Right this minute – it is 5.23am -it is 53F/11C, really warm. And wet, sopping all over, really wet, wet air and wet ground and wet all around. I can hear water dripping off the eaves into the gardens and the water barrel.
Molly has settled down into being a nice pig again now that she is back out in the big vegetable garden. She was getting stir crazy in her own little pig garden.
The new wee Bobby slept most of yesterday – I always worry when I cannot see them feeding but she is already pooing like a well fed baby. Two reasons why she will go into the beef herd. One – She is small and if she is bred she may end up with an Ayrshire sized udder and this would be awful for her and for her health. Two – she had a male twin which means she has a 90 percent chance of being a freemartin this means she will be infertile. It is a cow thing. Do you remember we went through this discussion with Queenie.
Not to worry though – as I said in reason number One – It would be irresponsible to breed her anyway. Plus I am not breeding cows for the next wee while. Just growing them and hopefully selling them. I am well stocked now!
Lady Astor is milking just above 20 pounds (9 liters) a day – once she drops down a bit further I can dry her up. I will milk Aunty Del once a day, and I am leaving her calf on her 24/7 with no bottle. I hope I do not get a crippling winter in case I have to milk Del right through. But having baby with her all the time gives us lots of options. This is a good healthy wooly baby – I am pretty sure she will take over ok. As long as Aunty’s production remains low.
Piglets in the garden – they are so happy. The day is punctuated with occasional squeaks as they investigate the electric fence and get zapped. Not the fastest learners but they are the fastest runners. And they honk like geese as they run – very funny.
The cows and I had a good day in the fields fixing fences.
Very exciting news! The Calendar is ready.
THE CALENDAR IS READY!! – BUY IT HERE.
And while you are there maybe add some postcards – they make wonderful Christmas gift cards and they are only $1.50 each. And maybe a Sheila T shirt?. I am working on the Christmas Cards today – (looks like the weather might keep me inside) and I will give you the links to those asap.
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WEATHER: Wet. Wet. Wet. And maybe a Storm or two. A good day for little calves to stay inside with their Mums.
Sunday 11/05 70% / 0.36 in
Variable clouds with strong thunderstorms. Damaging winds and large hail with some storms. High 58F/14C. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday Night 11/05 20% / 0 in
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later at night. Low 36F/2C. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
6:28 am 4:43 pm
Waning Gibbous, 95% visible 6:20 pm 7:52 am