While I am milking Tane sticks his furry nose under the door and talks to me. Like an animated head suspended from a string. Milk. Milk. Milk. He chants.
I carry his milk through the gate and past him as he makes the difficult turn. Then once free of the door he shoots out of the barn after me and his bucket. Rushing like a trotting horse. If he forgets to direct his legs they work wonkily fine.
All the pigs are drinking a lot of milk. Aunty Del gives about thirty-five pounds of milk twice a day. Plenty to go around. ( A gallon of milk weighs 8lbs – a gallon is 3.8 liters).
Last night I caught all the Australorps and put them into the chook shed. It is not enlarged yet – two of my helpers are coming down in a couple of weeks to build the improvements but with the endless rain it is time for them to move to bigger dryer quarters. And every afternoon they happily run around the yard with the big chickens so they will be fine in there. The little Easter Eggers can have the tin hut for a while.
This (above) is not a crop. This is the green algae bloom of weeds in the field, seen through my garden. The fields have taken back control. And still it rains. Yesterday was fine though. More heavy rain in the forecast for this afternoon. Then maybe a few more dry days.
We are being taught a lesson.
Slowly, slowly the weather will settle. Not today though. And getting very late for the GM farmers and their maize.
We still hope to plant ruby red popcorn in one of Harold’s fields. John popped some yesterday afternoon. It is VERY GOOD! Really white and bright with a perfect crunch. I look forward to this crop! Stop raining!!