We go through this every year don’t we! Waiting for the babies.
So we are watching Poppy – no change. Lady Aster – filling up nicely. Alex- filling up too soon and Aunty Del – no change yet.
Yesterday was wonderful – many of you rose to the invitation to share your work-spaces. For me though yesterday got a bit busy so I am going to go through and look at all your spaces today. Thank you so much for joining in. I have a few in my email inbox too and will share these with you all tomorrow.
And my photos from yesterday are rubbish too. Except for these interesting ones. Well, this is interesting to me as I am still flummoxed by this girl having such a developed (though small) udder with two months to go. Aunty Del has just over two months to go and no udder to speak of at all. So this is a conundrum for me. (Hard to get decent shots for you).
She is such a fast mover this wee heifer that it is hard to get a decent shot at all. But she is still being friendly and frequently slowly approaches and just bumps my hand or arm with her nose. Then moves off again. She has a very direct gaze.
So we will see – but the good news is that Lady Astor is proceeding at a comfortable pace and her udder is filling up nicely. Let me count the days until she is due. EIGHTEEN! That is coming up fast. So – if all goes well we might have a new calf in eighteen days (or sooner – or later). I need to get the milking apparatus set up. Sadly this will all happen after Inaki leaves. However our new guest worker, Connor, comes in a week so he will be here to share in the excitement. He is from New York.
Today Inaki and I will turn the electric fence back on Across the Way and let the two small heifers (Naomi and Difficult) out onto the grass. Then we are going to work on stringing a new low line around one of the fields, over there, for the pigs (Manu and Molly and Tahiti). That will be interesting because none of my pigs has ever been introduced to an electric fence so I need to get the height just right so when they get the first shock they jump back and not forward through the fence. As you know animals only ever get shocked a few times – after that they just do not go near the wire at all. There will be a long training period before they are let out and left unattended.
And the weather forecast says clear and sunny with not too much wind. That would be marvellous! I have lots of seeds ready to go into the garden too.
I hope you have a lovely day – at break time I am coming to visit all your work spaces! Thank you. See you soon.