As we do this clear ground is revealed and grass can grow. It looks quite park like and beautiful.
In between burning the sticks and leaves we cut, loaded and stated for firewood.
During the week I made apple crumble (still using up apples) and GF bread. I made the most perfectly risen bread ever then I burned the top... but still salvaged it!
I also made GF Naan bread and froze a stack of spares.
I used up a big chunk of venison in a Tikka Masala Curry. It was just beautiful. That's to the slow cooker this was a big help.
Also made yoghurt for the week. (And some went into the Naan bread)
Lots of time went into the gang. All seem to be doing well.
It is a bit of a circus with three different feeding schedules and two formulas.
When Dad comes over he inspects the calf and says she is doing well. Also she chases cars but thankfully in the paddock not along the road!
They all get on well together and play "you can't catch me" and run around madly in the sunshine then you see they have all gone to sleep in the sun snuggled up together. Calling them scallywags would be an understatement!
A big thing this week was achieving a goal we set for this year. This was to install two new rainwater tanks in the backyard as the ones here are old and rusted out and leaking. We had them on order after shopping around and finally the day came. It involved a crane to lift out the old tanks and life in the new ones. Removal of a rusty old tower with a small tank right at the top. Generally big mess and many guys here working on it. To me this is a beautiful sight!
There is only one thing better than new rainwater tanks and that is rain! And it rained all night! I think in the next few days we will have full tanks! Clean. clear, pure rainwater!
On Wednesday I went to feed Chloe and Luke's dogs as they were away. This turned into an adventure as when I drove in the driveway I saw a lamb on it's own in terrible condition. I could see no mother and it appears deserted. I left it for another hour while I did the dog feeding etc. (to see if a Mother might appear) and went back. It could not walk or stand. It was filthy and soaked wet through and shivering. There was just no mother and it didn't get in this shape being looked after. I couldn't leave it there. It was in fact the saddest sight as I thought the last lamb was going to die but this one seemed beyond helping.
This was how she looked when I got her home in front of the fire...
Now she doesn't look like this now and I hope she will soon look like the lambs above. I hope next week I can show you how she is doing. This lamb has been hard to get going.
The sudden arrival of this lamb tested out my animal preparedness pantry. It worked so well. I had the right sized bottle and teat, colostrum, blankets and everything I needed right there. It was wonderful and easy!
Yesterday Mum and I headed off to see the girls. Mum had not been well and so this was our first trip together again in a few weeks. There was only one thing to do and that was take the lamb with us.
At one stage Mum was driving and I was nursing the lamb wrapped up in a towel and trying to get a bottle into her.
I made a tray of biscuits for the girls. Of all the choices they wanted Bunny Biscuits (like at Easter) so there I was decorating these at 9 pm Wednesday night!
So it was a busy week!
Today I am trying to have a catch up kind of day. There is a lot to do.
I really hope you had a week full of opportunities to get ahead, add to your savings, pantry and preparedness. It is so good to consider our week and be thankful for our blessings.
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx