful photos and don’t forget to give Pat Camera House. I’m so glad you have help. Any help. Have a wonderful day too.

  12. There’s definitely been a bit of autumn in the air here for the last two weeks, in spite of a mini heatwave last weekend 🙂

  13. Since katechiconi was nice enough to ask for my Banana Pudding recipe I thought I would add it here. It’s actually my Grandmother Murphey’s recipe.

    3/4 cup sugar
    2 Tbsp Cornstarch
    3 cups milk
    4 egg yolks
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 oz. butter
    3 medium banana’s, sliced
    Vanilla wafers

    Mix sugar and cornstarch together and slowly add milk. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Slightly beat the egg yolks and temper with a small amount of hot custard, stir well. Add egg mixture to custard pot and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Let cool. In a 9 x 9 inch oven proof pan, alternate pudding, bananas and wafers.

    3 egg whites
    1/4 tsp cream of tartar
    1/4 cup sugar
    Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of banana pudding. Bake at 425, 5 to 10 minutes until meringue is slightly browned. Serve warm or room temperature.

    • Oh, THANK YOU! It sounds really yummy, and if I leave out the wafers, totally friendly to my insides. Once I get home from my trip I shall be trying it!

    • I made this right an hour ago. Wow. I’m full and still there is half a portion. Didn’t know Banana Pudding either and can understand now why Hugo loved it so much. Great recipe.

  14. The banana pudding sounds yummy. I never had it but my hubby says everybody likes it , good old diner food. Thanks Pat !

  15. In my recipe file I have called this ‘Pat W’s Banana Pudding-fellowship of the farmy’. Thank you Pat! What a lovely community of people here. Gorgeous photo of sunrise. I hope you get some sleep soon, Celi. xx

  16. Am glad Josh arriving as well: you can teach Hugo English but Josh may be able to give him more ideas what being a young American male is like . . . hope it works! Hmm: my ‘sleeping works’ all askew also . . .real life and its worries, different ones for each of us . . .

  17. my oh my that pudding will be making an appearance here in our home! Cheers! and do take a nap when you can!

  18. I had an unexpected day off due to rain! Rain in dry California. I have a long list of things to do, but I find I am exhausted because I, too, have been short on sleep too many nights. Rest when you can and rely on helpers when you have them.

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