Always when I take a photo of a calf – Mum will stride across to check I have not touched him.
Tia is milking well so far too.
I gently herd baby into his milking corner and he hangs about until we are finished milking.
He will stay with his mother. She has plenty of milk for both of us.
These photos are untouched. The grass really is that colour. After all the rain and gloom the pastures look lime green.
I feel that Del has gotten a whisper better. She is walking just a little stronger and milking well except for that mastitic quarter- that will take a while to clear. So I will milk her three times a day until it gives. Maybe four times today.
I worked until 9pm last night – chores then getting the coop ready for today’s guests. My last guest left yesterday.
Jake has given me an old shop fridge because with the asparagus and the rhubarb and the chicken eggs and the duck eggs and soon the milk – my house fridge has no room for all this. Usually I drive everything over to Jakes cooler but with the Mill work and daily vegetable pick up, this is not convenient at all.
I will take a picture today. It sits on the verandah because it won’t fit anywhere else – it is huge with a big glass door and is PURPLE with lights along the top and s big drinks sign on the side. It really is quite hilarious. Plus it is noisy! We will see what it does to the electric bill but it will be useful and is the beginning of a good idea.
Here is the mill address for you. Once everything dries out we will be planting seeds for this summer’s flours and polentas- even buckwheat for the gluten free. Isn’t that a fantastic thought. Harold and I plan for my cows to be able to graze the winter cover crops. Do you see in the image of Del above how the flood waters are not nearly as bad in the pasture. It is wet for sure but will drain faster and recover with a bit of dignity.
The uncovered earth is just a bog now.
Cows help out the land a lot when they are freely roaming in big fields.
I have a new friend who is developing a new popcorn seed – it is red. I don’t know enough to tell you more but this year we will sow it and if all goes well – sell that as well. Once I start bagging it in the mill I will know lots more about it!
I like my popcorn popped in a pot with a lid and eaten with melted butter and salt.
Right – time to get on and milk my cows. It is cold again this morning but will warm up I think.
If you do get around to ordering from Janie’s Mill – let me know you are one of The Fellowship. – just write (F) after your name in the address line – that can be our secret sign. If there is room in your box I will try to fit a sample in there for you of something new to try.
If you would like to try a flour and put the recipe on your blog let me know. You can help me get the word out. I have a big vet bill to pay and the more orders I get the more hours I get paid to fill them! Not to mention the health benefits of pure, locally grown, organic, stone milled flours.