Yesterday the fog hung thick. Blanketing the earth for the whole day. Usually, a fog will lift in the late morning but yesterday we shoved through the sodden visible air for the whole day.
We have collected our experimental bale of silage. It is alfalfa. Very good stuff. The beef cows, full from their dry bale under the trees were less than enthusiastic but the pigs LOVE it. I am going to feed it to Lady Astor at milking time and see how it affects the butter. The cows milk butter changes over the year – it is the epitome of seasonal. When they eat green spring grass the butter is a good deep yellow. On a dryer winter diet it is much lighter in colour and a lighter taste. Fermented foods should be better for a ruminant (you would think) and this is wet too. Plus the proteins are held for longer in silage so maybe the milk will be creamier.
We will see.
I will make butter today and then again in three days. Then see if there is a difference. I always culture the butter, so I will make another batch of yoghurt first.
All the cows are locked up on their concrete pads now. It rained last night and will continue to rain today. And you know how protective I am of my pastures.
The three little fat pigs are more than happy about the upturn in the temperatures.
Mud is coming.
I am working on making little muffin sized steak and cheese pies. I make parchment paper muffin tin liners which has made ALL the difference. But I think I can roll my pastry a little thinner. They were incredibly delicious.
I think I have a bit of a wet slog ahead of me today. This afternoon the temperatures start to fall straight down past freezing and possibly into ice and snow. So tomorrow morning will be interesting. Or not.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Wet. Wet. Wet.
Monday 01/22 100% / 0.31 in
Windy with a steady rain this morning. Showers continuing this afternoon. Thunder possible. High 57F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Monday Night 01/22 70% / < 1 in
Rain showers early with precipitation turning to a mixture of rain and snow overnight. Low 29F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
7:11 am 4:57 pm
Waxing Crescent, 26% visible 10:16 am 10:34 pm