Pawpaw flowers smell awful and attact flies but that is not the new development. In fact it looks like we might have an actual crop this year!

Here is the risky development. Other than the hay of course which is getting riskier by the hour.

Sometime ago John was discussing cows with a friend of his who had come across a deal to buy old, bred Angus cows who were being culled due to age, from a large herd close by. This discussion was probably about three months ago and I had quite given up on ever seeing these cows and taken them out of my spring plan.


Last night John’s friend called and told John that the two middle aged heavily pregnant cows will be delivered TODAY. I know nothing at all about them as this is not my deal. I don’t know their ages, where they come from, what they have been eating – the only facts I have is that they are black angus, due to calve on June 1st JUNE FIRST!!and due to arrive here between 10 and 11 am this morning. He is selling them for about 60 cents a pound (though I have no weights either).  I will meet their owner today when he delivers them and get the answers to all my questions.

I am assured though that these are old reliable cows who have calved multiple times before with no problems. I am told the owner keeps good records. And I want to encourage John to feel some ownership in the farm so I am really hoping that these additions will be trouble free.


I will move the new mothers onto the concrete pad next to the barn. They will have to calve up here where I can see them – last night was filled with the barking and yelping of screeching of coyotes. (Boo did all the shouting while Ton stood on the directors porch as usual).

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I will move Sheila out of the barn and down the back next to Poppy to make extra room for these big cows. She will be happy.


Once Sheila has gone and I have opened an interior gate to make one big double cow pen this will leave the other big middle pen for the piglets to use as a playground. The cows will be easy to accommodate – it is just a matter of opening and closing a few gates and putting down fresh straw, dragging another big water trough onto the concrete pad and we are ready.


My main concern is the June 1st delivery date when June 3rd I am leaving the country for a week. But these are older experienced cows and John has his friend to call on if he has any real troubles. His friend has already had eight of these old cows delivered to his place and they have all calved with no problem.  So let’s hope these two old girls are good girls.

I will know a LOT more by this afternoon and tell you all about it tomorrow.

Let’s hope it happens.

The hay is down. I asked my hay man to cut it a little high and only the two alfalfa fields so the drying times are the same.  Yesterday was sunny with a good Nor’east. Perfect drying weather if I get three days of it. So far so good.

I hope you have a lovely day.


WEATHER: A chance of showers has been forecast for Friday afternoon then more on Saturday. Things have just become very risky. But things are always risky. Once I have settled to that knowledge risky things are easier to manage intellectually.

Thursday 0% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy. High 84F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night 20% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies. Low 57F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.



  1. There’s great potential with Angus for Galician style going out to pasture, long holiday, retirement beef. I bet they are nice cows too!
    Sheila looks like she’s keen to get out.

  2. Goodness, what a surprise to spring on you! You seem very well prepared to accommodate these unexpected guests, though. And perhaps as they’re ‘his’ cows John will be keeping a careful eye on them? Fingers crossed either way for a happy outcome, both for the pregnant mums and the hay crop.

  3. I have to ask why cows that have been earmarked to be culled are bred? Hoping the weather holds. Laura

  4. Oh my! AirB&B guests without previous reservations but sure that they have their dates correct for an extended stay 😉 You are such an accomodating host.

  5. Poor old things. I imagine being moved in a trailer when you are on the verge of giving birth is not fun. Perhaps this small stress will make them calve earlier and you will have more time to see them comfortably situated.

    Also, my father , who was famous for sitting down and directing others to do things, would always say “Those who direct also contribute.” So from Dad’s perspective Ton is fully participating in ridding the farm of unwanted predators. 😉

  6. You never do things by halves…this time it was John so really its good….Risky business…but l think you thrive on a challenge…you must have nerves of steel. Its nice that John will get involved in the animal side of farming rather than just the arable. Life is a go on and make the jump… Ducklings are still enjoying themselves

    Love from BG and me

  7. Don’t they just love to throw a ringer into the mix at the very worst moment in time! So many things out of our control on a daily basis but somehow, things work out the way they should. Sounds like a platitude but hindsight will tell if it’s a risky move or a good one. Keeping my fingers crossed so nothing diminishes your joy on your trip.

  8. Especially as he walked in the door after work and said “your cows are coming between 10 and 11.” Then got mad at me for asking which cows? What day? 10 in the morning or at night? What… ? Sigh. Ah well. I will work it out when the man – John did not ask his name or where he is coming from or for his phone number? – when the man arrives I will get my answers.

  9. What a surprise! Hope it all goes well for your John. Looks like the weather has finally turned to spring so at least you won’t need to deal with the extreme cold. Best of luck. XOXO

  10. Have a blast! I’m married to a ‘John’ type – pulling information out of him is like pulling hen’s teeth! Ha! You reminded me of the old, very old song – “Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch”. Good luck with the new ladies!

      • “Not people cows though”. Well, in that case, here’s hoping they take their time calving, so you can get as much time as possible with their wee ones, and begin to change that right from the start…

  11. I lived on an Angus Farm in Quebec when I was a child. I have seen calves born but have no experience to offer. Good Luck. Hope all goes well. I have never seen a paw paw, can you eat them? We sang the song as children.

    • Ii have calved a few so I think that bit will be ok. Yes, you can eat pawpaw they are creamy and delicious – like a small mango. They make marvelous icecream – I hope to sell them if the harvest is successful.

  12. Love that you use the word “just”. As in “just a matter of”….. I hope that turns out to be the case.

  13. My spouse is good for those unexpected surprises that mean more work for me and something that was a passing thought for him. Fortunately, he’s not inclined to bring animals home (that’s my pervue and I’m picky) and we can’t have livestock here in our now long-term temporary quarters. I suspect I could talk the landlord into allowing chickens (it is legal here) but I don’t think this is a reasonable place for them, it’s all concrete and asphalt.
    I hope your new guests are not too much trouble.

  14. People are always surprised when I write about fly pollinated flowers. Most of us believe that all flowers smell good.

  15. I’m sure will be fine. I’m rather excited about your vacation!! Will be nice to have you in the same wedge of the world for a wee bit.

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