Last night I went to check the cows and found Poppy the pig sleeping in the corner of the barn with them. They don’t seem to mind. I don’t mind either Poppy always comes home for dinner. And since I put Sheila in the cherry tree field she has been roaming. So today the Twins come back to the home farm. The Plonkers go out into the field (that will be a test of the fences) and Poppy goes to visit Manu.
Yesterday afternoon both the home cows came into the barn for the afternoon and I could not find Bobby to lock him away before the milking. TonTon and I went out to get him and of course he was no-where to be found in that long grass. Ton leapt into action and at the command of Find Bobby did a perfect grid search of the field and after quite a period of earnest searching, returning to me twice to get further instruction – found the calf for me. It was an impressive piece of work – the baby calf was well hidden. And Ton knew exactly who he was looking for, his best work is finding specific animals.
Even if it is only a specific toy or a frisbee if he is commanded to find it he will keep looking for hours until he suddenly arrives next to me carrying the correct item, long after I have forgotton about it sometimes.
Kat was in the kitchen yesterday. We had been grocery shopping the day before and they were laughing at not being able to buy any junk food at all. So she set to work and presented us with home made pretzels. Then I got out my favourite recipe books and she made home made pasta for the first time and I made ricotta then later in the afternoon the girls made ravioli. Lots of firsts for the girls yesterday. Their journals are bursting with new experiences.
Theo the sole peachick was forming an unusual attachment to TonTon by yesterday. This is sweet initially but I already have a peahen who thinks she is a person the last thing I need is one who thinks she is a dog. So we changed her house and took her and her heating equipment out to live with the new red chicks, they are being raised as layers so they will be around for a while.
Somehow last night she got out of her dog box. And when I went out to check her I saw the most amazing thing. The tiny chick was in the corner of the chickens house, on the floor, safe and unharmed but completely surrounded in red chickens. It looked like they had put her into the farthest corner from the door then settled around her in a big deep semicircle to keep her safe from harm. Well, we all know chickens and this is not chicken-like behaviour. It was extremely odd to have to reach way over this circle of crouching sleeping chickens to uplift the tiny captive and return the chick to her hot house. She is too young to be running about without a mother.
I hope you have a lovely day.
We will have a busy day. I might bring back Aunty Del as well while we have the tractor hitched up so it will be a busy evening. She is still showing no conclusive signs of pregnancy but we will see. She is showing no signs of heat either and has been running with that little bull for months. Stranger things have happened.
I hope you have a lovely day.