Back on the farm and everyone is safe and sound. 

I had the hay cut by the hay man on Thursday which naturally meant it rained all day yesterday but never mind. It is interesting what does not bother me at the moment.

We all had a good fright in my family and this puts much in perspective. But all is well now and on the mend so we can focus back on the farm once again.


Molly’s piglets are very little but look good. They did not get their iron shots within those first four days so I am watching them carefully. But they seem vigorous enough. I put in more soil and sweet iron and they have all been nibbling at it.

There are indeed eight!



Today I have a few friends come down from Chicago to give me a hand getting everything back in order. There was rain while I was away too and the garden has disappeared into weeds but I think we can recover it. We will pick the monster zucchini and ripe tomatoes and cook and clean and make sense of it all.

Last night I locked both the chickens and the ducks into their respective houses. They have all been loose while I have been gone and the chickens were laying all over the place. The pullets have started laying but nothing from the ducks yet.

It is cool and overcast and wet but the rain is probably finished for now. So the hay will start to dry and the heat will return they say. I don’t care. None of this bothers me now. Things have been brought sharply into perspective.

I can hear the ducks calling.

I hope you have a great day.

Love celi

WEATHER: OH! Still a possibility of rain before the heat. Ah well. The hay will dry eventually.

Saturday 08/25 50% / 0.07 in
Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 86F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Saturday Night 08/25 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low around 70F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

6:12 AM 7:36 PM


Waxing Gibbous, 99% visible 7:28 PM 5:13 AM




36 Comments on “BACK ON THE FARM

    • Poor old Wai – he is so misshapen from his injuries a year ago. He is on ONE baking cup of grain a day- and free range field- I really don’t think I can feed him less and I am not locking him off the field. Not after all that. And as the vet said it is easy for them to put fat on but pretty hard to take back off.

  1. Glad you are home and that things are looking up with the family. When my son (now almost 17 and robustly healthy) was two years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Sometimes a scare like that (awareness of mortality, and the process of healing) puts things firmly in perspective. Thinking of you and praying for your family.
    Cheers, Elizabeth

  2. I love that sentence “we will make sense of it all”…I don’t have a farm, just this little piece of place in France and only during the summer…but I often realize that the tasks of any given day are driven by making sense of things. Small efficiencies that make a huge difference. Using the old bread that has accumulated (so many delicious ways to do that), preserving or cooking whatever’s at hand so it doesn’t go to waste, doing chores in that daisy chain of order that will make everything happen smoothly…I wish you godspeed and happiness in this sense-making tasks. x

  3. Excellent news – it’s good to have you back!
    Those ducks look like they’ve grown and the piglets are adorable – Molly’s looking attentive, bless her.

  4. Welcome back- I’ll bet that your children were so glad you were there…’s always better when Mom is around!
    Take care and enjoy your time with helpful friends!

  5. So good to have you back and what a relief to know that things are settling back down gently. Take good care of yourself my friend xx

  6. I don’t know what you do with your monster zucchini, but if you need a suggestion…I grate mine and then freeze it in 1 cup portions. Then all winter I can easily pull out a bag or two and make zucchini bread (my favorite) or throw it in soups, sauces, etc. So simple (and healthy) and a great way not to waste those zucchinis that get away from you!

  7. It is good to hear things are heading back to a more normal state. Sometimes those shocks provided by children (young or grown) can be difficult and having said children at any distance just seems to make it more so. Molly is such a good mother and the piglets are adorable. The ducks look very handsome and I hope they start laying for you soon. I remember gathering eggs at my uncle’s hatchery and the strange places the hens would leave them around the chicken yard. Have a lovely afternoon and evening.

  8. Welcome home, Cecilia. So glad you are back in one piece. It would be so easy to be p.o.’ed at what hasn’t been done but your perspective is so inspiring. The glass is always half full for you. A lovely way to be. Does it come naturally or did you have to work at it?
    The piglets are adorable and so are the ducks–and Wei–always an inspiration. Tomorrow I have to see Boo and Ton to make my life complete.

  9. The Farmy – and we – have muddle along without you, but it’s good to see you’re back and getting things into order again. We can all survive in a mess, but life is easier with things in their proper place and happening at their proper times. Hay, piglets, eggs and vegetables: all important, but not as important as family. Welcome back.

    • Kate’s words are wise & true. There’s so much for anyone to keep in hand as beautifully as you would, I’m just happy & relieved everything is ok & not gone to rack & ruin when your attention was needed more elsewhere. I’m glad Boo & Ton & John & Jake & Molly & babies are all fine too & I know they are overjoyed by your return. As are all of us here all are too.

  10. Iron shots for piglets? I learn so much reading your blogs. I enjoy your entries yet what I like very is learning little things like this.

  11. Thrilled to see you back, and with good reports. Perspective is quite a gift — a thought that many are reflecting on here as we mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. Family, community, personal friendships and relationships: they all order themselves differently in the face of real challenges.

  12. What a bonus to return to 8 healthy piglets. Mollie is a great mother and so are you! I’m so glad the crisis has been weathered, and I hope you can rein in the wandering chooks.

  13. I’m glad things turned out ok … I’m guessing and that there were no major issues on the farm on your return. The ducks look so ‘grown up’ and the piglets are cute as a button. Welcome home.

  14. Hello, Ceci! Oddly enough, your being away and not sending photos of the farmy gave the rest of us a chance to share in your delight of seeing how much the ducks have grown, how beautiful the little piggies are, and feel the deep, satisfying breath of ‘Home Again’ comfort. Even though there is a lot to do, a change in perspective is a spurt of growth! Enjoy!! Welcome home, and may I say this – we ALL missed you greatly, worried with you about your family, and ran through airline and train terminals with you, in our hearts.

  15. Duck calls are so happy, yet matter-of-fact. Feed me feed me feed me, and hello hello hello!! It’s a wonderful welcome home to hear all of that quacking. Here’s to good weather and great friends to help you whoop things back into order!

  16. I am pleased that the problems got sorted..very pleased.

    There is no doubt in my mind that every venture needs the guidance of a good woman.Men try their best but it doesnt quite reach the mark. But then without their help things would have been chaotic…

    It is good to have you back again…and bringing those from the windy city with you will soon sort out weeds and feeds

  17. Glad things are more settled with your family, I am so happy to be back on the farm sharing the animals lives through your eyes. Laura

  18. Welcome back… so good to know you will be back to normal… what a horrible situation to go through….

  19. Hi and welcome back. I am glad all is turning out OK. Glad you were able to go and be present with your family in person. I’m also happy to catch up on the farm news. We all missed you and were anxious for the well-being of your NZ family.

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