The first of the summer people has arrived. His name is Alex – he is from California and he is going to be great.
I got his arrival date wrong so he is here a week ahead of my schedule and right on time for his.
Already he is fully engaged. Last night we took the dogs for their evening stroll together and the air was full of the sounds of frogs in the fields and the ditch.
So today the summer work begins. Even though this week has a blend of wintry weather ahead of us – even a nasty snow storm forecast for Thursday, we will be setting up for the summer but we will not be planting – not with an inch of snow due on Thursday. Most of the work will be focused on seed sowing, barn cleaning and organising the systems for the summer – the boards, the lists, the books.
It is nice to have Lady Astor home. My old milk cow. All the big cows are still locked off the big fields – the ground is still too soft. The three calves are out in Pats Paddock though, they are lighter on their feet and less destructive to the pasture.
By rights I should allow the pasture to grow to about eight inches before bringing in stock – but I can seldom wait that long. I get as antsy as the cows do watching the grass grow, and feeding out hay is like sitting on a thorn. Because Lady has that trouble with her udder overfilling she will stay on dry tucker until she calves. As long as I have enough dry hay that is. Our John bought 50 more bales off a friend of his – that should hold us for another twenty odd days.
The next wave of plonkers are selling well for next month. My goal is to sell four a month of any size.
Good morning. It looks like Boo will spend his day hiding in the wardrobe – there is rain and thunder coming by mid-morning and it looks like it will rain all day. But my new volunteer – Alex – is a sturdy chap, I don’t think rain will bother him.
Have a lovely day.
Day: Cloudy with periods of rain. Thunder possible. High around 60F/15C. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.