Oy vey ! I have about 12 huge mozzie bites on my hands and legs, about the size of quarters !
Dolly is waiting down in the lower barn, she bellowed from about 9am this morning until I opened the gate. Doofus in the pond pasture with the rest if the cows, the boys lying as close to them as they can on the other side of the fence. Dolly has just been on heat, so planning on figuring out pasture arrangements to get her with Parrot in about 21 days.
The weather is nice today, but everytime I go outside, I'm swamped by mozzies. So I avoid going out. Something horrible about having to cover myself in poison.
Got some cucumbers planted on Friday, as well as cleared out the growth under the grapevines, after getting the whole berry garden weed-whacked! Now need to get the post-hole digger back on the tractor, to dig holes for the grapevines and the new lavender, as well as for the new channel for the cows.
Later : just up from milking. The mozzies actually swarmed all over the milking lines ! Unfortunately, I'm not as thick-skinned as the plastic of the milk line.
I've slightly opened the bottom gate of the lower barn enclosure, so that Rosco can share in the fresh milk in the lower barn seeing as he's too chicken to run under the wire, even when it's not hooked up to the hot wire.
Think Liquorice is going to lamb soon. Her udder is prominent and she was lying separately from the others and was panting. Not heat panting as it was early when I went to check on her, and her belly looks large. Due to her leg, I hope she doesn't have twins in there. It should be easier to feed a single lamb.
Much much later - after Herbie went to sleep, I went berry picking. Started with mulberries from the tree at the bottom of the lower barn enclosure. Then started looking for black raspberries. Found lots ! Some where there was only one ripe one in each cluster, a few with the whole 5 or 6 ripe. I sprayed myself, and Anni, with mozzie spray before venturing out, and just as well, there were thousands. While cutting through the hayfield, I spotted a fox ! Just its' head and ears, red with ears twitching. Anni was nowhere to be found, and Rosco was more interested in the cows, so Cooper and I started towards it. It was a full grown one, with a full silver like strip down it's back. Very pretty, but not welcome on the farm !