The Australorps are in the big brooder with random branches, learning to roost. They are still very sweet birds.

The electric fences are up so Tia and Aunty can go to graze in the Dairy Mistress field. Though the paused for a long time in Daisy’s paddock hoping could stay. But there there is no standing hay in Daisy’s Paddock. It was grazed way too low last autumn. This is why I am keeping them off it for a while. I had too much stock last summer.

We had a wild squall yesterday afternoon – it poured so hard and the wind was so strong we could not see out the windows.

The ground is not absorbing water yet -everything is very wet after our sopping winter.

The Quack Den looks perfectly at home in the landscape of the farmy.

I did get in the do a quick clean in Molly’s suite. It smells much better in the barn now.

Today I will send John to town with the trailer to buy a load of pig panels, a lot of T posts and two little gates. I hope to make a new pen around the old stock trailer. Plus a newly designed mobile pig pen in the thistle patches in Pat’s Paddock. The pigs can start grubbing them out. Intensively.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

NERVE

Yesterday cleared into a beautiful calm sunny day. And we got everything done from that days list. The asparagus is all mulched, the duck house has two new windows covered in strong screen, I collected all the feeds and we stowed them in the shed out of the coming rain. Read More

BACK TO BUSINESS

We need some kind of update I think after that break in transmission due the breakdown in communication with Molly the sow which sent me into a bit of a spin. So here goes. Read More

AN ALTERCATION

Yesterday Molly took offense to me cleaning her floor. I have done this every day for all her confinement’s but it is never good to be complacent around a newly farrowed sow. I ended up with stitches from a pretty bad bite to the left hand. Read More

MOLLY’S EIGHT

Molly had eight live babies yesterday evening and into the night. It was not a warm night, and I found it hard to keep them warmed up so it was a long night. Read More

OH THE MUD

Still no sign of babies from Molly. Nine eggs from the ducks. Over twenty four eggs daily from the chickens. The weather is, at last, warming up a little. And oh the mud. Read More

APRIL FIRST

At last!! Time moves slowly in an Illinois March and this March was extra slow. Read More

JUDE AND TIMA

Jude was collected yesterday. I decided to send Tima with him to his new home so he will have company until they get another pig or maybe even a couple of goats. Tima is if course only on loan but both pigs walked onto their trailer and waved goodbye without a backward glance. Read More

CHICKS!!!

So, the chicks have arrived but not the ducklings. Both were due Friday so hopefully the ducklings come today. The chicks are Black Australorps. Read More

MUCH BETTER

Molly spent the whole day laying about . The mill where I am working is close by so at lunchtime I ducked home and gave her a big dose of Tums. Thank you so much for that offer Heather! It worked! I am sitting in the truck delivering these two big black cows so my writing will be shaky. Read More