Yesterday was Newsletter Day. I hope you all received yours. If not let me know and I will send you a copy today.
The links to the Farmy Shops are in there (and below).
The Newsletter has a Monthly Letter. Every month the letter is different because every month brings me to a different point in my thinking. It is crafted as opposed to conversational. I like my conversational coffee laden voice that you read every morning but I also like the challenge of writing a piece once a month that has more thought and care in it. Something a little more challenging.
Here is an excerpt from yesterdays Newsletter. It is a collection of notes from my observation of cows:
1. Cows drink lots of water.
2. Cows stick with the herd but hold onto their own space.
3. Cows never stand out in the hot sun without a hat.
4. Cows have favourite friends amongst other cows in the herd.
5. Cows are nosy and will stare without apology.
6. Cows will stand without complaint in nasty weather knowing it will change.
7. Cows hide their babies from everyone for a few days after birth.
8. Cows burp and fart without saying ” Oh, pardon me”.
9. Cows will not go forward unless they can see where they are going.
10. Cows find open gates irresistible.
11. Cows will walk the same track day after day and are OK with that.
12. Cows lie down and doze for hours on end in the middle of a work day.
13. Cows can walk up steps but cannot walk down steps.
14. Cows will quietly and forever hold a grudge.
15. Cows will give more milk if you give them a name.
16. Cows take the time to stand chewing and staring at nothing.
I say: THINK LIKE A COW
And today I will make the Think Like A Cow T Shirt. I will let you know on Sunday how that went.
If you received your Newsletter and enjoyed it I would love you to be part of the marketing team and share it with your friends. I would greatly appreciate that. And thank you if you have already. If you see something you like on Zazzle but cannot buy it today click Like and share that too: on Pinterest or Facebook or your social media of choice. Spreading the base helps me gather a little revenue towards managing the permanent guests on the farm like Wai and Sheila.
Making that extra is hard on a small sustainable farm so Thank You for being a part of this new venture with me.
And now to pigs. It rained yesterday and I found Molly a number of times out in her backyard with her udder in a puddle of rain. The milk bar ended up a bit muddy.
But she was seeking relief. The poor girl has sixteen teats with lots of milk and only three piglets so she will be very uncomfortable. I bet she loved that cold water. I am giving her aspirin a couple of times a day for a few days to help alleviate the pain. Her babies are the fattest wee babies I have ever seen. They feed quite silently – no need to push and shove there is plenty for everyone.
Tane is the picture of health now. Though he still limps he is getting around quite quickly. His coat is thick and glossy. Tima, his fat wife, is not allowed out of her field because she is decimating the corn in the cornfield. She eats through the stalks felling the corn trees like a beaver then devours whole ears of corn. Then moves to the next stalk. She is a machine. Once I found what she was up to she was locked up but Tane is much better behaved and he and Wai are allowed to roam the grounds at will.
I am slowly getting more and more straw into Wai’s bedroom. Soon I will begin to build a hut over it for warmth in the winter. This has to happen very slowly because he hates change.
It will be wet and windy today so I have opened up the North side of the barn with the creep so the calves have a space they can sleep, away from the hooves of the big cows. Wet is fine – wet with wind is more chilling. Though the wind will be warm in the afternoon and here it is October! Of course, the calves would be fine outside too but I have shut the big fields to encourage maximum growth for this wet week. They have Pat’s Paddock and hay for the meantime. Having good grass growth at this point in the season is incredible. I intend to let it grow for late autumn feed.
I hope you have a lovely day
WEATHER: Wet and Warm and Windy. Perfect for the fields.
Saturday 10/07 100% / 0.32 in
Showers early, becoming a steady rain for the afternoon. Windy. Thunder possible. High near 80F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Saturday Night 10/07 10% / 0 in
Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 52F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
6:56 am 6:24 pm
Waning Gibbous, 96% visible 8:02 pm 8:50 am