In holding pattern …

Just waiting on the weather to get a bit more regular.  It’s been ranging from sunny and the high seventies to snow and rain and the thirties.  It is supposed to go below freezing starting tonight through Sunday.  I’m ready for warmer weather.  I’m sure the seeds I planted have no idea what to do with this weather.

I made the executive decision to not plant any more peas or carrots because it’s late.  I have plenty more that I can get in the ground and have a good chance of getting a harvest.  Putting my faith in beans this year!  Beans and corn actually.  With both I get a solid double harvest: beans and corn for humans and stalks and vines for the rabbits, cows and ducks.

Cocoa’s milk production has been widely varied.  Likely because they’ve been spending more time down below grazing rather than up here eating alfalfa hay and the grass is not giving her enough nutrition –yet– to produce much milk.  Penny’s udder is about to burst!  Once she freshens, we’ll be swimming in milk which will be wonderful!  I miss making yogurt and cheese!

Cocoa is such a redhead.  She was giving us some trouble coming into the milk stall.  All along, she’s been trying to come in the out door.  Finally on Sunday we moved the fence so she can’t get over there.  The only way in is through the in door.  I have to walk her around and open the fence when I’m through milking, but given how difficult she’s been, especially on Saturday mornings when we need her to come in quickly and behave.

It rained hard last night and Wally and I went to bed really early and we both slept most of the night.  I think we needed the sleep.  I wrote on Facebook this morning that we do most of what we do without heavy equipment.  Some farms write about using traditional ways all the while they use tractors and plows and multiple greenhouses, etc.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not envious, just trying to keep it front and forward in my mind that we cannot do more than we are doing with what we have.  That we do as well as we do with what we have is evidence of the quality of our product.  Our lack of capital, equipment and our age is keeping us growing slowly.

A couple of the Ancona ducks found their way out of their pasture yesterday evening.  I hope they found their way back up.  If the ducks could go out during the day and if they all come up at night and I can shut them up until they lay their eggs, all would be good.  So far, the Khaki and Runner ducks are coming up at night.  Some of them are able to escape in the morning, but we can fix that.  Fencing in the former goat pasture to keep them in would be quite expensive plus, even though it’s a good half acre, that is not enough for the number of ducks I want to build the flock to.  I guess I can keep hatching out ducks and if some get killed, they were the stupid ones.

Very happy with the ducks.  It was a good idea to switch from chickens to ducks.  It was a very good idea to sell the dairy goats.  I do not miss them a bit, not even a little bit.  Love my cows!  In my humble opinion, nothing beats a cold glass of raw Jersey milk.  Nothing.

I just turned the light on in the milk shed to give the cows the heads up that it’s time to come up to be milked.  We milked early last night trying to beat the heavy rain (we were not successful!).  I am working towards getting the cows switched to an earlier morning milking time.  I am going to take three courses over the summer semester.  They are all on-line.  If all goes well, I’ll be taking one photography class, one art class (required by my program) and a spreadsheet class.  The plan is to do my work in the early AM before it gets too hot and do my school work during the middle of day when it’s hot.

Until later …