And with the weather being so miserable and cold the piglets spend most of their time sleeping under their light – so it really is not too noisy in there.
Though Molly is still jumping on the gates to see what is going on.
We have received our delivery of all the milking paraphernalia for another season of milking Lady Astor, all rubber parts that have been in contact with milk are replaced every year. So the kitchen table has been taken over by taken apart machinery.
Welcome back to the milking pump. Greased and primed and hopefully ready for another season. I need to make it a new cover before those barn roosters perch all over it.
The company I bought the pump and all my milking gear from (who has not paid me to endorse them or anything) actually called me yesterday to say that the milk hose they had sold me this week was not up to standard and they were sending another at no charge. Their quality control people had shown this batch of hose to be more brittle than usual or something. Anyway there was no recall, just a free replacement to be delivered poste haste – no charge. They were actually personally calling everyone who had bought from this batch of hose to tell them. Amazing. I love the Parts Department.
Milking of another description. Below is Poppy’s udder – she is ready to farrow. Soon I hope. The ‘Sty Camera’ (thank you for the great label, Spike) enables me to see that she is standing and walking about all day. It was my turn as Head Chef – we seem to be morphing from Kitchen Mama to Head Chef – so I was in the kitchen most of the day dealing with rhubarb and making shepherds pie and winter cakes, with the Sty Camera as company. Poppy did not lay down at all yesterday. Probably too uncomfortable.
When she did sleep in the night she lay on her belly with her head laid on her feet, her ears flopped over her eyes like blinders. She spent the night fast asleep and un-moving. She is up now though – staring at the door, waiting for me to come and open it.
Time for me to go open the sows door and let her go for a wander in the field. I hope you have a lovely day.
Friday 05/05 10% / 0 in
Mostly sunny skies with gusty winds. High 62F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.
Friday Night 05/05 60% / 0.06 in
Cloudy with showers. Thunder possible. Low 43F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.