Then yesterday we went across the State to visit Herbies granddaughter who turned 2 the day before. He woke me at 7:30 am as he wanted to get there early to miss the traffic. I just had to feed Maddie as he'd fed everything else. His younger daughter sent a text saying she'd see us there too. They had a nice little veggie garden, and a pool, trampoline and lots of ride-in battery operated cars and other toys for the kids. I don't think I've seen so many toys at one house :). Herbie had some cake, and then decided he was starving and wanted a braai. So he went to Kroger and bought all the fixins, hamburger, beef hotdogs (in case I changed my mind and wanted one), potatoes, bread rolls and salad stuff - tomatoes, avo, cucumbers, lettuces and green pepper with a balsamic vinegrette and whole mielies with their husks (corn). Chad fired up the grill and cut the potatoes, made the hamburgers, and cooked everything, I made the salad and we sat down to a great meal. Before we left, he took the kids to the 7/11 for honey buns and slurpees. Nanette didn't warn him that they'd want everything !
We got home just in time to meet Kate and Randy and their son, Shawn, who'd come to see Immanuelle and Coco. Showed them around the whole farm and we have an agreement to swop the cows for hay. After they left I hopped back in the truck and went over to Russ and Rosemarys' to pick up 2 bales of hay. We only have 1 bale of our 13 from our first cutting left. It's been so dry here that I've been feeding hay as there's been no pastures. And with the 4 different lots of cattle due to the breedings needed, have to have 4 bales of hay out. Chatted with Rosemary a little and then came back home. Herbie was still awake but had gone to bed while I was milking.
Today I went to Family Home & Farm to get another round bale feeder as I couldn't put a bale out for Eleanor and Oliver. Without a feeder ring, a $50 bale of hay becomes bedding in a nanosecond :/. Herbie wanted donuts (see, I'm starting to spell that like an American) and pizza, and was bemoaning he hadn't had a honey bun yesterday. So I stopped and bought him a pizza from Oliveras, they have a new place in Portland, and then got him 2 honey buns at NuVu. They didn't have donuts. Gave them to him, then went and dropped the feeder in the veggie garden. Found 2 spanners and went and put it together after taking one of the 2 bales out to them. Hadn't finished bolting it together when Eleanor and Oliver moseyed over and started munching hay. They were starting to look a little boney but everyone now has a feeder so I just have to scramble to keep them full.
Also bought some more fence posts as I need to run another line so that Eleanor can get to the milk parlour.
I have hay in my hair :). Just had a salad and some cheesecake, so need to get back out there.
Junebug is doing much better. She actually kicked my shin so hard the other day it broke skin ! It's tender, but in a way I'm pleased that she is doing so much better. She is losing patches of hair due to the anti-biotics I gave her, but she's nursing. Didn't think I'd rejoice at an empty quarter :). Looking out the window, I see the 5 ducklings following their mum ! Life on the farm.