no more milk

Yes. The  milking cows have been milked for the last time and … – loaded up into the old trailer with its new tyre and driven over to the West Barn. We made a bit of a mess of the paths and pastures as the rain had come and the ground had thawed, and gone …

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 …

Dogs in the Milk

The flood waters. The creek that is really a ditch has so much water in it that it looks like a long skinny lake.  I wonder what our beaver does when he is flooded out like that.  The water is literally lapping under the bridge.  We had a huge amount of rain in that last …

Aunty Del is Pumping

Aunty Del is such a good house cow that I have decided to keep her as long as I am able. She seems to have hit her stride and now she is pumping along. She swans into the milking shed without hesitation, milks eating her greens or hay though she  still refuses to leave when she is …

Walking on my Legs

  After a full day of mowing and trimming and fencing – my legs took me up to the creek that is really a ditch to watch the sun go down. I call this walk checking the fences. Sometimes it is hard for me to just say I am walking because I love to walk …

Happy chick

Molly and Tahiti are hard to get a decent photo of  at the moment- they are so grateful to be back that they are at my heels the whole time I am in there with them. They are big girls now and I have a sneaking suspicion that Manu (the gentle Hereford Boar)  bred at least …

Aunty Anna

The new heifer, Aunty Anna, was allowed out into the field with the others for two hours yesterday to eat some fresh green grass  – then back into the barn with her new friends.  She has eaten a lot of grain in her short life so her belly will need to be slowly introduced to …

Once a week

Once a week we are looking at this patch of ground – top sown with my special pasture cocktail.  Watching the grass grow. I am excited. The pasture not so much. In case you cannot see the whole of the picture in your header, and after all who can see the whole picture in many …

How to dry Parsley

Brown bag it. The best way to dry parsley is to pick it when it is at its best,   put it into a brown paper bag, tape the bag closed and leave in the back of your fridge for a few months. When it is dry, place in a sealed jar and store in the pantry. It …

Rain

It rained almost all day yesterday. Lovely gentle warm rain. I came in from the evening chores soaked to the first layer and happy as a lark. The trees are blooming. Here are two of my favourites: Magnolia ‘Butterflies’  This is the most wonderful little tree. She  just bloomed yesterday, will not bloom for long, …