They're nearly always up to something. Sometimes it's something more complicated like one getting sick (our cattle went through a recent bought of mild three-day sickness) or a fence needing fixing or a cow getting out. There are also the occasional events when it's an three day drama, like the time our bulls got cranky with each other and figured out how to get the gate that separated them off it's hinges. I won't bore you with the details of why it was a three day episode, but I'm happy to say that sort of thing hasn't happened since.
Other days it is more simple - the tomatoes might have mysteriously started to wither (this is happening right now...I'm at a loss as to what to do), the cow might not 'let down' her milk at milking time, or perhaps a chicken door will be left open and we'll find two flocks mingling. As long as it's not two flocks with a rooster in each, it's not really a problem.
I really do enjoy working with our animals, even with all the things they get up to!
The greenery in the photos you see above is from our irrigation. A few acres have irrigation on them but the rest of the property relies on the rain.
It's been very dry here lately, although yesterday we were received 28mls of rain...the dam no longer smells of dead fish and has a little bit of water in it again. The rain was a wonderful start to the year, I really hope we get some follow up rain, it'd be great if the wet season finally arrives properly.
Speaking of summer weather, I'm trying hard to keep my pledge of gardening through summer. I know for a lot of you, particularly those of you living the the southern states, summer and spring are your bigger growing seasons. Up here it's just too hot, and usually too wet. It's too cold for tomatoes in the middle of winter, so there's a small window of opportunity for them to grow abundantly in Autumn and Spring. We achieved that in 2013, there were weeks on end where the house and the veggie garden smelt of tomatoes and I was sick of the sight of them. Days filled with harvesting, slicing and bottling them. I really hope I can repeat that this year, not just with tomatoes but with other produce too.
I'm realistic and know that we won't grow an abundance of food through summer, but if I can keep the lettuces going I will be content. And I'm trying to get the veggie gardens prepared for the growing season when it arrives in March-April. We've been filling the garden and chicken runs with the lots of mulch and spilled hay from around the cow's hay feeders. I plan on planting a few patches of cow pea, for a green manure crop and for the chickens. I'm really excited about this year's growing season, actually. I've got high hopes and plans for it, I can't wait to get stuck into it.
What are you up to this morning?
I hope you have a good day and enjoy what's left of the weekend!