From the Farm

Aug 3, 2012

3 August 2012


The days are getting a wee bit longer, the chooks are starting to lay, slowly a few new buds on the blackcurrants and the rambling rose on the veranda has small  leaves.
I'm seeing a few herbs in the herb garden. Other than a light frost today i think the grass may lift a bit.

I have been putting a bit of time into the house truck we are setting up for accommodation over the 100 acres. We now have the water running to it but still have to get the califont going. This has been a big job as we have had to put in 300 metres of 20mm alkathene, a tank and heaps of fittings and two new taps for the sink. Ila has buried the whole lot of piping. She has been working on the farm to pay back the ball money (I'm still waiting for photos). I have the house truck jacked up level on blocks and today I'm going to patch the floor where water has been getting in. An hour here and an hour there and it won't be long before we can paint it inside and out.

The article Lara did on the farm came out in Straight Furrow this week. Some good feedback THANKS Lara.
If you don't get this publication here is the link - we are on page 13 Rural Central http://straightfurrow.realviewtechnologies.com/?xml=Straight_Furrow

Talking of writing, I'm slowly working on a book. I am being told from everyone i have to do this so I'm into it.

Ruth has been digging the potatoes and sorting the seed ones for this season. We are then going to put pigs in to trash fallow it ready to plant the hemp.
Lots of pig sorting this week, Beate and Ruth have moved sows around for mating and farrowing.

A new Lakenvelder heifer calf this week out of a heifer, this one black and white and well marked. For those who are wondering "what is a Lakenvelder" they are sheeted belted Dutch milking cattle who were the ancestor of the belted Galloway. So the Lakenvelder is a really old rare breed.

After the market i went and picked up a wardrobe for Ila that had been given me from a Trade Me contact. I took Justin with me, glad i did as it was a heavy item.
I was impressed with Wendy's garden and art work. Right in town, a couple of ponds with goldfish, free-range chooks, a nice painting of a game rooster on the chook house door, along with other art made the place alive.

I dropped Justin off and Aleena cooked us some really great pancakes and i looked at all the work Justin had been up to on the house. Its looking great. I was surprised to see how effective lead lighting is.

It was a slow market this week despite the better weather. We did not cover costs like a wet one ....... more on that below.

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