In the last 24 hours we have had hours of heavy rain accompanied by the roar of black thunder so loud and continuous that it became a white noise. Read More


Even Sheila gets to have a bad photo day. Read More


Early in the morning I drive to work. Now that my co- worker is back on board I can be at my paid work by 7am. Though I am aiming for earlier – I do my best work in the morning.

Here is the road I drive to work on in the morning. So long and straight. I drink my coffee and let my mind drift away from mud and trouble and prickly relationships. I feel enormous relief when all the animals are fed and I am on the road.

I love working. Certainly at The Mill but all my life I have been lucky or picky or maybe easy-going enough to always have work I enjoy.

I am going to give the chickens an extra week. They are much slower growing than previously – I have created their diet myself this time: milk, corn from the mill, bread and sprouts. The grass is not as good as usual either – I did not get them as far as the hay field. I was going to send the men out to do one more cut but at this time of year it will need longer to dry and I cannot find a break in the rain.

If we get stuck I can always fence it and put the cows out there. I will only have five cows this winter but they still eat a lot. A ton a winter really.

If this went out last night by mistake I do apologize. I actually have no idea how that happened. But now you have seen the unfinished and then the finished product the only difference being words – more of them – you are the first people I talk to in the morning you know.

And now I must get to work. There is bread to be baked then the pigs then off into the world! My little world.



It is raining again.

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The meat chickens are growing fast on their free diet of fresh milk from the cow mixed with expired cracked rye and cornmeal from the mill and good greens. Read More


Yesterday my friend and I picked old sweetcorn from a friends field. Read More

Well I was woken on my sleep in morning to pouring rain and thunder and lightening the inability to sleep past 5am. I opened the thunder door ( the the basement ) for the terrified dogs and went back to bed. Read More


It has been days since I popped into the lounge. I am a co-worker down and full time farming and full time milling is making my brain melt. Read More


Last night as I was working on the dark getting the last of the night chores finished I walked past Tane – he swung his big head up and round opening up a perfect long gash in my jeans.

See his tusks? They are sharp and filthy. There is a bit of blood but not too much. Poor old Tane did not mean it. No stitches needed – not that I would go near the doctor again here – the one stitch and antibiotics after that bite from Molly cost $480. Denied by insurance.

This little fellow was in my bedroom last night.

The restaurant where I collect the scraps – I was a little late getting there last night.

It is raining again this morning. Now, we are due to till the cover crop in and plant the organic wheat. The cover crop looks great.

I am weary. I have another fast change this morning in the Airbnb then the next guest stays for three weeks. That will make a nice change.

Have a great day.


Weather: High of 66f. Low tonight of 56f. Rain on and off all day.


In this picture Sheila is saying: come on a take that picture already – I want my bucket of vegetables! Read More