Poppy Comes Home

I THINK. (Emphasis on the Think) – that Poppy is indeed pregnant.  Her first due date was actually yesterday but her udder might be changing and I think I felt a piglet kick from within her belly. So I took advantage of having my lovely Student Farmers still here and John having the day off …

I Know, I Know

There is something of an Autumnal air to the colours in the images I am collecting now but only in the surrounding crops. The farm and I are holding on Tooth and Nail to summer. I dread the winters here. Winter will come I know – but I prefer not to think about it yet. …

Midnight milking

On my way down to once a day milking I milk every 18 hours for one cycle. This changes the cows from twice a day to once a day without trauma. But within that cycle is one midnight milking. It is actually a rather nice milking period once I have woken the cows up and brought …

Bread and Pasta

This is why my clothes are getting tight!  Zacks Friends Bread Recipe 1000 grams flour, 720 grams water (at 90F ) 21 grams salt, 4 grams yeast. Autolyse the dough. (Add the water and the flour and let sit for half an hour.) Sprinkle on salt and yeast and fold or pinch together. In a large bowl fold dough …

Shopping as Therapy? Nope.

I know that when many women go shopping they will look at shoes (and yes I do need a new pair of warm gumboots for the winter), or new underwear (reaching for a rag in the milking room yesterday there was a pair of my knickers on top of the pile – they are getting …

Finding my way back

Many things have been happening to people around me in the lately, so much sadness and injustice and tragedy, and though the farm and I are fine – many of the best people in my life are struggling and sad. This left me with no words for the last few days. So I am finding …

Out on the grass

I always feel better when the animals can get right out on the grass – into the air and the dirt. The babies of the farm especially need to be able to lie in the grass on a warm day. Yesterday we extended the cattle fence – lower of course – so that we could …

Room in there for me?

I asked Sheila. Is there room in there for me. She said, yes but would not move over so I had to climb over her big body and scrunch myself into a corner of her house. It was warm and calm in there and Sheila smelled nice so I stayed a while. Every now and …

Toys for Piglets

All the piglets seem to have recovered from their scouring fright and are back to playing with their toys and loafing about in their garden. We still pick them lots of good weeds and grass to eat until their electric fence is finished and they can go out onto the grass. The bowling ball is one …