The hogs down the back are getting big.
Their field is large and still full of green. They sleep under their weed trees in the daytime.
Soon John will go away for his visit to his brother and for a few weeks I will be farming alone. I can’t tell you when for security reasons but it is going to be a hard out few weeks.
I have filled my oven with all the cast iron I own and this has made such a big difference to the baking, and the last few bakes the oven has stayed on which is a blessing I do not take for granted now. . I have also remembered rice flour for the banneton baskets. The wonderful thing about bread making is that I am always improving. And that every bake is different for no apparent reason. It is like taking photographs with film – you don’t know what you’ve got until you get into the darkroom. The loaves are always a surprise.
Oh – I keep forgetting to tell you. The duck is still sitting on her eggs! Hissing at me every time I pass. I think she has another week to go.
Mr Flowers has lost his whole tail now. Soon even those last few ordinary feathers will drop out. I have always thought those ones would make great quills.
The chicks are growing fast! They need no heat in the daytime. Soon I will bring them out to their first outdoor house.
Did I tell you I have brought the two black cows from the other side – the angus calves – back to the home fields. We will do repairs on the fences over on the West Side and let the grass grow for early winter grazing.
So now we have our winter herd. Del, Tia and her calf and the two young black angus. I hope I have enough hay for this small but hungry herd. They have blended beautifully. Del is being nice.
Saturday morning and what a relief. I need a wee break from the race to work in the morning. Though I totally love my job. I have never had a job I hated.
I hope you have a lovely day.
I have another Airbnb short change today – people leaving just before the next ones arrive but after this I have two long termers which will be restful! Two separate solo individuals who are working close by for a short time.
And now to work for me.