Cow and Calf – Images

Lady Astor and her calf. Bobby Blue is sitting against his mother – out of the wind. It was cold again yesterday.  (And cold again last night just for the record. Overnight of 46F and almost June. Lady Astor does not care – she is huge and does not feel the cold like us mere …

The Lady Sits

We were working so fast on the Hay Day that I made a temporary tower of hay in the piglets front room.  They have made the area into a race track and snack area. They run madly round and round the tower then throw themselves down for a quick munch of the fresh hay then …

Cows – and a pig

I love these images of our cows and a pig. Poppy and one of her babies.  The wind is still  blowing and we are all caked in dust – though I am sure this is absolutely nothing compared to the dust bowl,  it feels like a mini one. Lady Astor The blowing dust reminds me of …

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THREE HUNDRED BALES. Baled, Stacked and under cover. Alex my woofer worked beside me step for step and in tandem we threw bales. We just kept on going. Miranda my other worker tried very hard to carry bales of hay but could not lift them so she very kindly went to the kitchen to make …

Wicked

Must have been very wicked in a past life. Because there is no rest for the wicked and that cow bellowed half the night. I have no idea why.  Her calf was with her. But still she mooed. Disturbing everyone’s rest. Though she is fine today and milked very well. Forty pounds of milk which …

Fencing (and not the fun kind)

Today we are going to begin fencing in one of the wet hay fields so I can put the cows out there.  The ground out there is seldom totally dry. We have a few days of seriously hard labour ahead of us.  Fencing then hay. I don’t mind – I need to build up some …

Short and Sweet.

Short and sweet this morning. John is off to work and my workers are having their days off so I am on my own. I don’t mind. Baby Bobby has a rotton mother. She had already taken herself up to the barn to settle in for the night last night and this little ragamuffin was …

Frogs in Puddles

After all the rain the fields are heaving with frogs and toads. It was Ellie’s last day and before she left she stalked animals and amphibians with her camera. Boo was being helpful. This is the look Lady gives me after milking – she walks out of the milking room and turns then waits at …

Diffusion

Yesterday – right out of nowhere – the day relaxed.  The air warmed up. The wind dropped. The grass seemed longer as the cows rested. The piglets dozed in their rubbish bin.  Lady Astor took her baby into the field, stowing him in a grassy corner while she grazed.  Baby Bobby fed on and off …

Milk Fever – Bad

Lady Astor went down like ton of bricks yesterday. She walked out of the barn, leaving her baby behind, she walked into the big open field, she staggered a few times – her legs dragging then she collapsed. Her huge body gave up. Down she went. As I ran to her she tried to get up …