INKY really is the most beautiful calf.  She is just so beefy. Lovely straight back, nice legs and a very sweet temperament to boot. pigs-009

She is still drinking from her own mother Aunty Anna AND Alex (Rainbow’s mother).  Alex and her calf are sold and leave on the 10th of December so this state of affairs will not last much longer.  But all that milk is making for a very strong calf.


Actually, Aunty Anna, her mother, is sold too but I will keep Inky.  She and Txiki (who i have decided to keep) will be the two beef heifers next summer – I will breed them to a mini angus.  They are the beginnings of my mini beef herd. Look at Inky – she still does that ‘ che’ bro’  thing. The slight lift of her face in salute.  The kids I used to teach at home do this. The less your face moves the tougher you are. A twitch of greeting is deeply gratifying.  It means you are ‘in’.


The weather is holding this above average warmth pattern. It was a glorious day yesterday.  All the windows were open. Clothes on the line and pigs basking in the sunshine.  We have a few more days of warmth ahead of us too. I am going to get the winter blankets out on the line today.


By 4.30pm it is almost dark.  Chores need to be started early in the afternoon or I am left working in the dark.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

PS On the weekend I spoke to a little boy, who I will be visiting in New Zealand on the 18th of December and he solemnly announced that he would see me in four Mondays, holding up his four fingers. And now there are three Mondays left.  Three fingers!

WEATHER: Still unusually warm for this time of year. Some midwest areas are as much as 30 degrees above average.

Tuesday 11/28 20% / 0 inA mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 59F/15C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tuesday Night 11/28 20% / 0 inSome clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Slight chance of a shower throughout the evening. Low near 30F/-1C. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

6:55 am 4:26 pm
Waxing Gibbous, 68% visible1:43 pm 12:51 am


30 Comments on “INKY

  1. Yes I truly appreciate a nice beef cow- the way the back muscles ripple under the skin when they walk, how the chest and shoulders muscles move in unison. I think it’s just a nurse thing- looking at musculature- because I appreciate the same type of body movements in people too. (My husband doesn’t buy that it’s a “nurse thing”. He thinks I “appreciate” muscles a little too much 😀!)

      • Huh 🙂 !! And people do not understand why I, well at least partly, watch all the great road cycle races t’out the summer on European paths . . . . true story . . .

  2. HI! I’m still kicking, but been away un-tethered in the Bahamas for a little while. I am about two weeks behind in reading the blog….. Good to see everyone again! Lovely post. That is one pretty calf.

    • OH OH! I wore my Wai shirt on the cruise too. I got many giggles and questions. I just love that Tee and may need a 2nd one since it is so so soft! Please tell him he went to Nassau last week. I’m sure he will be impressed. 😉

  3. Good to hear the weather is being kind. Too warm here as well. 3 more fingers ehh? i would be counting down too for a trip home. Or from someone I loved. I think a mini herd is a great idea! Inky is gorgeous. Wishing you a wonderfilled day.

  4. Speaking of the ‘Wai’ shirts, I’m dying to buy on4e of your ‘full eclipse’ items, but I don’t know how to find them. Help! Inky is a ‘she’? Odd anatomy for a girl, I’d say! Love the photos from that time of day… sunrise and sunset – favorite times of day.

  5. I thought Inky was catching scent at first, but her mouth isn’t open, so there… I was mistaken! I love a little “tude” in animals. Humans aren’t the only ones to sport that stance!

  6. Ah, not quite dark… the gloaming… my favourite time of day… nicely captured.
    I’m pleased the autumnal warmth is hanging around for just a bit longer for you before you make the holiday – southern hemisphere weather transition…. in 3 Mondays!

  7. Inky the calf to Inky the heifer to Inky the cow. She is a lovely animal. I hope your regrouping is progressing. Three fingers! YAY

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