Category: Vines and Wine

Summer like cotton sheets

Yesterday I was feeding the chickens and suddenly looked up as I felt a Lull descend like a floating white cotton sheet upon the Farmy. A summer lull.  Long before the times of fitted sheets, (which I hate by the way – they are…

Babies in The Barn

The little calves are here and they are a lively group. Mostly. A few are quieter but all are drinking well.  I fed them their electrolyte when they arrived last night then later milk with electrolyte mixed in. I have a little bull calf…

train delays

Tomoyo missed her first train last night and the second one was horribly delayed.   This happens often with the railway system here. So we did not get home until way too late and now I have over slept and  poor you have a shortened version of yesterday….

Half in and Half out

Much of life is half in and half out. Don’t you think? We juggle all the balls that comprise our lives. Trotting to and fro colouring in each step, turning the page. Half finishing some stuff then starting other stuff too early. Half of…

The disaster zone

Yesterday I called the farm a disaster zone (after 2 and a 1/2 MORE inches of rain) and the animals must  be evacuated to higher ground. Except the pigs who are as happy as .. well.. Pigs.   Thoroughly disillusioned we moved the two Bobbys (steers)…

Poor Piglets

Yesterday the boar piglets were castrated. So they did not have a good day. However Poppy was very well behaved and waited patiently outside in the rain until it was over.  There are two gilts(girls) (Jake will have one and I will keep the other) and…

Frustrating

Now that the meat chickens are in the freezer there is a field free and the cows have been re-organized . And all last night they noisily protested. But they will settle down after a day or two. Queenies Bobby and Aunty Del go…

5 piglets +1 boar +3 carlottas

= A perfectly busy day. Poppy woke up mid morning (yesterday) rolled over and discovered that there were five little piglets in her room. She stood up and looked at them milling about her feet making half hearted jumps at her teats, then she…

Two perfect babies + three perfect babies

I am too tired to say much. I checked Poppy every couple of hours during the night. She was definitely not her self in the night and in some pain. Panting. But no pushing.  No babies. She did pass a small  bloody  bag about midnight…

The Cadet and I

Yesterday we had an old fashioned day and the Cadet and I toddled about the farm doing our work. Just the two of us. We picked apples for the dehydrator and pies, and apples off the ground for the pigs. We found a butterfly –…