From the Left: Lady Astor, Alex, Carlos the Tiny, Aunty Del. The summer herd. Small but good and hopefully productive.
The Tall and the Short of it. No problems there at the moment.
Sheila has been moved across to her house in the field. Happily I might add. Now that she is alone I can leave her front gate open so she can wander down by the creek – once she knows the pathway she always comes back. She walks along slowly. And come in when she is called. Slowly. I could not do this when I had bees hives down there so though I miss the bees, letting the pigs roam for forage is a positive.
But until then she is catching up on her sleep after being in charge of the Terrible Twins for the entire winter. Speaking of the Terrible Twins – Molly and Tahiti, they have moved over to the West Barn. They are still a little unsure about the change of location and were very vocal every time I entered the barn but they have a huge space now and will do well there until it is time to visit with Manu.
I will bring Poppy home tomorrow after I have cleaned out her space. Easier said than done. The clearing out of the barn after Sheila and the Twins had the run of it.
I walk back and forth from the West Barn and here is what I find when I return to the house. My three companions waiting patiently. I am surprised they do not follow me down the road! Soon though the gardens will begin to be planted up with all of the spring vegetables so they will have to be confined for the mandatory two months. It is the same for all the big birds. They can take out a long row of two month old carefully grown cabbages in seconds and then turn their beady eyes to the kale seedlings. So they have to be locked up. Until the gardens are established the big birds must stay in their palaces. Or we will have no food at all.
We are working hard on getting the vegetable gardens prepared for planting. Every year they get bigger so I have more food for my workers and guests. And I still need more for the freezers and winter. The summer calendar is almost full we have lots of guests coming this year.
Yesterday had a high of 53F (11C) and last night a low of 48 (8C). Way above average for this time of year but as the Old Codger says “I’ll take it.” Next week will be cooler but still excellent weather for working. It is raining now, so my first job of the day is the bring my cows up to the shelter. They will turn the fields into a muddy wasteland pretty quickly in rain like this.
I hope you have a lovely day.