Sick

Everything has been taken up this week by sickness, sore throats and snot. With Ethan out of town, and my teenager off at middle school instead of homeschooling (I tried to talk him out of it), it has been a fevered blur of sipping huge steaming mugs of ginger tea, struggling through dew-soaked grass hauling…

Turning The Season

  This time of the year, the summer seems to hang over everything like a thick, sweat-drenched blanket.  Still, in the midst of it there are suddenly magical moments that I come on by surprise, like clouds of yellow butterflies mud puddling on the fresh cow pies that rise up in a bright whirl around…

Mothers And Sisters

There were two more sows who were due to give birth last week – Bess and Bacon.  Both of them looked enormously pregnant.  Their swaying bellies nearly brushed the ground when they waddled to their food dishes.  Star, who is Bess and Bacon’s mother, had her piglets a week ago.  She was very aggressive towards…

Piglets!

Any day now, for the past week, we’ve been expecting the piglets to be born.  The mamas were huge and pregnant, and the first possible due date had already passed. We’ve got them in rotation with the cows right now – the cows eat hay, litter it around, and poo everywhere.  When a pack of…