Can that be right? We're teetering on the very edge of May, and about to jump into month number six, and from then on, well.... we both know that it's all a gallop downhill to the end of the year again.
Oh life! So it must be a sign of good things hey? Time flies when you're having fun and all that...!
I certainly can't complain, although the lumpy bits seem to be mountainous when they occur, but isn't it miraculous how, in hindsight, we discover that things happen for a multitude of reasons?
Generally they are a form of "correction" to bring us back into balance. I vaguely remember hearing that said about the Global financial situation, we needed a recession to "correct" the balance of something that included the words 'fiscal' and 'monetary policies' etc. You can see that I don't know a squit about any of that stuff, but life certainly does throw us some 'corrections', to even out the balance of our conscious presence in this world.
Life has not stood still though, and plenty has been happening about the farm. This constant in my life (one of many) for which I'm ever grateful and appreciate more as time moves forward.
The authenticity of this little piece of our world, keeps me grounded when all hell is breaking loose out there. The discovery and appreciation of what and who, are really necessary to survive.
So, there has been some spring cleaning, and onward we move.
I love this way of milk sharing for two reasons.
Firstly and uppermost in our ethical thoughts on raising food for consumption, the calf and mother are allowed to be together as nature intended. Cows love their babies. They mourn the loss of their baby when it is taken from her at two days old. I don't care what anyone says, about how quickly she forgets her calf and all the platitudes and excuses. In an ideal world, this is the only type of milk I want to consume. And I'm able to do this under my control, in my sometimes ideal world. Oh of course I eat cheeses and dairy products made from conventionally farmed dairy cows, but here, because I can, I want my cows to be as happy and as natural as they can possibly be.
The second reason why I love this share system that Lavender and I have going, (our little contract with each other) I can skip milking whenever I feel like not milking, or when I don't need milk that day, or when I/we go on HOLIDAY.!!
Driving across Western NSW for five days before reaching the beautiful town of Bellengin near the Central Coast of NSW.
Meg settled into holiday mode rather too well.
They will lay under the ground over winter and we will dig them up after six months.
Seeing double? Or double trouble?
We've talked about getting a second Kelpie so when this one appeared on Gumtree we made inquiries. Purchased as a cute puppy, this little girl was not bred for a suburban back yard with small children. So by the time she reached seven months they had no control over her at all. Hopefully they have learned their lesson about acquiring unsuitable pets for the conditions.
We see this all too often but it continues.
We named her Soda because it rhymed with the last two syllables of her previous name which was far too long and unsuitable as a working dog.
The first day with her here and we really thought we had made a big mistake! She was uncontrollable! But after hours and hours of training over the first two days, and gaining her trust in us, her behavior has done a complete turnaround. What a great little dog she is, and we look forward to many years ahead with her. What a delight it is to see her so happy here, running free in the paddocks with the other dogs, and generally trying to please us with her beautiful nature.
Casterton Kelpie Muster is coming up during the June long weekend, of course we're going, but with two Kelpies this time. ;-)
Cheers for now, and thanks for visiting.
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