Crackling along

Because Wai The Armadillo Pig is not allowed outside in the sunshine during the day, I have opened up the barn corridors so he can roam about in there. Generally he does not want to go anywhere and I have to get out a big board and herd him out for a walk. Exercise is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tane, the miracle boar

You will remember that for almost a year now Tane has not been able to walk very well. During last winter he slowed down so badly, that I was asked on a number of occasions whether it would not be kinder to put him down.  He could not use his back legs at all.  He …

Eight and Nine

Catching up. Poppy’s nine are weaned. The fat little savages. The little piglet with the ripped hoof has become un-findable – she is running just as fast as all the rest and doing fine so I have stopped worrying about her. They are all eating well chomping on their greens and slurping madly at their …

Pig as Goat

The tower of hay (which Lady is enjoying eating at her milking time along with her grain treats) has been taken over by a bunch of pigs who think they are goats. My images do not do this justice but here you can see mountain-goat-pig at the top of the pile. He is quite high …

D Minor

Only that Lady Astor and  the cats and I were listening to Handel when I was waiting for her to get over herself and come in for the milking yesterday evening. TonTon was there but he was not listening. He is a reggae fella  – not so much into classical. Lady Astor always waits to the absolute …

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 …