Any News?

This is what Our John asks of me every evening when he arrives home from work. “Any news?” Our John leaves at 5am and does not get home much before 7pm so there is potential for news. The days are very long.  I remember my brother in law asking me something similar when we were all very young “Anything exciting happen?.” I remember distinctly my deep disappointment at having nothing exciting happen in my life worthy of report.

But now that I have a farm there is news and happenings all the time.  Read More

IN TRANSITION

Not me.  I am not in transition. Though I guess we all are to an extent. No, I am talking about Grain.  There is a whole grade of feed for animals that I knew nothing about until the market demanded a non GMO product from me.  Then I found Transitional.  Read More

SQUARE POTS

I am sitting at my desk, in my nightie (which is the remains of an old summer dress) listening to that early morning shuffling squawk and bobbing dawn chorus babble of the chickens and roosters. The crickets  are finishing up for the night but no whispering birds.  The night birds have gone silent and the day birds are still sleeping. There is no sun. There is no moon.  The moon is so new that we cannot see it.  The world is all absence of light.  Read More

PERFECTION

There isn’t any. So, give yourself a break!

One day, oh ages ago, I was at the optometrists (a very expensive exercise – being able to see clearly needs saving for) and she offered me a particular kind of contact lens that allows me to see far AND close up – (my eyes getting older and all)…

 

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GRACE

Aunty Anna and her baby Inky are having a few days grace. Aunty Anna continues to be very nervous so it is best to leave her quite alone for a few days.  And every time I come near, the baby rushed for the fence looking for a way through so she can go and hide in the corn again. So their barn door is open, they are free to come and go into the field but I  am not stalking them with a camera

Moon comes and goes.cats-in-barn-006

The white rock chickens are reaching critical mass in their mobile home. Soon I will need to focus carefully on them and pull out all the hens leaving behind the larger faster growing roosters. The little hens will go to the Tin House chicken tractor that is not mobile, change over to a lighter layers feed and grow a little more before going in with the big chickens in the chook house.

The roosters will continue going through the field in the chicken tractor and end up n the freezer by late fall. cats-in-barn-041cats-in-barn-038

They are a good looking bunch of chickens,  very active and healthy – I will be interested to see how long it takes me to grow the roosters into  roasters. Quite a while I think.  Some of the roosters are easy to pick because of their aggressive attitude but the hens are harder to be sure of.  It is a fun puzzle.

I have renewed my inspections of Alex but she continues to look like she is carrying triplets or eating way too much and her udder is just the same (no growth) .  Yet I find it hard to believe that Carlos would get Aunty Anna pregnant and not Alex. He had been with her since a month or so after Txiki was born.  Almost eighteen months ago. Ah well. We will give her a bit longer.  cats-in-barn-043

She is certainly too fat to breed now.

Wai is still healing and has three open wounds that he rubs back open every day so I am still drying and applying cream two or three times a day. They are shrinking but slower now as we totter towards the finish line. Many of the other wounds have healed down to slivers of scar. The fastest to heal are the ones he cannot scratch of course.  And he smells like a regular pig now.

I am still working on keeping him warm at night. (Though our weather has warmed up again it will not last much longer). If I make a  mound of his straw and top it with a blanket Wai has found a way to wriggle right under his night blanket but this only works once. In the morning he is on top of the blanket. I am considering finding one of those insulated dog kennel igloos for the winter if I can find a second hand really big one and train him to go in and out.   (Maybe not I just saw the price and pigs don’t curl up like dogs he will need something long).  He is not an inside pig at all. Shys away from ramps. But the fat has gone from his back due to his injuries, he is a puzzle of scars, he is not round,  kind  of dented all over and he will be cold.

I wil find an answer though.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Love celi

WEATHER

Monday 09/18 20% / 0 inPartly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 80F. Winds light and variable.

Monday Night 09/18 80% / 0.15 inThunderstorms likely, especially in the evening. Low 62F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.

Sun

                                                                   6:36 am 6:56 pm

Moon

Waning Crescent, 2% visible 4:43 am 6:22 pm

INKY

Yesterday surged past with mowing and weed-eating and shifting the cow and calf and throwing up the last one hundred and thirty bales of hay and chores. Then more chores and more mowing and more milking.  Read More

HIDDEN SURPRISE

You will not believe what I found in the trees yesterday. Or maybe you will … Read More

HOW TO LEARN NEW STUFF

As citizens of a fast moving world of commerce and technology and lifestyle and dubious news we must set upon ourselves the task of Keeping UP.  (Or Not: which is another good choice).  But the world is changed and changing. Very fast.  I want to keep up, but often I am frustrated that I don’t know how to learn all this new stuff and I needed to find someone who knows more than me. So I went on a search.

The someone I found is a young woman named Samantha. Read More

EVENING WALK

Some days everythng goes so fast I barely get the dishes done. Yesterday I had a day like that and only got the camera out right at the end of the day.   Read More

CATS & MILK

The colours in our landscape are changing again. There is a goldy undertone creeping into the shots.  ​

I am not looking forward to this winter. I have a feeling it will be a hard one, we have had a few mild winters in a row and now a very mild summer – it is hard to predict of course. However I am buying in one more load of hay. The hay man discounted it for me – he knows I am still short after losing a cut.

Molly above takes no notice of the dogs at all. 

I am going to wash down the white walls of the pig house soon  and see if I can get more Pig Art before the cold comes and the wallows are left to dry.

(Yes it is in Zazzle but we will not discuss fun Zazzle until Shopping Sunday).

These pigs are so hard to photograph – 

They rush to my feet leaving Ton guarding the hose all alone.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

PS – Cats and milk way below. This computer is doing weird stuff to me this morning. The milk is cleared up again though and Lady is doing well.

WEATHER:

Tuesday 09/12 0% / 0 inA mix of clouds and sun. High 78F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night 09/12 40% / 0.06 inRain showers this evening with overcast skies overnight. Low 57F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

                                               Sun                                                     
 6:30 am 7:06 pm
Moon
Waning Gibbous, 59% visible11:33 pm 1:18 pm