Conor’s last task as the resident guest worker was to help me put up an electric fence around the grapevines and the pine trees to create quite a big field for the kunekune. This is good for two reasons, Tima and Tane get a summer field with lots of trees and I don’t have to mow it any longer. Only half the fence is electric but I felt terrible about it anyway. I needn’t have worried. Both pigs touched it once each, yelped and then never went near it again. And now they have piles of grass to eat and are still close to the house for belly rubs.
They are happy to be back together again, now that Tima has the all clear to start breeding again. And I cannot keep them apart forever that would be cruel. So let’s hope they are successful this time.
Lady A is still hanging in there and seems very calm and content.
Her udder is hard now and those teats are stretched and shiny. I will go out on a limb and say we may see a calf within 48 hours. If all goes well.
For today there is lots of planting and mowing and digging and weeding to be done. But it is forecast to rain – all day. Again. So I am may only get some mowing done – but I had better get a wriggle on!
I hope you have a lovely day.
You have been swaying about out on a limb for a week now – time to come down to the ground! Lovely to see those kune kunes, such happy little piggies. Have a good weekend.
Yes, just observing really and interesting for you all to follow the changes too – I think she will go to and maybe a little past her due date, her udder is only just filled right up.. c
It’s our fault – we’re all impatient to see the baby. It will come when it’s ready and not before.
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I’m hoping Lady A’s calmness and sweetness carry over to the whole of the milking season. Kune’s field looking good. Laura
Yes, but unfortunately cows are lovely when they are pregnant but when they start coming back into heat the temper returns. c
We put an electric fence to keep the wild boars out but every now and then they just mow through it!
Maybe we should have got a stronger one.
I have heard about those wild boars – they sound menacing.. c
I hope Lady Astor hangs on for a dry day 😉
And it is windy too. I don’t think it will be today though – she is deeply calm and no signs of anything happening.
Tima looks resigned, but at least she has her husband for company, and I bet she’ll get lots of conversation over the fence. Conor is clearly a person who knows his cats, and Marmalade (if that’s her) looks ecstatic. I looked at Lady A, and thought, that calf’s dropped all the way, and then read what you said. I thing you’re right, and it may be a calf called Sunday! Meanwhile, she’s looking chic in her milking collar and matching canine accessory!
I really like that milking collar too – very swish.. though the irony of a cow wearing leather has crossed my mind. c
I’m not sure Lady A would object to leather; it means every last bit of that particular cow was used to a good purpose. And besides, I’m sure she knows she looks good in it.
Keeping fingers crossed that the calf comes at the perfect time and the weather breaks. Everyone looks quite mellow. 🙂
Yes and she is not due until tomorrow – no last signs yet – it will be a few more days i think.. c
Those kunekunes are so cute! I’m suere they are happy to be together again!
With this rain and the wind they are both lying with their faces peeking out their little hut door. – very cute.. c
Lots of green in your area today. Not the leafy grassy kind. Although, those will show up more.
Yes – it is raining now and all i got done was everyone fed. The good thing is all this rain and cool weather makes for a fantastic strike from the new hay field. It is coming up beautifully now. You have to get down to ground level to see it but the seeds are sprouting. c
Such happy images! I’m excited about Lady A, and of course I LOVE when seedling sprout and the weather cooperates to make it all happen! I wonder if Lady A will have her calf in the rain? All four years that Daisy has delivered her twins, it’s in the rain. I have always wondered if this is nature’s way of helping wash away all scent of the birthing? So many things I wonder about the way of animals. 🙂
You and I simply MUST lie out in the long grass down at the creek on a moonlit night and TALK! My contribution is the change in pressure in the air.. I need to loook again at Jims weather map – if that is the case she maay well calve when the weather picks up – we have been cloudy and rainy with storms about for a week now.. c
Those little piggies – so cute but so cheeky looking
Cold and rainy here! It looks like anytime now! We missed the ll:28 mark, tee hee!
Yes – and still calm and carefree..
Nice that you have a rotation of helpful visitors. Getting things accomplished while waiting for the calf to come is a good thing. When you start milking, how long does it take morning and evening? Does it just get piled on to all the other chores? I’m feeling guilty sitting on my retired rump. Thanks for the daily news.
I only milk once a day as I leave the calf with the cow for the full 6 months. And yes – it is piled on top of all the other chores but it is not a chore really – I enjoy it and the milk is marvellous.. c
TonTon seems very concerned about Lady. Does he know she’s pregnant, do you think? Love the pictures of them together.
All last year I went out to bring her in from the field for the milking so he is just following his normal routine. I think. c
such sweet cows and pigs! I would love to give each a nice scratch behind the ears! Cheers!
Ohhh! Rain. We need rain here. Enjoy!
Pigs in the Pines!
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Pigs to mow the grass; they must be classified as woofers then!
Ah yes! They do it for the food! c
Very moved by the shot of Lady A and Ton. A study in black and white. Lots of love, Your Gayle
For me sunday morning in rain after far too little sleep definitely began with a smile looking at the double-eye-candy of the first photo!!