Unfailingly, over the last few months, I'm asked about Lavender. My dear little cow who suffered an awful trauma late last year. Lavender and Freddie and I realise now that I haven't done a very good job of keeping you up to date with her recovery.
In late January the teat looked like it was healed well enough to try putting the fourth cup on, and it worked! Initially she flinched because it must have felt strange, but now she accepts having the cup placed onto the teat with no fuss at all.
She's cunning though and won't let down very much milk for me to take because she's waiting for me to let Freddie back in with her.
(On the days that I want to milk, Freddie is sectioned off into a separate paddock in the morning, so I can get some milk in the evening).
But we have a cunning way to prevent this happening. As Lavender is standing in the small yard before coming into the dairy, we open the gate to Freddie's yard and allow him to suckle for approximately half a minute and we can observe the milk starting to flow. Then we ask Lavender to 'Hup, hup" into the dairy, while blocking Freddie from following her.
We get twice as much milk by doing this, and now they know the drill, it's quite simple to manouvre.
Now and then I try bringing her straight into the dairy, thinking that surely she will let me have all her milk, but it doesn't work.
The temp was in the low thirties, but the stock were comfortable, now that the sale yards have water troughs in each yard. About time!
bone broth which needs to simmer for twenty four hours to release all of that goodness held in the bones.
I then tip the broth through a finer sieve before pouring into containers for the freezer.
A small batch of Raspberry and Apple Jam.
A few sourdough loaves. It would be wasteful not to utilize the oven as well as the stove top. ;)
Tasting...for purposes of quality control. Someone has to do it!
Autumn has officially arrived, but here in South Australia we're getting the summer weather that we missed out on during Summer, so the stove has been allowed to go out, as we return to high temps for the next couple of weeks.
Gosh it was a nice two days though.! Come on Autumn.
Cheers and thanks for dropping in. :)