I have a friend who loves yellow. The moment I saw this tree from the tractor, as Boo and I rounded the corner at speed, on the way to feeding hay to the mothers, I thought of her. She once wrote a blog post called Yellow. Funny the things that you remember. These pictures are for you, Good Friend.
Can you see the red door peeking out? This is where you will enter your rooms – the entrance to the AirBnB
Our trees are slow to turn this year. Many are still quite green. The oaks are raggy. But the maples are lovely.
Boo was driving me around on the tractor while I took these shots yesterday afternoon. He is a dab hand for a dog. Though he complains that the pedals are too short. John Deeres are ridiculously easy to drive – even a dog can work out the little turtle and hare and the arrow pictures on the pedals. Boo is a little too fond of the hare setting on the throttle.
We drove past Sheila (who also got some lovely alfalfa hay).
And Molly who had put her babies to bed under a tomato plant so she could get on with some gardening.
In the barn:
I look forward to seeing how these three sleep when it gets really cold. Already they are getting closer. Inching across the divide like very very slow moving heat-seeking missiles.
Wai will put his head into his fishbowl winter house but that is all. He still refuses to sleep in there. I feed him in the blue house to get him used to entering and exiting but he puts up such a series of whining complaints. He is a most unusual pig. Very different from the kunekune. Tima and Tane are all about Tima and Tane and food. WaiWai seems to actually talk. Lifting his snout and very softly touching my hand to get my attention.
My milking room.
And now look out the West milking room door.
Where mother and the new baby are hanging out in the sun.
Calves love the compost heap. They can always find a spot out of the wind and the compost heap is always warm doing what compost heaps do.
Later the newest Bobby brought herself back into her deep straw bed inside the barn and tucked herself in for a sleep.
She is filling out fast this wee girl. Drinking well and evenly too I think. Even though I want to leave Aunty in the hands of this calf and not milk at all for the winter I am reluctant. I have started Aunty Del on once a day milking last night and she was very eager. She gave 15 pounds (low production is quite normal when the udder is still swollen). but her udder is nice and small and compact, and low production works for me, she was not a big producer last time so I am going to see how much the calf takes and how evenly and take it from there. The less I take now the better. But the health of the cow is paramount.
Milking when it gets below freezing is not fun for anyone at all, either.
Of course, my main worry is when I go to New Zealand for three weeks, leaving John and Jake in charge. I hate to leave a big workload of high-value tasks.
I hope you have a good day.
Tuesday 11/07 10% / 0 in
Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 47F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 11/07 10% / 0 in
Some clouds early will give way to generally clear conditions overnight. Low 29F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
6:31 am 4:41 pm
Waning Gibbous, 80% visible 8:10 pm 10:09 am