Long wonderful days

It’s 10:22 pm right now and I just came in from the garden. There’s still a bit of light left in the night sky but the mosquitoes ran me out. I was planting green beans. “Provider’ to be exact. Living on the 48th latitude has it’s perks this time of year. One being that it is light early and stays light late into the evening. I can usually see a bit of dawn peeking around the mountains at about 4:50 in the AM. And even now, the night sky has a slight tinge of rose in the west.  All this light seems to induce a kind of frenetic wildness that manifests itself as activity. At least it does for me. This “frenetic activity” induces me to leap out of bed at 5:00 am- ish to milk. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

The days are glorious with highs in the 80’s and lows way above freezing. Maisy patiently waits for me to let her into the barn for a treat and milking. Phil is completely uninterested in me. He has a full belly and his momma is close. What more could a little bull calf want?

Maggie is in heat and not so happy. She paces outside the milking stall, rubbing and mooing.

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Making a general nuisance of herself in the pasture.

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Willow is finally starting to look and act more like herself. She had dropped soooo much weight after the disastrous death of her babies this past March. The new little purchased 4H piglets have helped, I think. She is positively glowing as she dozes in the morning sun.

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The piglets are growing fast. Their meals consist of creamy Maisy milk mixed with surplus eggs and grain.

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After eating they just toddle around, tummies so full that they threaten to topple over. No more squeezing through the fence now!

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Rachael has named this little one “Pennie” because of her coloring. She can’t get enough of that good milk. Here she is licking the very last bit of cream from the milk container.

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Even the chicken coop looks peaceful in the morning light.

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The “Garden of Eatin'” gate where I finished up my day. I have so much to plant yet! Kale, Swiss Chard, green beans, tomatoes (which I swore I would NOT dedicate any more garden space to because they NEVER ripen!), peppers, cabbage, broccoli….the list goes on. Whew. I need to go to bed.

More tomorrow~ IF I can get to the computer before collapsing!

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Paradise, just north of nowhere.

Today’s count: 4 gals milik, 38 eggs

What’s for supper: Pork steaks on the grill with salad.

Weather:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

 

2 thoughts

    • Boy, that’s for sure! And we absolutely couldn’t do a thing without my wonderful husband. He is the glue that holds this whole operation together. We love him so much and miss him when he is gone. Thanks for reading JT.

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