I am still waiting for the pawpaws to ripen so I can make the pawpaw ice-cream. They are late this year. I hope they ripen before it gets cold as it is already getting coldER.
You asked me how I keep track of everything. This is a board Victoria sent me, it lives in the milking room. When I see something important I note the date on the board, then transfer that info to my diary if it is a firm date. Sometimes this board gets a bit crammed so then I just note all these dates on my indoor board and start again.
Pania is off her nest and alone so I suppose this means she did not hatch her eggs. This happens to her every year poor bird.
The crops are almost dry. The chicken tractors are empty and await their annual maintenance.
Aunty Del never really did come into heat so I am not sure what is going on there.
It looks like Poppy was caught in her second cycle with the boar so I think we have two weeks to wait.
Nick has left everything in very good order. All ship-shape and honkey dory. But it is going to be so quiet now. (Until the next guy comes but he is only for a week).
We are getting a good two dozen eggs a day now so the piglets are getting sleek and fat – when they are forty pounds I will start selling all but seven – the seven will be fed up for my friends freezers.
The piglets digging up the thistle patch. Thistle roots are edible and I am more than happy for them to eat as many as they can. The thistles are threatening to take over my farm so I put the pigs into a patch of them anytime I can. They root them all out then we smooth and resow in good pasture in the spring. It works but it is a slow process!
I wrote most of this post this morning then had to do chores at Warp speed before running Nick up to the train (80 minute drive) – then because I was close to the city I went Grocery Shopping (downy mouth face) and have only just finished putting everything away. So really this is Good Afternoon!
I am all alone again but I feel good about it. I have been left in such good order by all the wonderful student farmers who have worked with me this summer.
I hope you have a lovely day .