By last night she was up on her feet, searching for mums' udder. Unsteady but up. This morning she looks OK. When I milked today I put fly stuff on both Dolly and Daisy May. Haven't yet managed to get Eleanor into the milking stall, nor get a collar on her. Tried to pick up her boy, still nameless, and carry him into the stall so she follows, but he's huge and I didn't manage it. He flailed and caught my foot, so will try again next milking. Come the middle of this next week, we should be back in the milk business. Must say, I enjoyed the break, and I think the cows did too, although they missed their grain ration.
Eleanor dropped her cross Scottish Highland boy on Tuesday, June 7, and my dad was amused watching me trying to push him towards the barn with mum hovering around us. I'd picked him up onto the back of the buggy, but mum couldn't see him there and wouldn't follow, but went back to the other cows. So I walked him back to the pasture and then had to push him back to the barn. Sure got a work-out. This was after all the sheep had escaped their enclosure that morning. Nothing like looking out of the window to see a flock of sheep on the back lawn. Fortunately they're very food motivated and happily follow me with the grain bucket back to their enclosure.
Had a wonderful visit from my dad and Claire. They arrived last Friday night from Tennessee, and left yesterday to go stay at Jackies' Lake House while going to Camp Meeting up in Edmore for this next week. I think it can be called very successful when you don't want your guests to leave :). Just like it was when James and Susan were here. And, both James and my dad fixed things in my kitchen, so I'm happy. My dad also put my vacuum cleaner back together correctly and cleaned the steps all the way from the basement before doing the whole house.
Claire and I made the chocolate torte with raspberry coulis, a dark chocolate and a white chocolate one. Discovered that white chocolate chips aren't chocolate at all. So that one didn't work out so well, it wouldn't set. My dad suggested putting it in the freezer and that worked as it wouldn't hold form when the springform pan was released. Herbie brought me a chocolate cake and flowers too :) so we have lots of dessert here.
We also went across to the other side of the State for Herbies' youngests' high school graduation on Sunday. I've never been to one before, quite a performance, very different to how things are done in South Africa. Visited with his mum a little too, so saw family from both sides this last week.