The day Tim left we has some british girls arrive (helpX).
Due to my lapse in BioSecurity it cost us dearly. You see the day before they arrived, Lilly our mini sow had farrowed 11 cute piglets, including 3 dalmatian colours. One of the helpers failed to tell us that she had a cold and told us the next morning. It was too late and the piglets caught cold.
Result: Ten of them died over the next week. A loss of $3500.
Now nobody goes near the pigs at all.
We also had a young French couple for several weeks. Despite a partial language barrier, they started off quite ok. Baptiste dug holes for the orchard plantings and Raphaelle took up the task of weeding the garden area. Great progress in several areas. They also prepared the first 6 rows of the vineyard for the raspberry transplanting.
We've had lungworm go thru the sheep, and despite an oral drench we lost quite a few later in the winter.
Had a couple of lambs born in the pst few weeks with still more due.
We've got two litters of 3 piglets. One set from Sox, our smallest sow, and one set from Penelope, our largest (Homestead Hog) sow.
Our Wessex Saddleback Heritage breed are due to farrow soon we believe, but not sure of the due date. Our Wessex boar, Ashcott, was too young we think, so the piglets due will be crossbreds and go into the HomesteadHogs market, or our freezer.
Wedgetail Eagles have been harassing the chickens as well and if the truth be known probably taken a few.
Jess has been tanning skins taken from a couple of goats and has done a superb job, so she's booked for all future kills.
Our construction slowed to zero while the last batch of helpXers were here as they required constant attention, but we got some of the drriveway tidied up by moving stuff to the old rabbit shelter and creating a workshop.
Got Sarah(Ferguson) tractor up and running after a fair bit of repair work to the radiator and managed to rotary hoe the upcoming corn and potato beds.
We've put in 3 new fruit trees as well.
Managed to get the north boundard fence reconstructed so the horses couldn't escape but i'm not sure it's sheep proof.
We're looking foward to constructing a shower and composting toilet near the helpX caravans. That way they have adequate water without depleting the roof tank, and the septic won't overflow every other day. They'll just have to be responsible for their own firewood to heat their water.
There's probably heaps i've failed to remember, but thats what happens when i let it go for so long.
I'll remember sooner or later.
enough for now.
there's shit to be done.