Baby watch came to an abrupt end for the immediate future after Daisy Mays dates were checked and re checked. Fingers in the air counted 9 months from the 29th of January when Wayne the man came with his smoking straw, finger count was re checked and the definitive new date was scheduled for 29 September….but was it ??? Out came the official Wayne the man ABS Parturition (birth date) Calendar and it appears 9 months gestation doesn’t necessarily mean 9 months when you are a cow…sometimes it is shorter and, you’ve guessed it…sometimes it’s longer!!! So, Daisy’s teats have been examined, squeezed jiggled and scrutinized looking for some sign of an impending birth. Her appalling hormonal behaviour has been forgiven due to her “condition” and it turns out our moody cow isn’t even due until 6 October!
Clearly sister Annie has quite the “need for speed” and, once firmly seated on the quad, out came the spiky little horns, the manic look in the eyes and Annie was off in a cloud of dust and a roar of the engine. We do have an established 10mph speed limit on the farm road…..violators are very firmly chastised…but did Annie the speed queen care ? as we ( yes, I was hanging on to the back of Annie,…screaming !!) sped off up the farm road two “sort of getting old” teenagers giggled and howled into the distance.
Malc continued to dig his “this seasons” hole and promptly (yes, you have guessed it ) filled it in. The team worked like the proverbial chain gang, Quatre and Carla collecting the cement chunks, tractor groaning, muscles straining too. Greg stacked and packed cemented and mortared constantly mumbling…”this will make the Conservation people very happy”..”can’t wait for the rain”. The project is a success and we have the team to thank..once again !
Well, time to go, the troops are rallying, dog by the door and down at the barn a heavily pregnant, hormonal but “not quite ready” cow waits for her breakfast.Take care, keep safe, M