Boo and the cats have an arrangement. They don’t run – he won’t chase them. But he still watches them very carefully in case someone wants to play.
We had a little gap of brighter cloud-shine at the end of the day yesterday. Today is dawning clear though.
It seems I have very little to say though. We are just slogging through.
Lady Astors milk production has dropped enough that I can probably dry her up now. Knowing that this is the last of the milk until next year is making me reluctant, I love the cream, and that butter, but it has to happen. I made a decision to be milk free for 2018 so I can put my energy into other enterprises. And she is getting tired of the continual production. She is not a young cow. And milking for almost a year is really not natural. Though dairy cows are not natural either!
So if she continues with this drop, her last milking will be tomorrow. Tomorrow I leave for Chicago then California for my annual visit to my son and his family. If I am not here all her triggers for milking are gone. She is lovely and healthy. I have a stack of grass hay for her to eat as she dries up. No more alfalfa.
Also no more lifting that pump up and down those steps, dragging that pump back and forth through the snow and milking in this cold. You would think everyone will be grateful. But I always miss my cows when I dry them up. MIlking is my favourite time. Just me and the cow. It is not a chore really, more of a contemplation with movements. Because her udder is so long and ruinous Lady cannot be bred again, it would be irresponsible, so this is her last milking ever.
It is a relief to decide to finish milking though. I have been putting it off. Poor old Lady.
She is not going anywhere – she will wander about our fields for a few years yet.
I hope your day is lovely – we have SUN! That is lovely!
PS That mess of soaking flaxseeds in the silver bowl is the beginning of some sprouted seed crackers. They have been in the dehydrator all night. I will tell you about them tomorrow.
WEATHER: Sun. Cold sun.
Monday 02/12 10% / 0 in
Sunny. High 18F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night 02/12 10% / 0 in
Partly cloudy. Low 6F. Winds light and variable.
6:51 am 5:23 pm
Waning Crescent, 10% visible 4:44 am 2:37 pm