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Memories Lie – Photographs Tell the Truth

The passing of time brings many things to our lives, some good, some bad.  Even those things you know are inevitable, still bring heartbreaking sadness. Long term readers of this blog may remember the many years we went through with very traumatic life threatening health issues my husband had, with Royal Flying Doctor trips to Perth, countless hospital admissions, including ICU and more times that he nearly didn't make it than I care to remember.  Four years ago he...

Lion - Pride of Africa I - Tribute to Cecil

Lion – Pride of Africa Tribute to Cecil

This new three part series was created as a photographic tribute to Cecil the Lion.  You may remember the international outrage at the death of Cecil, the male south west African lion who was killed by a recreational big game hunter in July 2015.  Cecil lived mostly in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe and was one of the most well known lions in Africa. Although wild, he was not afraid of humans and was so frequently observed at close...

Dexter Calf

Farm Life – A Baby is Born!

Long time blog readers might remember that we had to sell most of our cows and calves at the beginning of year when my husband was in hospital.  It was a tough call at the time as I really needed to reduce the farm work, but I decided to keep our jersey X steer Bangers and our sweet little black Dexter cow Matilda. Turns out that was a great decision, because this week the heifer fairy delivered this gorgeous...

Curious cow photograph

Farm Life – Cows Sheep and a Pony

The farm is feeling rather empty at the moment with only the horses, the two cows Matilda and Bangers and our two pet sheep Inky and Angel being the only livestock we have left.  Well we still have the ducks and chickens, but they are technically poultry not livestock.  Bangers has grown huge, much bigger than Holly his pure Jersey mother was.  Even though Bangers hasn’t been handled at all, he has Holly’s sweet temperament and is friendly enough...

Red and Black Dexter Cows and Bulls

Farm Life – Goodbye Cows

Sold the cows.  Had hay delivered.  Fixed the electric fence.  Changed the fuel filter on the quad bike.  Feeling accomplished, capable, exhausted and sad. It was very sad to see most of our little herd of cows leave, especially as I had to sell them at a fraction of their market value just to have them off the property today before I head back to Perth, but it was a necessity and in some ways a relief. My husband...

Dexter cross Jersey steer calf

Farm Life – Foster Calf 101

Little Sausage is now an orphan calf and still needing milk.  My husband’s health is unpredictable (he needs major surgery in a city hospital and he has been in and out of hospital every 2-3 weeks for months) so bottle feeding calf milk replacer to Sausage is going to be logistically very difficult.  Luckily Matilda, my sweet black Dexter cow is still nursing her heifer calf Sassy, so I am attempting to foster Sausage on to her. I’ve bought...

Jersey cow standing in field - RIP Holly

Farm Life – RIP Holly

After an epic battle that, in hindsight, I think really started back on the 20th October, our beautiful Jersey house cow Holly passed away yesterday. We did everything we could but between the rough labour and delivery, the dreadful mastitis in her bad quarter that she freshened with, the very potent anti-biotics that caused her more problems and then going down with milk fever two days ago while enduring the merciless soaring temperatures, my sweet poor cow just didn’t...

Farm supplies treating milk fever and mastitis in jersey cow

Farm Life – Jersey Cow with mastitis

Poor Holly has freshened (had her calf) with mastitis in her right rear quarter – the same one that she injured last year.  The quarter is hot and very tender to touch, and her calf is not drinking from it (probably because it tastes gross).  I’ve been stripping out as much as I can every few hours through the day, have made up a poultice of essential oils and cayenne pepper in lard to help the swelling and inflammation...

Jersey calf laying down in field

Farm Life – Cleaned up Newborn Calf

Holly and little Sausage are both doing well, he is so cute I thought I had better post a few nicer photos of him now that he has been cleaned up and unscrunched. Have you ever seen anything so adorable? Although poor Holly is looking a bit ragged after her ordeal....

Jersey cow nuzzling newborn calf

Farm Life – A Calf is Born

At 2:30 am this morning Holly delivered a healthy bull calf.  Well, technically that should be ‘we’ delivered a healthy bull calf.  She went into labour yesterday evening, but failed to progress after the first sac appeared.  The calf was stuck with one foot presenting first at an odd angle and his great big head twisted to the side. I wonder if anyone can guess how you can tell that without a cow sized ultrasound machine?  I’ll give you...