The first one of the biggest bon fires we have had. It was a giant mess in front of the workers cottage. And it will be the last fire we can burn as it is getting too dry now. t was exactly fire number 40 for the year. We have done a LOT of clearing up around the house and surrounds. This number is on top of what we did when we arrived last year!
At the end of all this we are still surrounded by trees but not dead ones and we have cleared a big space around our house. When we arrived trees were actually touching the house. Fires are our biggest threat.
On top of that there were two trees well beyond what we could handle and we had professionals come in and remove them. If they fell they would go straight through out roof. In a storm or fire there were a danger. As much as I love trees this is where I draw the line. So this was a whole day job on Wednesday and I am so glad it is done. Now for the massive clean up. We have 20 tones of hardwood also.
I always feed the workers. I used some of one of my fruit cakes to take out to them. This is why it is so handy. Fruit cakes keeps and whenever you have the need you can slice it up!
My hands were full with animals. This is the morning crew waiting for bottles. One calf is missing. He is always last to turn up. He is like that kid who is late for school every morning!
I decided to wean the oldest calf that I am feeding (Loui) and led him with a bottle to the paddock with the big kids. This was fine. But in the evening little Georgie would not drink his bottle. Nope not interested. Now he is normally a piglet. So I knew right away that he was upset over his constant buddy not being there. I went out three more times to offer the bottle but no he stood and sulked. I figured by morning his conviction/protest would have dried up plus he would be hungry... so I gave up.
In the morning everyone drank their bottles. But not Georgie. He stood where he and Loui always drink there bottles TOGETHER. My heart sank a little as I felt really bad and this wasn't helped by Loui bellowing across the paddock. I held out until lunch time whenI could't stand it any longer and made a bottle and let Loui back into the little paddock. Just like that Georgie drank his bottle. After that he was hungry and wanted more. 🙄 After that they ran off happily together. So they will have to be weaned together which I think is another three or four weeks.
Next drama was little Freddie the lamb. He has had a rough life and I just got him drinking well, eating well... and the calves sucked on his ears and made them sore! I felt so bad. Then he had a cut on his head. I don't know if the calves could have done that... anyhow I was horrified and brought him inside and applied antiseptic powder to his sores and he has had to go in a seperate yard. I re apply the antiseptic powder every day but everything is looking good now.
Then I decided he is lonely and I moved Eddie (the goat) in with Freddie. This was partially brought on by realising Eddie is going to get out of his paddock pretty soon. I realised this when he started jumping on feed bins and then the little shelter. I was feeding someone else and he couldn't wait. He helped himself to his bottle, selecting the right one too.
Ok so this made perfect sense except to Eddie. He cried and cried and cried and cried. I thought surely he will give up? No. It was dark and I couldn't take it anymore and went and got him and carried him back to the calves. Then he ran off happily and hasn't made a sound since. 🙄🙄
It just goes on and on. Yes, it could be a childrens book!
So little Freddie follows me around a lot so he isn't lonely.
This has all really illuminated for me all the Bible passages about The Good Shepherd and similar references. I really never fully appreciated them. With my small "flock" if one is missing you go hunting for them. If one is sick you sit with them. If anything is wrong with any of them I get very upset! If they are all good and happy I am happy!
Today was hot and I looked out and Freddie was laying down right in the sun. I thought he was dead! My heart just sank. I ran out and he looked up at me and he was fine! I moved him into the shade.
So now I get the Scripture. The eye is one each one of us individually. The pain of a loss is great. Your heart loves the saddest, weakest and most problematic ones!
So now down to business. Some of the ways I built up my home, got ahead, added to the pantry etc are:
I had a wonderful get together with Wendy. We did some trading and a lot of talking! I was so happy I could take her lots of eggs as she is a fabulous cook. Wendy found me two pure wool blankets in an op shop. She also gave me two whole big boxes of jars and bottles and a bunch of rhubarb. It was so much fun to get together.
While in town I visited a little op shop. I found a vintage kitchen scale for $5 and a long piece of cotton lace for $2!
The scales are so handy and really go with my kitchen!
In the garden I moved a lot of little tomato seedlings that have come up from last years cherry tomatoes. I also potted up a heap to give away. I will grow them up to a few inches high first. I have a kind of sunroom entrance to the kitchen. I am gradually using it more as a greenhouse.
Through the window you can see a little of my veggie and herb patch. Beyond that is our front lawn. I want to set up more places to use this area to start off seeds and seedlings.
I used up some eggs and spinach from the garden and made an impossible pie/quiche.
I didn't get any crafts done but instead I started going through everything I made this year and making up presents. Each has a label with a name.
This is taking a surprisingly long time to do. But as I complete each one (they need cellophane like the one in the back) I am so happy! I hope to get many more done in the next few days.
In the workers cottage Andy pulled up a filthy and disgusting carper. Underneath is polished floorboards!
I also planted more sunflowers, radishes, and have a windowsill of seeds coming up.
So that was my week and I am so pleased with some of the biggest jobs of the year being out of the way now. That is a good feeling!
I hope you had a good week. How did you build up your home, get ahead, stock your pantry or freezer? Anyway you can get ahead is good!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx