I love that word BOSOM. Don’t you?. It sounds so soft and pillowy. It even sounds good said out loud. “Lady Astors Bosom”. So matronly. Comfy. Though if you were to lay your head upon Lady Astors bosom you are liable to get a kick in said head. Sometimes I rest my head against her warm hard belly when I am milking though and she tolerates that.
Finally Lady Astor’s udder has softened even more and the milk is flowing fast and easily. There is still more to do and there will be lots of massaging in her future but the milk is clean and bright white. And today we will start saving cream. Fingers crossed: we are on our way. (Everybody touch wood).
The pigs are pleased.
As are the meat chickens who drink a lot of milk too.
Once Lady’s udder health is well established I will take her back to Once A Day milking. So we can share properly with Bobby T. But not quite yet. In the mean-time we will work on consolidating a healthy bosom and she will have her calf 24 hours a day.
My new girls came today. As I wrote last night in my (usual) chair they ensconced themselves on the big orange couch and read and talked quietly and wrote their journals and within minutes we had fallen into a lovely relaxing womanly rhythm.
They even took some pictures for you.
Even though it is raining and still cold I feel like summer has begun.
I hope you have a lovely day
I’m glad Miss Sheila (even if she lacks a bosom) is getting a piece of the action with the girls. I feel sure that if she knew how to take a selfie, she’d be starting her own blog. That’s a magnificent smile on her face with your auburn haired helper!
Sheila loves to have her photo taken – see Poppy has wandered off – bored.. c
Poppy said…”photos pffft…in a pig’s bum”
I bet Lady Astor is delighted with the massaging!
She is not a touchy feely cow but it is making a difference so we preservere.. c
Hopefully she’ll get to like it and become more tactile.
I hope so too – at least at this stage – and her udder cream smells GREAT so at least my hands are benefiting from the procedure.. c
I got enough bosom for all your cows….what lovely red hair your new helper has
Lovely girls.. c
I had no idea that chicks drank/ate milk. I learn so much from your blog. Love it.
The fat and protein are great for a fattening chicken – nice slow rise.. c
Bosoms were always a mystery to me, though I liked the sound of the word. Good news that Lady’s udder health is well on the way to full health.The woofers look happy and I hope their time will prove productive for you and for them.
You’re not missing anything, Grannymar…. I have one of those ample bosoms that are soft and pillowy… and a darn right pain in the neck. 🙂
🙂 My daughter has well made up for my lack of bosom. In hot weather I do feel sorry for her carrying that weight around
My sister got all the bosom in our family, can’t say I mind at all though. It brought a funny memory though. Back when women were burning their bras the test was if you could put a unsharpened pencil under your bosom and if fell out you could go braless. On my sister the whole darn thing disappeared but I would’ve needed super glue to keep it there! To me the word bosomy conjures up a picture of a particular type of woman, either a sweet granny or a fan dancer – haha.
The test here in Oz where I grew up was if your bosom fit neatly into a champagne glass…..one side at a time of course..
and preferably having drunk the champers first!
I remember the pencil trick. I could pick a pencil up with my toes, but no way hold on to it under my now shrivelled walnuts! LOL.
Same – never was one for a bosom – they terrify me
Elly reminds me that gravity has taken mine south… but not as far south as her buxom bosom will dip in future years! Do knees bruise? 😉
Poor girl – I will definitely not have that problem.. c
HAHAHA, being a horse rider I’m thankful I’m not endowed – can you say black eye?
I love the thought that the farmy has settled into a womanly rhythm. Gorgeous phrase. A very happy weekend to you all.
Happy weekend for you too Misky! c
Good Morning Girls! There are so many “GIRLS” on the farm too!
My favorite place includes two beagles and a yorkie piled on top in my recliner. The best is when I’m I. My place and Dan is in his place next (his recliner) and the home is quiet with music I love on. Ahhhh! I could use an hour like that.
I hope you get a rest like that soon – you are flat out looking after your parents.. c
Lovely addition of Ladies! Glad to hear that Lady’s bosom is coming along.
Udders make me fret.. c
Glad to hear everyone is udderly content. Cold, grey and raining here and for once I’m happy it is, winter seems to be settling in. Laura
Funny you settling into cold and rain and we are all desperate to get out if it into some kind of summer – soon I hope.. c
Looks like one of the pussy cats was trying to get in the picture too. Cute girls. I know they will be great helpers too. Cold here too in the Blue Ridge but I think the rain is over & done.
I hope so – we need some sun too – I am pale as a ghost! not very May like! c
Pigs and selfies while the cows seemed mystified by the entire thing. How long will these new helpers be with you?
H Deb. They will be here for three weeks.. c
Selfies with Sheila! Could become a hugely popular thing – #selfieswithsheila ❤
Laughter! Selfies with Sheila. i will tell her – she seemed more than happy with her role!.. c
Lady Astor’s Bosom, unpublished novel by Jane Austen.
Jean you are a star!! Always make me laugh.. c
It’s blowing and cold here too, good day for a wee family party this afternoon. Here’s one for you: cows, cows, cows, milk and cheese and butter, a cow for a friend is like no udder! Sorry, maybe one too many Stella Artois’ at the ‘do’ this afternoon!
You are brilliant! c
gorgeous photos! Have a lovely day!
