Two lost heifers and a steer

Today we will finish chores quick-quick  and then drive up to the airport to collect the fourth member of our mid-summer team. Michael – he is Scottish. And will be staying a month. That should be fun.  So today I will leave you with these photos and get busy on the farm.  These three took …

How to make Iced Tea

Iced tea is (to my mind anyway) quintessentially American.  So having a New Zealander tell you how she makes her iced tea is like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs, though my grandmother NEVER sucked eggs. Anyway making cold tea from hot water has always left a bitterness in the tea that I do not …

Guest writer: Rosy

Hi There, I’m Rosy, C’s farm helper for the week! Today is my last day here so I wanted to say a quick hello before I left. I’ve heard so much about you! I love the supportive community you have all built here. I’d like to share some of my favorite moments on the farm …

We fed..

… the chickens on the tin house while Alex continued to dig out the winter accumulations from the chook house. I forgot Sheila was out and about. And how tall she is. She and Mr Flowers helped them clean up. Above is one of the tables of vegetable plants. We have another table full and …

Last Light

Yesterday I was in a hurry so I shot all these images using my Iphone.   But my constant companion – Phone – hates my laptop. No reason. Just fact. And if I say it often then enough surely it will become a fact? These pictures took 24 hours to appear in my email and …

Slow Learner

That Cat is a slow learner though he was safe in yesterdays cold. The ice was thick. No quick dip for him.  Sheila has got her eye on me. These cats have their eye on something. We had a morning of sunshine! And there was colour in the sunset to. Today sounds windy. It is already …

The crooked-ness

My posts are crooked, the barn is leaning, the feeders are sinking and the BooBoo limps. The hay bales list, the fields are poggy and not one fence follows a straight line.   The posts are on a lean, the gates drag and the chickens perch on ramshackle lengths of pole. All this I can take but if …

A Flying Focus

Thank you for visiting today. Sunday is always a very quiet day in my blog world. What is your best day? I always get the most readers on Monday morning at 7am my time. Most readers are from the United States. Below is Pania in flight. The flying focus. Somehow being OUT of focus makes …

Touching

BooBoo and Marmalade were both so determined to sleep right in front of the fire yesterday that they even agreed to share the mat, which meant touching. Even though Boo Nanny was Marmalade’s surrogate father in her very early days (here is there picture from that time just so we can sigh over it again) …

oops, I forgot

Remember how I told you it got really cold the night before last but that was OK as i was all preparde for the cold? Well, I completely forgot that the milking pump and the pulsator hate cold and I left them out in the milking room, the pump sitting on its stand and the …