Poor Aunty Del awaits. Every evening she comes in to sleep in the pen we call the Black Hole of Calcutta. It is comfortable and warm. Full of straw. No drafts. Dark but cozy. It is the waiting room for the milking cows as well as the maternity room for the cows when it is cold. It is cold and blowing lately.
She is such a long cow and tall. Her teats are disappearing into buttons as her udder fills. Now I remember why I fed her last calf. Hopefully, this one can drink from her mother as I did not want to milk all winter.
Under this strange pile below is Wai. He puts his head down and burrows so deep that the blanket on top stays in place for the whole night. I will bring in the big round fish bowl today – John is off work so he can help me. I cannot lift it by myself. But I am betting he will ignore it.
Bobby calf peering around the corner watching Tima eat the calf’s dinner. That pig. Tima and Tane have decided they don’t like the colander that is called the Tin Shack anymore. And back they have come into the barn and taken over the sunroom again – poor Calf. They all watch each other to see who lies down first then they arrange themselves in accordance. The pigs sleep cuddled together. The calf just to the side. And so they sleep.
I very, very slowly drove the tractor straight into the barn door yesterday. The accelerator simply stuck. It was quite shocking really. I have no idea why this happened. If my clown pants had caught it would have pulled up not down. Usually, when you lift your foot off the pedal it stops with a jolt. This time it did not. And there is no way to take this tractor out of gear. You push one pedal to go forward and another pedal to go back. And have a handle that is pushed up with your hand to increase speed. After the initial jolt of confusion, I pumped the reverse pedal and the tractor lurched to a stopped before it drove right into WaiWai’s pen. It stopped just short of his pen walls.
Someone was furious with me. But I hope that same someone will find a way to repair the door I broke. I will need to be shutting that big door very soon.
Have a lovely day.
Tuesday 10/31 0% / 0 in
Sunshine in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 43F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 10/31 0% / 0 in
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 31F. Winds light and variable.
7:22 am 5:49 pm
Waxing Gibbous, 87% visible 4:14 pm 3:05 am