It's a sunny day, the twins are healthy and have a great pair of lungs each, Izzy doesn't understand that she's no longer first to be fed, Strawberry is still feeling sorry for herself in the pasture, took the twins out to her today, but she doesn't know them. Herbie is out back with the hay baler, maybe he's baling the hay, not sure. I've just fed the chickens lots of sour milk which they love, and am about to go and milk the cows.
Just another day on the farm. So much I want to accomplish yet there is lamb feeding every 3 hours. Herbies' views this morning, 1 lamb is cute to have around, 3 not so much. And he's not even feeding them. They will make good sheep for someone as they are really friendly, hungry, but friendly. And cute. Izzy is tied to a tree in the front garden, and I can hear her complaining. If I let her loose she eats things I don't want her to eat, and somehow she can escape the sheep pasture. Need to watch to see where she gets out so that I can block it.
My kitchen looks as if a bomb has hit it, but then to be honest, it usually looks like a bomb has hit it. No matter how much I put away, wash, tidy, it is still too small for what we need.
As it's our anniversary, please, please, can we go away for the day. I though up to Mackinac Island, but Herbie pointed out that there'd be thousands of mosquitoes there as well. Maybe we could go South ?? And then who'd do the chores ? But I can dream, can't I ?
Woo hoo ! Herbie baled 8 bales of our own hay this morning, and the cows, alpacas and sheep ate it and loved it. It's bright green (with some yellow from the mustard flowers) and rather nice. Seems it's going to rain on Monday, so we will cut the rest of the field so that we can bale it when the next hot spell arrives.
Caught Strawberry this afternoon and re-tried her teats - and there's milk ! Held her down and forced Fish to drink. Who'd think it would be so difficult to have a lamb drink from his mother ? Eventually he realised there was milk and sucked lustily. Stripped the other teat of it's plug and there was milk there as well, so maybe I can get her to accept her babies. She has been lying by herself since yesterday, keeps licking her udder so it must be uncomfortable or sore. Dragged her to the enclosure by the lower barn where there is longer grass, and she's eating so maybe she'll be alright. Will go and tie her up in the lower barn just now and get both babies to drink. I read that when she smells her milk in their poop she will accept them. Holding thumbs. It's been exhausting, but if it works, should be well worth it. The nice thing is that they are both friendly, so maybe they will stay that way even when drinking solely from mum.
Gave Sargeant a haircut today. He looks a little rough, he does not like being groomed and fights me, especially his legs and back end. He actually bit me, the little runt. Realised I didn't milk the cows today. Started getting the milking parlour ready when Herbie asked me to go get the hay bales with him, and forgot all about them. Will have to go do it now.