Just as summer starts to heat up at the end of May and we start to think we will all die of the heat, 3-4 weeks of overcast mornings and days in the high 70's arrive. June--a blessed state-- one to be savored. The alpacas especially love it.
Here are some lovely ladies with big bellies taking a nap on the damp ground
where we just ran the sprinklers.
We did have ONE cria already! We only have about 8 overdue, and this one made his appearance 2 weeks early. He was a little "floppy", with a curled ear and lax tendons, so he had trouble for a day standing long enough to nurse well. Here I am giving him a little bottle of colostrum I milked from mom. Ilsa is a maiden mother, but she was spectacular instincts and tons of milk. The little girls next door were VERY interested to watch. 💗
June is also the season for mustard. When the hills turn yellow we know that summer is almost here. Remember when Jesus said that faith the size of a mustard seed could move a mountain? Mustard seeds are REALLY LITTLE, but the plants could take over the world!
I love this little planter in the yard. It sits next to a bench in the shade under some trees. It's becoming a favorite spot to sit and reflect. When Gardener Ellie gets done reclaiming the yard it's going to be the perfect place for a day retreat!
MacKenzie has been out to help us a lot during the down time. She is helping Farmer Don put together a shelter for the pigs so we can have another litter of Kune Kunes.
Lucy and Pixel all help keep the squirrels at bay. I have to make sure they spend plenty of time outside everyday so the vegetables can grow! We have more Zucchini
than we know what to do with!
Who has a recipe for preserving squash?
We're getting ready to put lime in our coconut. LOL
Meanwhile, Farmer Don has set up a chick hatchery in Tracy's office. She watches them hatch all day while she is working from home. Noella is the chief inspector. She is deaf, but she always knows when a chick is hatching.
And their granddaughter loves her chickens. You should see her toddle up and swoop them up in her arms. It's adorable!
June is almost time for peaches. I am really looking forward to them this year. Last year we had so many that I actually got tired of them. Imagine that!