A for a work in progress

We are now all free to carry on with our lives. And we will incorporate the fat little potbelly into the life of the farmy where he will live happily ever after.  Though still in a lot of pain it looks like he is going to be OK. Just before the vet arrived yesterday morning …

Rocks in the fields

The kunekune in their little field. They looked like rocks didn’t they.  Poppy  (in heat) broke out of her field and into the kune field the night before last looking for a boar. Poor Tane hid in his little house again and Poppy was escorted back to the rat house paddock  (she whined and cried …

Guest writer: Rosy

Hi There, I’m Rosy, C’s farm helper for the week! Today is my last day here so I wanted to say a quick hello before I left. I’ve heard so much about you! I love the supportive community you have all built here. I’d like to share some of my favorite moments on the farm …

The wild garden

Do you remember the mucky area down the back after the digger came through, that John tilled and sowed in the wild flower seeds? Well, we mixed the wild flowers with oats and alfalfa to give the bed some weight. And look!  Lush. (All the rain has helped) It is growing wonderfully, many varieties of …

Feed for new chicks

My new chicks have arrived and instead of buying the commercial meat chicken feed these ones are going to be grown exclusively on my own feed. Usually we start on the commercial baby chick food then switch to mine about a month later. The four grain feed oats, barley, corn and wheat is my favourite. …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …