A while back, in about mid February, I recall looking out the window, tea in hand, and dreaming about all the lovely things I had planned for this Spring. Milking my goat, getting my pigs, planting our sweet corn patch…
I realized at the time, that yes it would be busy, but what I seemed to have forgotten was how everything happens at once.
It started with the “bad things”. I got 4 beautiful peacocks as an early birthday present from my Mother-in-law, and after a nice acclimation period in their coop/covered run, Farmer B and I decided they were ready to try free ranging. They flew away within hours. I was crushed.
Then, Milking Maebelle hasn’t been going very well. She kicks like mule (yes, even with the hobbles on), and every day is a battle for 1 litre of milk. The final straw came, when I got an almost full bucket of beautiful, delicious sweet milk, and just as I went to stand up and pat Maebelle for being such a good girl- CLANG..Splooosh . She kicks the bucket, gets her foot in it momentarily before spilling the contents all over my lap and the floor. Whoever said “It’s not worth crying over spilt milk” wasn’t milking that animal by hand. No…instead they likely bought it nicely packaged from the milk mad, never knowing the struggle the poor milk maid went to just to get that milk. Needless to say, I cried.
Then, just as I thought the skies were clearing (Farmer B was taking me to a baseball game in Toronto. A date! Yay!), it seemed the storm wasn’t over. My hair was done, makeup on, I was ready for night out. Then…our phone rings. My Brother-in-laws cows got out. Ok, no big deal. They’re just standing on the wrong side of the fence. They’ll go back. Nooo problem…..Evidently they had different ideas. They took one look at the gate, and turned in the opposite direction and ran. To make a long story short, we were late for the game.
But things get better. Much better! All in one very busy day, I got my 4 Large Black pigs that I’ve been waiting months for, all my new chickies came, and one of my broody hens hatched her eggs!
It was a long drive to go get the pigs, but absolutely worth it. Are they ever cute!
And the cherry on the cake? All of my peacocks have been located…2 decided to move in to the neighbors (Luckily he doesn’t mind!) and 2 came home! What a week it’s been 🙂
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