Working at the Mill in the mornings is like a wee holiday. I have clipboards – I make my plan for the day and then I do it. I stack all the filled bags of freshly stone-ground flour in my Pantry. I make up boxes and fill them with bags of delicious ingredients then post them to people who care about good food. I work on making sure more people know about our locally grown grain turned into freshly milled flours. Then someone pays me money. And no one bites me or snows on my head.
But still I work as fast as I can so I can get back to the farm!
Yesterday afternoon I was using the tractor to scrape the concrete pad clean. My two big cows must surely be getting closer to calving and I want their concrete pad clean.
My view from the seat of the tractor,
Look at all that lovely compost. In a year it will be perfect. And in the meantime the compost pile is a mountain. Instead of hauling it through the fields like I have done in previous years, which is really destructive of my pasture, I have asked Our John to put a big long gate in the old ruined fence running alongside the concrete pad. Once that is done I can get the manure straight out the side. He needs to modify a gate first but once that is in we can remove the mountain of winter manure very easily. The calves love compost mountains – they can always find somewhere sheltered to sleep and it is always warm!
All these plans have been waiting until he retires. Now he is busier than ever.
After cleaning the yards I weeded four asparagus bays. If we can stay on top of the weeds we will have a good season in the asparagus. Only a few spears breaking free so far but it was snowing only a few days ago! So I should not expect too much yet. With any luck at all we should be harvesting within a few weeks.
So warm yesterday though. And today will be even better.
Molly is feeling so much healthier now. She always takes a while to recover from birthing all those babies. I know she is feeling better because she is meets me at her gate at mealtimes. ( She has kefir in her feed twice a day. Molly and I are both eating lots of probiotics). She no longer makes messes in her sleeping room and is wandering further afield. Her piglets are up and about, lying in the sun and playing in puddles like good babies.
Today will be a good day for pigs. Some sun, some clouds and the wind coming out of the South.
This afternoon after work I will finish my asparagus weeding rotation ( half an hour a day) then I will start in on the Kitchen’s Garden. The weed eater is all charged up and ready to go for trimming after that.
There is lots of rain in the forecast so every fine day needs to be a gardening day.
But first it is 6am, I have bread on its second rise and the Airbnb needs setting up. No rest for the wicked!