Thank you Kathe. It is blowing and cold so we are cooking today!.. c
Happy days! Looks like you have some energetic, Sheila approved, helpers. Yesterday we had sleet, but the trees have greened up. Warmer weather is just around the corner!
Sleet – horrible..
We are starting a slow warm up! YAY! And the corn is rowing out! We are on our way also!
Glad your corn is coming up – c
Us too. It’s been so cold we were afraid the seed rotted in the ground!
‘udder massaging’ … is that why a calf will head-butt her udder sometimes?
How large are your meat chickens when you sell them?
I get the chickens up to about four pound each which dresses out to about 3. Just the right size for me.
We bought chicken breasts from our favorite local meat source. They were enormous. I think your 4 lbs sounds right. They are not big and tough.
Last question: How do you kill your chickens? Mom would wring their necks.
I didn’t know chickens drank milk either! Love learning everything you have to teach, Cecilia.
The peacocks love it too.. milk is everyones friend. c
Chickens drinking milk is new to me also… interesting stuff! It’s lovely to see two happy young people on the farmy… especially taking selfies with the star of the day,
Well, it’s just wrong… but we have snow in the forecast for tonight! And after such a lovely sunny warm week. Our lilacs are finally in blossom… and snow on the way. Sitting here shaking my head in wonder — crazy weather! Hope you have a lovely day too, Miss C. ~ Mame 🙂
Milk is a great protein for growing animals. SNOW! That is outrageous.. c
Womanly rhythm… I like that! 😀
Yes, when women are in sinc all is right with the world.
I like bosom buddies (like the Fellowship). Those pictures with Sheila are priceless! I’m glad Lady A’s bosom is improving. Having experienced something similar, 50-odd years ago she has all my sympathy.
The sun has just returned and Jock saw a bee this morning!
Enjoy your womanly moments,
A Bee! Summer must be coming. We are back in jackets and gloves today – it is freezing.. c
Fingers crossed. I’m so glad Lady Astors Bosom is getting better. What fab hair colour your young helper has. Ohh what would I give to have lovely natural hair colour 😊
Yes indeed – I am not quite ready to uncross my fingers yet!. c
That pig is totally smiling for the selfies. ;-D
Sheila loves the camera – she is the most photographed pig here! c
Great blog title. Made me laugh. Your farm looks lovely.
Hi Antonia, made me laugh too!! c
Wonderful to have discovered your world – I’m a farm animal vet in the UK – and blogger, sculptor…..I don’t document very much of my working life for the privacy of my clients, but I have to say I’d love to spend time photographing my patients as well as treating them. Animals, farm animals in particular are a beautiful bunch. Enjoying reading your antics.
You could have a gallery of rogues on your vet room walls.! I love taking shots of animals. Welcome Hannah. c
I do not believe Miss Sheila believes she is a pig. Or if she knows she’s a pig, she believes she is a PIG among pigs.
Your salad greens look so lovely and tasty 🙂 An inquiring mind wonders – is that parsley, cilantro, or something else growing in the midst of all that deliciousness? I do envy you your space for your garden. Although we live on 3 acres, most of it is woods, with only a small cleared area surrounding the house. The small backyard is completely unsuitable for gardening – it’s shaded, devoted to the dog’s “needs”, and where our septic system and lines are located. The small front yard is the only other green space, and declared “off-limits” by my husband. 🙂
I AM trying my hand at some simple gardening this year though! Just in the flower bed at the front of my house. It is an odd arrangement – the house is split almost exactly in half by the front door into a sunny side and a shady side, so I get to do both sun and shade gardening. The sunny side will have herbs with a few flowers for color, the shady side hostas, coleus, and a couple of bleeding hearts.
And if all this works, I will be converting my indoor potted plant space to salad greens. It’s the same exposure as my flower beds, but indoors in the A/C where it will be cool enough to keep the greens happy.
Happy gardening! And give Miss Sheila a scratch for me 🙂
Pots of lettuce! Sounds great. And you are right – they love the cool – our greens are amazing this year due to this long cold spring.. c
Love the female thing going on at the farmy.😊
When you said, “I love that word BOSOM. Don’t you?. It sounds so soft and pillowy. It even sounds good said out loud. So matronly. Comfy.” I burst into tears. I have not been posting because I am in a race to find a place to live. My body is out of where I used to live and is at my daughter’s house, on her sofa, which is not doing much for family unity. My belongings are at old place, must be out in 6 days and nothing is packed. Yesterday I went to a coffee shop so I could resume my search for digs. On the way home I fell near the curb and hit the back of my head on the asphalt. So you can see the pull of a motherly bosom is to me. Much love, Your Gayle
Hope you find something soon.
Thanks, Vesta. I appreciate your sentiments are well received. Love, Gayle
What a delightful, funny, bosomy post! I’m so glad the milk is flowing. I know how you love to be in the generous milky flow, and it seems a long time since Daisy was fulfilling that role (sigh, but life goes on, and it’s going on well). I love seeing the farm expand and feed more mouths.
“Touch wood.” *lays hand on head*
Wow – I had no idea you could feed milk to chickens. You’re always teaching me something!
The girls appear to be enjoying themselves!
I really like seeing pictures of your working visitors pop up among the beautiful pictures of all your animals- face to a name, you know. And the self-aware smile on Sheila is priceless.