We have been milking August since around March 23rd, everyday, twice per day. We don't have a milking machine, so I milk her each day by hand. I have to admit, I was rather intimidated at first to milk her. She's a big animal, and being so close to something that could kill me if it wanted to is a bit fearsome. However, I learned quickly that August is a good and gentle cow, and she means us no harm. I'm now pretty comfortable with her, and I actually look forward to our twice a day milking sessions, when I get to be by myself, lost in thought during the rhythmic swish, swishing of the milk hitting the pail.
August is a dairy cow. She comes from a dairy farm, and she has been bred for production. This means, even though we are calf sharing, she gives us a lot of milk! Calf sharing means that we let the calf stay on August all day and nurse as often as she likes. Even though we do this, we are still getting between 2 1/2-4 gallons of milk EACH day. That equals out to 17.5-28 gallons each week! This is a lot of milk for one family. We have tossed around the idea of getting another calf to graft onto August to take some of the milk, but haven't bit the bullet yet. For now, we are freezing some, giving some to family and neighbors, and secretly hoping the calf starts to take more! I'm also working on lots of dairy products...like making yogurt, making butter, baking cakes with lots of milk, and soon I'll be making cheese (we're just waiting on the rennet). It's busy, but this is a GOOD problem to have!
Starting the Garden
We've started our 2021 garden! We are excitedly waiting on the seeds to sprout. We have started tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and celery, and they are all in their little pots in the window beginning to grow. I am sure looking forward to this year's garden. It is so wonderful to go out and get fresh greens and vegetables from the back yard. It makes for a new cooking menu too. Don't get me wrong, I like the preserved vegetables too...but there's just something about a fresh garden salad, zucchini pie, green bean soup that make my mouth water!
I've also done a little experimenting this year and have directly sown some things into the ground, earlier than I ever have: peas, spinach, and radishes. We will see what happens! I, as always, have big expectations :)
The house continues to make progress. This week the drywallers were there insulating then drywalling, and hopefully that will be done quickly. D has been working on the basement finishing and the front porch, and I am so grateful for the time and hard work he's been putting into getting our house ready. After the drywall is on, the fireplace crew will come and do the mason work, and D will start finishing the ceiling. Next is flooring, and then we're almost at move-in time!
It's a bit muddy there, and everything's a little messy as progress continues to be made. But I know in time it will all be beautiful and wonderful, just as I have imagined it to be. I'm learning more and more to be patient and live in the present; wishing for the future won't make it come any sooner, so I might as well stop and enjoy today. The day of moving there will come, and time will continue to pass. We'll be there soon!
Thanks for taking some time to stop by and follow our journey,
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