The rain is pattering on the skylights, lucia is upstairs listening to Pippi Longstocking, isaac is snuggled asleep on the couch, dan is even asleep on our bed after a 10-hour round trip drive to his cousin’s wedding on Long Island last night and returning home at 3am. We had an amazing day yesterday. Alyssa, my sister, and Sergi came up from Brooklyn for the day. Yes for the day. They drove up on friday night and showed up at the farm at 10 am the next day. They spent the night at my parents in Franklin.
The weather was gorgeous. After a full morning of chores. Milking, feeding the sheep, the chicks, the hens..and I also moved the broilers out to their new outside home. (It was past time, I have just been nervous because the nights are still so cold. ) The big shock for me was that the rats, in all of their glory, ate 44 chicks!! Mostly when they were very little. But man, what a hit. We’ll order more. But mostly it is the loss of little lives that hits us hard. Although I will say, better to lose them to a wild animal and not some disease or pathogen from their bad living conditions!
So after all of the chores, we cleaned up a little bit and drove to Oneonta for Lucia’s ballet rehearsal at the Decker School of Ballet. Her recital is friday and saturday and I think I am more nervous than she is. I think she is happy to be amongst all of the ballerinas and fancy costumes! My sister and I walked around Oneonta and then picked up Lucia and hit Salvation Army for some May festival supplies.
finally we arrived back at the farm at about 3:45pm and began the next big project, ripping up the sheets we bought into ribbons for the maypole. Thank goodness my mother arrived to help with that task! My dad began cutting the chicken up for dinner. And I gathered tools for strawberry planting.
Once the inside work was done, I led the crew out to the garden and helped begin the planting process. Unfortunately, I could only participate for ten minutes and then I had a cow mooing at me from across the creek.
5pm milking time! Sierra has been an angel the last three milkings. I thing she and I are beginning to cement a new relationship. She is still nervous. And I still have a totally numb right thumb. but she stands stock still and in a good position!
The crew finished the strawberries before i finished milking. When I got back I asked my sister and father to collect the oldest milk from the fridge - we made cheese!! And I started supper....
This is all probably more than anyone needs to know! We had a wonderful meal...ramps, kale from the garden, and our baked chicken! Yum!
all in all, just another day on the farmstead, and so lovely to share it with great people!