"We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and for each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make. The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependant on what is wrong. But that is the addict's excuse, and we know that it will not do."
—Wendell Berry

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Coming and going

It is a lot quieter around the cloud farm lately.
We loaded Sausage the sow out last week. How short a sentence for the effort it took, she fought like hell! I am covered in bruises all over and have a badly sprained right hand from the hour and a half fight it took to get her on the trailer. I am glad I will never be loading a sow out again.
Most of the piglets are gone too. Sold off to pork lovers around the district. We have kept two boys for our own consumption in five months time. As you may expect they were pretty rattled for the first couple of days but have since settled into a routine of eating and sleeping.
Isobel, Anna's calf, also went to a new home yesterday. She was quite easy to load. She has gone to a good home in Bowen, quite a few hours drive from here. I was surprised the couple were willing to come so far for the calf but apparently a Dexter X Jersey is quite sought after. Certainly we could have sold another half dozen calves by now judging from the phone calls we keep getting. 
One person said that obviously we were asking too little for the calf. I disagree. We asked a fair price for what we think she was worth. To want more simply because the "market will bear it" I believe is dishonest. All of our excess livestock are sold this way.
 At this time of year the tree in our front yard bursts into these beautiful blooms. It is apparently a local species of rainforest tree, judging by the amount of flowers I see in the wild stands. It has become a popular garden tree due to its beautiful blooms with the most wonderfully fragrant scent  of any flower I have ever encountered. I intend to plant more of these about the house yard.
Lastly, this is the boiler/smoker shed in construction. Situated beside the pig pens it is to be used to boil potatoes for the pigs while they are growing. Then after they have been slaughtered it will be used as a smoker shed for the hams and bacon sides. I picked up the old Rayburn woodstove for less than I could have built a brick stove boiler. At the time of writing it has been fully clad and is awaiting a set of front doors and flue for the stove.

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