SNOW ON ICE ON MUD

Lovely. And the day just kept getting colder.

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CALLING IT A NIGHT

… in the middle of the afternoon. Yesterday darkness fell about 3.30pm. A storm was rolling in. All the animals took note and began to take their places in their barns. ‘Calling it a night.’ Early. Read More

FEEDBACK

Manu slept the night in his little tin house. He had two bales of dry golden straw in there and has made himself a big warm bed. Read More

RESTLESS

A familiar and unsettling restlessness is creating a sinking feeling in me. I don’t even know where to take this sentence. So I will just leave it there. Read More

AT THE KITCHEN DOOR

When I am doing chores Jude comes out of his house and follows us about the farm. He is the sweetest little pig and is my constant companion. Read More

HOG FIGHTS

I have shifted Molly out of the back field. Poppy just would not let Molly settle in the field down the back. Molly often had scratch marks and bloody noses from getting into battles with Poppy. These are two big sows so when Poppy goes for Molly it is terrifying. Read More

BATTERY DEPENDENT

A woman was bringing her son out to visit the animals the other day and I said to her just txt when you are close by and I will meet you in the barn.

“I don’t txt.” she said.

I was suddenly at a loss for words which does not happen often.

“Ever?” I managed.

“Never,” she said. “I am a non-texter”.

I gave her clear directions.

I am going to try again to get off the property today for a few hours of lunch and lazy Christmas shopping. After delivering the eggs. The ducks gave me 21 eggs yesterday – so I will make my quota. No more escapes.

I like txting. They are nice short letters read at ones leisure. I even leave sound messages via txt sometimes- even faster and no pressure.

This is a classic Jude photo.

At last the weather is straightening out for a few days. I am deeply sick of mud now. And we are swimming in it.

Have a great day.

Celi

OUTSMARTED BY THE DUCKS

Yesterday when I went out to start my chores I was greeted by a string of giggling ducks wandering down the drive. Not good. They should have been in the barn laying. It was not yet light. And all their nests were empty. Not even one egg. The ducks had escaped before laying their eggs. Read More

SATURDAY

Morning. Dark. Wintry Mix. I hate the wintry mix because it often results in Ice. And I hate ICE. Read More

IN A MILLION YEARS

For the first time in a million years ( it feels like) I am off out for lunch with a friend! Read More

MINUS NINE

Yes 15F is -9C. In other words – a wee bit chilly. Luckily my animals are a tough bunch. I look forward to carrying many buckets of warm water today! Read More

MORE SNOW

There is about an inch on the ground and it is blowing a cold Northerly. Winter is already making its presence felt. Read More