We have had a HelpX visitor from Finland here for 2 weeks, leaving on Friday making her stay almost 3 weeks.
Been shit hot, and we are indoors during the heat of the day (mostly)
Had some good happenings, and some bad.
The bad is, we had an oubreak of Mixomitosis in the rabbit population, decimating up to 50% of them. Some stragglers are still developing symptoms but hopefully we're over the worst of it.
Got a tree down on the fence of the horse paddock that needs to be chained into firewood, and the fence repaired.
We picked up 3 milking cow calves, one a pure Jersey, and two Jersey/Dexter crosses which are the cutest animals and only just taller than our kelpie dog. We need to get them into good condition and then AI them to start our milk/cream/cheese/yoghurt production.
Took the Damara lambs from their mums so they (mums) can put on condition again. PZ thinks that several ewes may be pregnant again.
At least the feed is holding, this late into summer because of all the late rains.
And there's more rain due.
Got a couple of loads of corrugated iron, mostly used, that can be used to replace the tarp on the barn roof. This will give us a more waterproof area for our storage of stuff. Also got the water tank I mentioned, and have to set it up on stumps for our grain silo. Should hold about 6 months supply of grain.
We're only grinding about a weeks supply at a time at this point.
We have stopped egg incubation for the moment, and so we have eggs, eggs everywhere.
Processed another pig. Cured and smoked bacon (thanx Meg for the donation towards the smoker), eating pork chops, pea'n'ham soup, and pork roasts with the most superb cracklin'.
Still trying to get the old ice chest to use as a coolroom for setting carcases.
Maria, our HelpX girl assisted with the relocation of the laundry into the end of the shed which also tidies up the tool storage area as well.
enough for now
there's shit to be done.
Lesson for the month: don't touch the electric fence while feeding the pigs!