Today I don’t think she is pregnant. I mean: her udder did look like it was changing but now there is nothing filling up. Was I seeing something I wished to see? And I think I felt her calf kick me but now there is just the usual wash of internal gastric movement.
She is quiet, and patient with me leaning on her, but by now she should really be properly barrel shaped. And she really is not. She is eating plenty. She has under a month to go.
But there you are – it is all part of the farming game – and if she is not pregnant that is ok too. I will send the pair of them (Aunty Del too) off to a bull and take the summer off from milking.
Alex is a bit of a barrel but always is.
The piglets came out once yesterday to play in the sun. But I am still not pleased with them. They sleep too much. Do not feed enough. Do not play enough.
They do not look anaemic – their eyes are bright and they are pink and healthy, even shiny. But they are slow to fill out. And Molly is eating her lactation Mama diet and just getting fat actually. I think this is a slow group. Let’s hope that is all that is and that they will begin to feed more often soon. I have opened up their dining area and set out solid feed for them, and I have added the iron and kelp supplements to the dirt clods that sit in there with the water.
This piglet had to be rescued she was jammed in there behind that post, fast asleep, with her brother in behind her and one underneath. None of them were bothered. None of them wriggling with discomfort. Just passed out. Slow.
Alex has begun to build a Mt Poovius (his words) in the rat house paddock. He starts on the chook house today. He is a finisher. He enjoys tasks he can complete. Many farm tasks are cyclic or puzzle solving or repetitive and he is good at these too but his satisfaction comes from finishing a job like the Rat House and then shutting the door.
I am plugging away in the glass house and garden. Happy. Sowing these beautiful Open Pollinated seeds. I make little packets of seeds up and give them away to my friends so they can sow a few, then later in the summer they will collect the seeds and give some back to me and keep some for themselves and share with others. That is the theory anyway.
We have a new girl, Ellie, coming on Sunday. The work will start to fly by then. I have no international wwoofers booked for this summer which will be a first.
We had a couple of productive sunny days and now the rain is back. The wind is shifting to the East – not a piglet friendly (their home opens to the East) but the wind will not be strong. There is more rain than sun in the forecast and no really warm weather – I am thinking of buying more hay again. Which, as you know, makes me want to spit.
When it rains Our John does not work, so he has a list of farm jobs too, when he is not hiding in his workshop.
I hope you all have a lovely day.