Good Order

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.

board8You 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

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.

empty nests

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 .




50 Comments on “Good Order

  1. Silly question, but I have no idea what Paw-Paw’s are and I can’t really even get a hint from your picture. Something from New Zealand? By the way, I got my Lurch t-shirt a few days ago. I wonder how that little piggy is doing?

  2. Two chook tractors! Didnt know you added one or missed it or forgot, but it’s definitely a good thing. Those piglets (when does a piglet become a pig) are working for their eggs, good piggies. I have never had a pawpaw. Have a wonderful day C.

  3. Some days are just too full like that. When I need to remember something from one place to the other, I would take a photo with my cell and take it to the place I need to write it down next. When I see notes on grocery store pin boards for something like a craft fair I may want to attend, I take a cell photo of it so I don’t have to write it until I get home. I have a much shorter memory than you, I’m sure. I’m glad you don’t have to dig out the thistles my way. By hand. 😦 Can I borrow a little piggy or two? 🙂 They look lovely and healthy.

  4. Your mention of paw-paws reminds me of a song we sang when I was a child. I had no idea what a paw-paw was, but we sang a variation of this song! (The names seem to change depending on who is singing it.)

  5. I’ve never had paw paws. I’ve heard they taste like bananas. The piglets look so busy, good thing they get rid of the thistles. Have a lovely afternoon.

  6. We are waiting for our persimmons to ripen, like you with your paw paws, it’s always a race against the weather, will they get enough sun and enough warm days to ripen before winter sets in?

  7. Cute song. I, too, have never experienced paw-paws and must look for them in the supermarket.
    Industrious pudgy little piggies working away for their lunch. I guess Mr. Flowers is not doing his job if poor Pania is left childless once again, hmmmm.
    I am guessing that planning for your wwoofers keep you organized and on the move but, even so, a good quiet time has just as much benefit in allowing you to re-group and make a set of new plans for the next ones incoming. So enjoy the quiet and hope the rest of your day is a great one too. ~ Mame 🙂

    • The little American pawpaw has a very short shelf life – about 4 days so I have never seen them in the supermarket – maybe a farmers market? Many people forage for them when walking in the woods. c

  8. I pick mine green if it looks like wet windy weather’s coming, and also so the bats won’t eat them all. I leave some stem on, pop them in a brown paper bag or wrap in newspaper and stand them stem down in a plant pot, and leave in a warm dry spot until ripe. Squeeze of lemon or lime…..yummm!!

  9. I love my pawpaws dried and chopped in cakes and on cereal. They’re easy to store like that, and you don’t need much, as they’re very sweet. Not so keen on fresh ones, I find the smell a bit off-putting, but that’s a very personal reaction. I hope you didn’t have to crank the Starship Farmy up to Warp Factor 10 to get everything done…

  10. I’m sure they would say you have left your working students in good order as well. If the pawpaws don’t ripen you could eat Pawpaw salad with the green ones! xx

  11. A find a little bit of fresh paw paw goes a long way, we had a tree but evidently in an awkward spot for our neighbour who mowed the lawn in our absence… But yes, greem paw paw is good in salad/salsa and also soaked in orange juice. Homegrown piggies are the best.

  12. You have fine healthy plonkers. I tend to see pork chops and fine hams when I look at them. It’s nice that you had such good help this summer. A good exchange of knowledge and camaraderie sounds like. A bit of quiet to draw strength from and then the nip of ccccold. Enjoy your day.

  13. Knew the Americans called ‘pawpaw’ ‘papaya’ as it is so often served in Hawaii, California et al . . . . am a little surprised if US supermarkets do not have huge bins in season as here. One of my very favourite fruits: actually comes from the very popular custard apple family! Green papaw salad absolutely fabulous . . . Not difficult to grow as long as one does not have heavy frosts . . . yellow, red, white flesh: moreish!!

    • The native pawpaw is very small – not as big as the papaya and has no shelf life at all so really not suited for commercial selling which is lovely really. We keep it to ourselves! c

      • Thanks Celi! When I lived in the Northern Rivers had big ‘clumps’ of bright red ones on the sunny side of the house as wind storms could wreak havoc . . . the heavy fruit must have one of the most intoxicating aromas in the world . . .mine grew to about 40-50 cms N>S and kept quite well both on and off the ‘tree’. And yet Wikipedia says ‘native American’!! I live in rural NSW – no problem in accessing in the season . . .

        • Same up here in Northern Qld, every old has has a couple of pawpaw trees s and a couple of banana trees and a couple of orange and lemon and custard apple trees – the last of which, by the way, I adore. The unfortunate pawpaws are very vulnerable to cyclones being so shallow rooted, so it’s just as well they shoot up like weeds here!

  14. PawPaws grow easily in the warm, frost free coastal area (Durban) of SA. Also called Papino’s here, and are the obligatory base ingredient of all fruit salads this side of the world. They are usually still green when bought and ripen readily in open fruit bowl. I have just realised I don’t like orange food – butternut, pumpkin, pawpaws and melons, don’t eat any of them! Laura

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