Last week Brian put a small halter on her and tied her up for short periods of time each day. Of course she didn't like it at first, and even though she's still really young, she has a lot of strength. Those hind legs can give a powerful and swift kick too.
Yesterday we put her into the "baby bales" specially built for training young heifers. This small shed is situated in the calf yard where the calves are fed a mix of chaff and molasses into a feed bin for each calf. Some of the feed mix is put into the feed bin behind the bales, so all of the calves get quite used to putting their head through to eat the tasty food, so it's no real shock for Paisley. She was not too keen when the bar was slid across to restrain her head though, but quickly settled when she heard our reassuring voices telling her "Good Paisley, good girl."
We will repeat the exercise each day at feeding time and calmly run our hands all over her body, talking to her all the time to show her that she is in no danger.
The colored discs are to make it easier for the bees differentiate their own hives.
We've had so much rain, some of the broccoli heads started to rot. I've been picking the damaged ones first, cutting off the slimy sections, and cooking as normal. Broccoli every day.
I love it lightly cooked in butter in a frying pan with lid on so it's still a little crunchy. The stems are just as tasty as the heads and I don't understand why people throw them away. The really tough part of the stems I save for making our green vegetable juices.
New cabbage seedlings growing between celery on the left and cauliflowers on the right. Brian is brilliant at succession planting, growing everything from seeds germinated in the glass house, before planting out when large enough.
The white barriers are protection from earwigs, and the cage is protection from sparrows and one rogue hen that flies over the fence.
When I was the chief vegetable grower here, we always had a "hungry gap" between seasons, but that no longer happens. Now I need to get out of the habit of freezing enough vegetables to see us through the hungry gap. One of the freezers has bags of beans, sliced zucchini, and broad beans, but the garden is so full of a huge variety fresh vegetables, I don't know when I'll get to use the frozen stuff.
The hens enjoyed the leaves after I picked a cauliflower.
For our own use, rustic is the way it is. ;)
Winter weekends are my favorite. How about you?