There is every chance that the udder Aunty Del is developing is from the attentions of this older calf.  She took him over when he first arrived and they have created one of those bovine connections that cows do but I have watched them closely and have not seen any activity that is out of line.  He has never suckled on her that I have seen but we know this kind of thing happens. 123the-003

Very rarely,  if a calf sucks enough on a dry cow she will come into milk.  But I still don’t think she has – her teats are still very small. It is an interesting mystery. If the vet comes out for anything else I will book an internal but everyone seems healthy for the meantime touch wood.


Little fat piglets.


It rained yesterday and all last night, with wind. So most everyone took to their beds.


I  covered Wai’s leaky house as best I could but as soon as the crops are out and he is free to roam again I will make him a bedroom in the barn and he can come and go through the front door.  He will not go far.  But I really cannot leave him in that funny shack, a good dump of snow will collapse it. Just putting a tarp and particle board on top of it made it wobble.

In the barn, he can have a heat lamp if it gets really cold.  I think he would be more comfortable in the barn.

The machines will not be into out fields for a while yet though – we are sodden again.

I wonder what this winter will bring.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

Monday 10/23 100% / 0.35 in
Cloudy. Periods of rain this morning. High 57F/13C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Monday Night 10/23 60% / 0.04 in
Rain showers this evening with overcast skies overnight. Low 42F/5C. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

7:13 am 6:00 pm
Waxing Crescent, 12% visible 10:42 am 8:48 pm

38 Comments on “WATCHING CLOSELY

  1. Around here, Cincinnati, they are predicting another mild winter. I’m OK with that but I take it with the grain of salt. I find it hard to imagine that they can predict the next 6 months broadly when they get next week wrong on a regular basis.

  2. I’m sure that chicken is taking it’s life into it’s hands!
    Hopefully Wai will discover the problems of outdoors in the day time and will realise the barn is best …and ask for your help.

    • He came out of his house this morning all dry and warm but the rain is persistent – I don’t know – I need these crops out so I can let him cruise about again – being locked in that field is not helping…

  3. Yes, I’ve read predictions about a mild winter as well. We finally got desperately needed rain almost all day yesterday and last night. But it was so badly needed and sucked into the earth it is not the least bit muddy here! Today will be up to 77 degrees! But this weekend the temps will dip into the low 30s, so it’s time to break out the row covers and cover the beds we will take through the winter!

  4. My day is feeling a bit like those clouds…as if something is ready to fall on our heads. We are fine, but it’s a “bit much” right now, if you know what a mean. x

  5. Many many years ago I had a female dachshund/cross who had never had pups. We were encouraged to take in a kitten who was too young to be away from its mama but mama had become a road statistic and this wee kitten needed someone. Long story short, kitten began nursing on pup and pup filled with milk and fed her. It was shocking to us all but there you go, odd things can happen.
    We are expecting your rain to hit us this afternoon and continue on till tomorrow. I read a long-term forecast recently, for this winter, that indicated western Canada will have a colder than normal winter, here in Ontario we should expect greater than normal snowfalls, and milder than normal temperatures in the eastern provinces. Thing is, our countries (Canada and U.S.) are so vast in size that each region has to expect it’s own unique weather systems to affect our lives. In the meantime, we’ve had just totally incredible weather this autumn and it appears this week will show us cooler temps for the first time this season… latter part of October in Canada and we haven’t even had our jackets out yet! Maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, hope you have a lovely day too. ~ Mame 🙂

  6. All the signs around here are saying we are heading into a very hard winter. Very hard. I hope yours is mild.

      • The loggers are saying the leaves on the trees are smaller than normal, and the acorns with abundant and dropped as soon as they formed, the skunk cabbage bloomed and died quickly. and is TALL—the snow will be as deep as the skunk cabbage is tall.
        our leaves didn’t really turn color before they started falling, the strip on the wooly worms it tiny the worm is mostly black—the corn turned down early with tick husks, the owls came back early, the geese and sand hill cranes arrived in August, we had lots of early fog in late August and early sept, the horses are getting thicker than normal hair for this time of year
        The ants are marching in lines instead of going here and there, the spider webs are thick and LARGE–our squirrels were FAT in September and not the usual late October and last but not least I have been seeing more moons with halos around them…lots of moisture in the air.

        I’m sure there are more signs, but these are the ones I know about.

  7. You are cracking me up thinking you are going to convince Wai to do anything he doesn’t want to ;-D.

    • The Canada Geese have also been flocking up and moving much sooner than normal. The Black Walnuts dropped (suddenly!) and almost all the Mountain Ash Berries are on the ground already.

  8. I certainly hope that Wai can see the way . . . you plan seems much more sensible. But then again, he IS a he – hehe.

  9. Poor old Tane, that chicken is taking terrible liberties. I feel sorry for the chooks and Wai in their drafty accommodation: we had lashing rain and 30mph winds the other day as we lay quaking in our new tent. It held up beautifully, but that was not a quiet night… And now the sun is out and we have a lovely misty morning to start our journey north, back home to the heat and sunshine 🙂

  10. Good luck with Wai and his accommodations! We are being predicted to have a milder than normal winter, but with the usual amount of precipitation. I am just hoping that doesn’t mean more icy rains instead of snow! Mild won’t be bad, though.

  11. Squeals with piggy laughter. I love pig butts and I can not lie!! Happy Tuesday sweet friends. XOXO – Bacon

  12. Please God, just don’t send all the water we need in one day. Or even a week. Seriously, the kind of drenching poor Houston suffered would have made a lake of California’s entire Central Valley.

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