Shine then Rain

It was hot again yesterday, stinking hot, even the chickens declined the outside and stood about in front of their fan for the afternoon.  Though they still laid their two dozen eggs right on queue. The temperatures bleached the sky yesterday. The heat reached up into the high 90’s again, not unusual around here but …

Maybe just maybe –

– just maybe  Alex is pregnant. I think she is developing an udder. This will be her second calf. It is not unusual for a cow to fill her udder in the last few weeks.  (As  Lady Astor showed us recently).    In fact I am feeling 60% sure that she is pregnant. What do …

The thistle war

The war on thistles is being lost. There is one particular variety that is taking over the fields.  I run the cows through. Then mow the thistles  behind them. Again and again but it will not give up. I have tried all the organic remedies on small patches. It will not succumb.  It sends suckers …

Herbie came to visit

Do you remember the piglet that was having trouble in the cold early last winter.  He kept vomiting up his food? Almost died. I brought him inside then gave him to the pig rescue lady just before I began my travels. Do you remember that one? Well here he is a number of months later. …

A momentous decision

I have decided that this season is my last summer milking cows. It has taken me a lot of thinking but I have made up my mind. A number of reasons really – among them and the most important: my family keeps growing, they do not live close to me and I cannot travel for …

Chicken!!

The chickens went to the chicken abbatoir yesterday and  returned in their packaging and they are much bigger than I thought they would be. Must be all that milk. This one took over two hours to cook. Poppy is pretty big too. She is down the back with Sheila and doing fine. Her teats are …

The wide shot, work in progress

The North Chef’s Garden is coming along nicely. In fact I am feeling quite proud of what we have accomplished in there. Let’s hope the produce sells! Lots more to be done yet though. In the next few days we will plant 60 lavender plants, 60 thyme plants, 60 rosemary plants and 50 oregano plants. …

A quiet life

At last we are settling down into a summer farm rhythm. Start the waters, milk the cow, feed the animals, have second breakfast, weed and plant and pick. This is the morning. A simple morning. I am leaving the grass long down the back so the cows can lie down into it out of the …

Slip, Slop, Slap

Suntan Lotion for pigs.  Yes, it’s a thing! Pigs get sunburnt. Most especially on their ears, an area that is hard to cover in mud from their wallows. Summer is here so the suntan lotion goes wherever I go now. Better probably to stay inside where the sun cannot reach us. But the pigs and …

Asparagus Butter

Most of gardening is an amiable battle -we fight to get the plants growing, we fight to keep the weeds down, then we fight to get the plants  growing into the direction we want them growing in. Then we haul hoses and sprinklers from garden to garden keeping them alive. We feed them so they …