LET’S look at that picture again. I knew these birds would be photogenic but they are beautiful.
This image reminds me of an old vogue cover I once saw, all the models in a tableaux with soft light and perfect expressions of disdainful distance from the proceedings.
I have to be careful though, as they take fright at my appearance unless I move very carefully and slowly. But yesterday when I was taking to my guests on our farm tour, we were all standing next to their tub, I noticed that after a while they began to respond when they heard my voice taking its turn in the conversation. Their black bird eyes would lift in unison, their heads would tip on the side to look up with one eye then they would all lean into the sounds of my voice. Like the bubble of a cockle as a small wave recedes across the beach. The intention of a surge. When I stopped making words they would tuck their heads back in again.
The Khaki Campbell ducks are not known to be over friendly, I think they are more of a working duck, but I found this recognition from these little birds really uplifting. This connection across species.
These pigs spent most of yesterday sleeping. Not being used to having so much space, they kept to their little house. They came out to eat though and have established a toilet on the other side of their field which must be a relief. Later in the evening I could hear them playing with one of their old barrel toys so that was a good sign.
Poppy started throwing her bowls around yesterday so I got her playground semi-baby-proof, blocked all the holes I could find and let her and the piglets out to play. (Now we get ready for escapees). Within minutes of the big gate opening they were all out there digging in the soil. Then she lay down and fed them in the sun. It is such good soil out there too but never gets long enough to grow a decent pig pasture. This year I will plant trees along the border.
I will get going early this morning. Yesterday I ran out of time in the afternoon. I blame egg deliveries and having to drive out to buy the seed. Anytime I leave the property I feel like I lose hours.
We will sow the new field this morning. Hay grasses and oats. Two acres.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Cloudy but warmer.
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