Sunday, October 26, 2014

Our Very Own Milking Cow



These photos of 'Smokey' were taken when he was a few hours old. He's such a dear little thing! 
For almost a week now we've been enjoying our very own milk, fresh from our Jersey cross cow. It's our first time owning a milking cow, and Missy Moo's very first calf too. We raised Missy on a bottle from 3 days old, so we're quite attached to her and have been anticipating the arrival of her first baby for quite some time! It seems a little surreal that we are producing our own milk. It's something we've been discussing and dreaming about for years. And now it's finally happening! The speed at which we are able to milk is increasing every day, as Missy is getting used to the routine and we're getting used to this milking business.

We've yet to make cheese from our milk, but I am trying my hand at creme fraiche and will try yoghurt too.


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What's happening in your part of the world? Are you trying your hand at anything new?
I'm off to make a batch of jam and a pizza for lunch.

I hope your weekend is wondeful
Sarah 




PS I've also written a milking cow post for our farm blog which is a bit different than this one if you're not too bored with this one x







Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spring Rain






I love mid-afternoon storms. The air is still and thick, and then as the rain begins to fall the most delicious cool change happens. 
We experienced our first storm of the season the other day, one that will hopefully be followed by many. We didn't actually get that much rain, but I enjoyed it all the same!

Aside from the obvious reasons of loving rain, I also love the light contrasts it produces. I took all of these photos on the same afternoon, one after another, only slightly adjusting my settings as needed. I love the moody backdrop storm clouds produce, and I especially love it when the sun shows it's face, as it's beginning to set on a rainy afternoon. That gives so many different varieties of light and I love it!

What do you love about Spring rain? 
Do you love taking photos or observing light?
Is it hot or cold, dry or wet in your part of the world at the moment? 
I hope it is good wherever you are!

Sarah x



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life


Life is certainly full at this time of year. To say I was surprised to find that it has been a month since my last post would be an understatement. I honestly had no idea that time had gone quite that quickly. The last few months have been quite busy, with the busyness intensifying over the last weeks of September, but I shan't bore you with all of that.



As you probably imagine, quite a bit has happened since my last post. I remember I wrote about the coming of the sheep and our preparedness for it. Well, they actually ended up coming two or three weeks earlier than they were supposed to. The fencing wasn't finished, but thankfully we have two rolls of electric netting, which combined with the existing fencing made for a good temporary paddock. Their paddock and shelter has now been complete for several weeks and Rilla has the pleasure of putting the sheep into their shed every night. We do so to keep them safe from dog attack, as they don't have the ability to defend themselves like cattle do, and apparently lamb's cries can be heard by dogs quite a distance away.



The garden has reached the bountiful point it does every time this year. The sudden warmth of Spring makes every thing shoot up and flower and fruit. I can feel the heat of Summer today, Spring is not long lived in our part of the country. Many of the things we are harvesting now will most likely be the last for the year, until the cool of Autumn comes again. It's the end of all of the winter produce, but the beginning of the summer. We've planted out our watermelon seedlings and I mean to put in some beans this afternoon. I'm hoping to be able to continue growing salad greens and maybe even a few cherry tomatoes through January and February this year by putting up some shade cloth and making a concerted effort to keep the water up to them. Hopefully we are successful.



What's been going on in your world lately? 
I hope you're having a good weekend!

Sarah