THE KILLING FROST

Real cold is coming. Well, cold for this time of year anyway. In a month it will not be considered cold at all. Tonight we go down to 27F that is -2C. A killing frost. Read More

WHEN PIGLET SLEEPS

Piglet is indefatigable and when he finally lays down to sleep at the end of the day Boo and I literally sigh with relief. He is worse than a toddler.

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PAUSE

The Farm has entered one of those longed- for pauses. There is rhythm. Nothing new on the horizon (too late for more ducklings – have to wait for spring). The plan for today day is ordinary: clean one corner of the shed, dole out pumpkins, prepare back pens for winter. Laundry, floors, feed Piglet more, less often. Order more feed, send out egg invoices, bake the bread, pay a few bills. Mow a little lawn, greet today’s guests, see a man about a pig. Usual stuff. The Matriarch’s dog is visiting and I have reached exactly my limit. Read More

THAT’S ALL

Just a few dog and piglet cuteness images this morning. You would think there are no other animals on the farm with all the attention these two are getting. Read More

LEARNING

One thing I have learnt about ducks is that they need water very close to their food. They take big gulps of food then turn and quickly wash their beaks in the water. Read More

SNOW IN OCTOBER

Weird. Very cold and most unsettling to have snow this early. Though I have heard tell of it snowing on a Halloween before. I had not even shaken the spiders out of my winter work coat yet. Read More

LEGAL

I am now legal to sell eggs to the restaurants in Chicago and yesterday the chickens laid almost three dozen eggs and the ducks laid sixteen eggs. They are taking a long time to get big though. Read More

THE EGG INSPECTOR

The egg inspector comes today. We are ready for him. Though little poo bum might stay in his bedroom for the visit. Read More

IN THEIR GAZE

Animals who get to sit about while the grown ups work, watching with great intention but little actual contribution.

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SNAKES AND LADDERS

You can breathe again. Piglet is back in the game. Read More

THE MUCK

More rain. More mud. More scooping of the poop. And sadly our little piglet is not doing so well. Read More

RAIN AND LOTS OF IT

Torrential rain out on the plain. At least it was not for long. But it poured. Read More