This morning during my walk I saw my neighbor out with her cow. It was only after I took the photo that I realized someone was with her at the time and was squatting down milking the cow. Of all my years here in the countryside, this is the first time I’ve seen a cow being milked … actually in my whole life, come to think of it! Maybe some day I’ll go and ask to give it a try!
My sweet daughter-in-law keeps her eyes out for plants and animals of interest. She stuck this teensy little bug in a jar with a wad of tissue for me.
What a weirdo!
Like a land lobster and so, so tiny!
There are a pair of female geese that hang out in the yard. Unfortunately this one has a bad wing and she’s kind of lopsided all over. Austin told me this morning that another goose is hatching and that it is another female, darn it all. We have nothing against females, just that we do not have enough males. We need mating pairs – and two females do not a “mating pair” make.
While I’m on poultry, I’d just like to mention that the gizmo in the circle on the incubator had made a HUGE improvement in Austin’s hatch rate – from less than 60% to about 75%. It is a humidity indicator, since the one on the cheaply made incubator never worked properly. Hooray for better hatches!
SAVING THE FISH
The lack of rain drove Austin and Junia to the point of having to carry out a fish rescue operation. But the first thing I noticed …
… were these huge holes in the side of the dried up pond. What the heck?
I guess this must be the explanation. But what is Po Dog going for?
Okay, so Austin is shin-deep in mud and has a net and is trying to scoop the fish up.
Not good enough, so he has Junia slapping the water with a stick to drive them to his end of the puddle.
By and by they have 4 buckets of fish…
and start to hump them over to the deeper pond.
I’m guessing it is about 100 yards away – but getting there is not like walking on a manicured and flat football field. This is the stretch in the dry creek bed.
Here is the deeper pond, the bank is maybe five meters above the creek bed. When Austin had the digger here to make this pond, they dug into the water table. Lucky for the fish!
The bucket sits in the water for a little while and then a bit of water is mixed so the fish can adjust to any change of temperature, and then the fish get to swim into their new home.
At the new pond I saw this pumpkin gone wild – fruiting where no one had planted it or expected it. Charming, methought.
And then walking up from the new pond, I came upon this other unplanned pumpkin – all collapsed in on itself. If only we’d known, it could have at least been chicken food.
And now – for those who are interested….
PUPPY UPDATE – WEEK 4
I think they are all spoken for and have homes to go to. I’m trying not to get too sweet on any of them.
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Have a happy week, Everybody.
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