Fencing (and not the fun kind)

Today we are going to begin fencing in one of the wet hay fields so I can put the cows out there.  The ground out there is seldom totally dry. We have a few days of seriously hard labour ahead of us.  Fencing then hay. I don’t mind – I need to build up some …

NINE PIGLETS AND A BULL CALF

All born yesterday. Poppy’s labour lasted all night and was not without its problems but she has nine lovely live and very active piglets and they are feeding almost non stop. The piglets are still on lock down so the only image of them I have is from the monitor. But here is Lady Astor with …

Over-exposed

There was so much light yesterday that we were all squinting in confusion. Even Camera House apparently. Here are some behind shots of Lady Astor for the dairy farmers amongst you. Her udder is hard to see in detail with the light source  being in front of her. To expose the black areas of her …

Pig TV

Thanks to Jan from the Fellowship of the Farmy I can now watch Poppy’s activity in her own bedroom, from my own kitchen.  This wireless monitor on the kitchen bench connected to a camera in the barn is a game changer.  I am so excited about it. Instead of getting up and getting dressed and …

Plant, Eat: Pairings

One of the best things a family can do together is eat their meals together. Every night here, my crew and I  pick together and cook together (one kitchen mama – many helpers) and eat at the table together. My little rent a family. This kind of grouping works in the garden too. The things …

Found IT

My camera that is – at last.  Elle saw it – waiting for me on top of the fuse box attached to the power pole in the yard. I was standing not even three feet away. The good news is that we found it before the rain started.  And now this morning the wind is …

Night Renders

Waking up from a dead sleep, washing my face then throwing myself straight into writing the farm journal has an interesting challenge. When I awake I am full of the plans of the day to come. I am not naturally retrospective in the morning.  My natural inclination (and I am sure I m not alone …

The Vet Bet

If I were a betting man, the vet said, putting his head to one side then to the other studying Lady Astors belly and crinkly udder – I would say she was not pregnant.  She is wide enough, he said,  but that udder should be moving by now. He had an emergency to get to though …

100 cabbages

Yesterday we planted out 100 cabbages in the cows garden.  (There are 100 more in the glasshouse and 100 more to sow). Today fifty pepper plants of different varieties will follow – the peppers are not for the cows,  they are for the Farmers Market market. Roxanne is having trouble adjusting to the high protein pasture …

Taste the season

Asparagus. With everything. We recognise the season by what is on our plates. Tima has discovered the front steps. Lady’s udder is still unchanged. We are closing in on the penultimate “two weeks to go” period. I am not ordering the new milking bucket until I know for sure. All the electric fences are up …