Well, our Ayrshire dairy heifer is now a cow!!! We have been waiting for about two years since we raised her up from a bottle calf. Our daughters have worked really hard. First, they had to teach her to lead and then kept her used to us so it would be easier to work with her once she did finally calve. It's a boy, half Angus, and he is so cute! We're working through the first time momma cow blues but it looks like things may be looking up after the first two weeks.
Her udder was engorged with milk and she did not want us to have any of it! So, warm compresses, massages, herbs, and homemade salve have encouraged her to let down her milk for us and relieve her congested udder. When we want to milk her in the mornings, we will put the calf behind the barn and then let him out the next morning after we milk.
This is a busy time of year around here as the last Neubian doe to kid did so last week. We now have four mommas with eight babies. The first one was born on Christmas Day and the children named her Noel. We also had another set of twins born on St. Patrick's Day, Patrick and Patricia. So, this is sure to be an interesting year.
I told Channa, my oldest daughter, that we only need to milk one doe at a time this year since we now have the milk cow. She and Caraline will milk Lilly for me since I have carpal tunnel syndrome. I am their back up and actually do enjoy the time spent outside doing chores. So, I will use the goat's milk for soap, Chevre, and other recipes now and the cow's milk for drinking, butter and cheese. I have an antique butter churn that is made from crockery we will use.
Yes, this is the time of year for babies! The cat had to have her turn and a week ago she had SIX kittens. This is her third litter and after this I believe we will have supplied our friends that wanted barn cats and can make sure this doesn't happen again. Her name is Mittens and we have kept her son, General Lee. He is solid gray and neutered. I believe everything except the Charolais cattle have had their babies now. Oh, wait a minute, I take that back. We have chickens, geese and ducks setting. So, we are not finished yet!
This time of year we are usually off about twice a month at a living history event. So, there is much mending and sewing to be done along those lines. Our daughters have recently acquired side saddles and so riding habits need to be made. We love going to these events. My most favorite part is the church service outdoors on Sunday morning. We sing old hymns and I've learned a few verses I did not know existed in Amazing Grace.
I hope you all had a blessed weekend and wonderful Resurrection Day. I am so thankful our Heavenly Father sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins. We went to Sunrise Service at the Brushy Creek Arbor. The rain held off until we were home and then came a downpour. We are very thankful for the rain which cleared off just in time for us to go and fellowship with some neighbors.
Well, it is time to start school so I'm off to the books. :)