paul’s final comment as he and sasha pulled out of the drive just as the sun was rising over the ridge. they were heading to the big city with a van load of compost and tools, straw and plants, my guys were putting in a pair of gardens for some urban folks wanting to eat a bit closer to home. their departure left me with the work of 3.
I started the day, as the nursing mom i double as the alarm clock around here, and reliably babe got me up just past 4 am. once the men were loaded, fed and on the road, i had a moment of reflection with madeline and planned the morning. we decided to begin with the sheep, so i placed william on my back (ergo carrier, mama’s best friend) walked up to the barn, grabbed a bale of hay and meandered to their paddock. (slow moving was the best i could do with 30 pounds on my back and 50 some in my arms and yes, a truck can be used for this task, but due to a series of unfortunate events, both were in the shop. )
luckily, sheep in the pasture are pretty patient
pigs next. these are the funnest, loudest, most amusing and most impatient of the farm animals. we are recently back in the pig business with opinions that vary with the wind. suffice to say the grain eaters get mixed reviews around here. there is the extra task of hauling and storing grain coupled with the disappointment that we haven’t been able to raise enough grain on farm to feed either poultry or pigs. despite the fact that we are blessed with a local source of impeccably raised small grains, the final verdict on the swine remains to be seen.
normally, milking is top priority each morning. this morning though, it needn’t be done. although there is some debate on this topic, our system where we keep the cow and calf together certainly impacts the quantity of milk we get . on a normal day, the calf, now 3 months, (bronco) is separated from his mama (addie) at dusk. by morning, there is nearly 2 gallons for us. bronco and addie then spend the entire day together, bronco receives all the benefits of addie’s riches. this also does give us that tiny bit of freedom to simply leave them together and donate our share! obviously this day was chosen as one of those days. whew.
that made my last stop: the horses. by far the easiest visit, they’re slowly eating away at a roll of hay and watering from a large tank, so tending to them really means a lovely walk across the back half of the property. no complaints.
the day proceeded flawlessly with return visits to all who needed them.our few hours indoors were well spent baking, when the guys returned home earlier than i had expected, i was more than happy to present them with a slice of freshly baked bread and the invitation to share the evening chores with me.