Meanwhile, back on the farm….

With four baby steers to look after, a dwelling for their comfort was needed, so the carpenter was called in, and a new home is being built. Looks pretty good so far, and I’m sure the little fellas will be quite content, I just hope it’s big enough, for when they grow up!

Somehow I can’t see Emma sending them off to market.

Another four legged friend has beenΒ  has been welcomed to the family; this time a little, abandoned, baby piggy (it’s a baby piggy not a piglet). Well actually it was dumped.

Dumped into a garbage bin would you believe, Emma passing this bin, heard the poor little thing, and rescued it and took it home. I imagine a new sty, is next on the carpenters list.

A few photo’s of work in progress on the barn, the lady that rescued the calves, gave them to Emma, with my two granddaughters, and Miss Poppy May warily watching the little piggy.






On the home front when asked what she would like for dinner the War Office said “a meat pie would make a change”, which I suppose was true, haven’t made one in a while.

Last night we dined on a meat pie , creamy mashed potatoes, steamed baby carrots, pumpkin and cabbage.Β  TWO drank James Squire 150 Lashes, and I?Β  Lipton’s Iced Peach Tea. πŸ™‚ The pie looked something like this.

Meat pie hot out of the oven

The bear



Don’t ask me what’s going on here; I posted this 10 minutes ago on Sunday 14th October, but WordPress in their wisdom is showing it as being posted on the 11th October.Β 

I’m not very happy with WordPress














27 thoughts on “Meanwhile, back on the farm….

  1. Silly old WordPress.

    They are collecting quite a menagerie there. I agree, I doubt those steers will ever leave their loving home.

    Do you make your own crust for those delicious pies?

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    1. PiedType came to the rescue and all is well πŸ˜€
      Not any more, takes up too much time and as it’s just the two of us, I really can’t be that bothered; and anyway SHE likes that Pampas stuff, I’m not that fond of it, it has a peculiar taste to my way of thinking, I sometimes think I have a better palate than the W O.
      I’m even thinking of stop making my own bases for pizza, she bought some from Coles or Woolworths the other day and they are quite good, save me a heap of time and I’d make them for her more often, she does like a pizza, but not the bought variety 😦

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      1. Too bad you don’t do home delivery!


        1. I do do take away as my son well knows.


    2. By the bye, I gave her a shopping list the other day for Coles & Woolworths (I refuse to call them wool…..s) thought of sending it to you

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  2. A word of advice to anyone who has the intention in the back of their mind to sell the animals that they grow. Don’t give them a name.
    I grew up on a farm and sending an ex-pet off to market rates very high on the sadness spectrum. Especially little pigs that will grow up to be six foot long and a strong as a bull plus they are probably the most intelligent of all farm animals.

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    1. Including the owners, 😈 I believe that pigs are also the cleanest of animals and it’s we humans that stick them in the muck and mire; I can believe that!
      Some years ago there was consideration for using pigs liver for human transplants, as they are cleaner and purer than ours are. Came to nothing I suppose

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      1. You are right. Pig organs are transplant worthy and used – even if temporary until human donor can be found.
        (Pigs use mud to keep bugs off them, keep cool, and keep their skin/hide nice…as bit like humans, that last?)

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        1. Kind of makes me ashamed of the capsules I have to take, with my food, they are called Creon, and they each contain hundreds of little pellets, what they delicately refer to as deriving from ‘porcine pancreas’
          These capsules do much of what my late stomach used to do, extract the nutrients from the food which helps keep weight on and me healthy, sort of 😈
          So the poor old pigs to the rescue for me too

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  3. If you began this post a couple of days ago WordPress will often backdate to that date. After pressing publish, check below and if the date box is present, click cancel scheduling.

    I love hearing about Emma’s little farm, this is how we began all those years ago. We were often the home for orphan lambs. A couple of years ago I wrote a couple of posts telling of our early days here. I will look them up and send you the links, you might see similarities.

    I think the little piglet needs a little friend to play around with.

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    1. The problem has been fixed Susan aka PiedType sent me the instructions and they worked.

      Emma’s little farm wasn’t really purchased to be a farm, 6Β½ hectares (16 acres) isn’t really thought of as a farm here; (many years ago I knew a lady – a customer in the pub- who owned a farm of 5000 square miles, true! From the front gate to the house was a 78 mile drive!
      A Miss Doman, note the miss, strong as an ox, she buy a carton of beer I’d offer to carry it to her car and she’s say “No it’s right love”, hoist it on her shoulder and off she’d trot:, never married and left the farm / cattle station plus another large farm to her 2 nephews

      I think the little piggy has found a little friend by the name of Ruby, Poppy looks a bit wary to me

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      1. So glad the problem has been fixed.
        16 acres would be what we call a small holding and roughly about what I have here. The original owner built a bungalow a mile away on one edge of his farm, retained most of the land and sold this house to us with the surrounding fields. We couldn’t have managed more than this. Moving here was the best decision we ever made.

        These are a couple of the posts I mentioned the other day. I’d only been blogging a few weeks and I don’t think I had any followers, and although they’ve been viewed by a few since then I might re-blog a couple.

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        1. Lovely posts Sue, Just love that Beagle 🐢🐾

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        2. Thank you Brian, so do we!

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  4. Yes, you can change the post date and time. Click where it says “publish immediately” a line or two below “preview.” (at least that’s how it appears in the old editor that I insist on using)

    That little piggy is adorable. I’m glad s/he was rescued. I’m always amazed that kids on farms can raise their animals and then send them off to market. I’m a soft-hearted city girl and could never do that. I get much too attached to my pets.

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    1. Thanks Susan, I did as you suggested and it worked a treat. It’s now in it’s rightful p[lace.
      No argument from me about the little piggy, but I cannot understand the mentality or principles of someone (obviously they have none) just dumping such a harmless little creature in a garbage bin. They would be first to scream at anyone dumping a human baby in a bin.
      That is going to be Emma’s problem she’s a soft hearted city girl, how she’ll cope with 4 fully grown steers ??????? πŸ‚ πŸ‚ πŸ‚ πŸ‚ 🐷 : πŸ‘πŸ‘ πŸ” πŸ“ πŸ”πŸ“ πŸ”(next)

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  5. Lovely post! BTW, you will be less happy with WordPress when they tell you you have to switch your WordPress editor to Gutenberg, which they say is coming for sure. Haven’t heard that? It is touted by the young nerds as the best thing since sliced bread, and we’d better get on board. Hope your other WordPress authors begin to consider this and start to ask questions!

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    1. Thank you Diane, I did have a look at that Gutenberg thing and said no way will I be switching to that, have these young nerds no idea how many users are of very mature years and have enough trouble as it is? Obviously not! I shall start asking my questions today, and tomorrow and….
      Will it do any good? No these clowns no everything they are smarter than we oldies


  6. Note to kids: never let the calf into the house…they are cute and a little like dogs when little, but when they grow they can’t understand why they are banned from indoors…and will bash in the door…my city raised sister-in-law found out the hard way. Finally had to sell that one off. (How can anyone toss a live animal in the trash – heartless. sigh. Find it a home if you want to be called a human)
    Love that last picture – really a happy farmy. The girls will always remember this.
    Meat pie looks wonderful!
    (Oh, last note WP was tinkering a lot last weekend which makes all of it unstable and quirky – I encountered major problems writing, adding pictures…just kept fingers crossed post wouldn’t flat disappear as one did before. Like Susan, I ‘m clinging to the old editor…and worried about Gutenberg update)

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    1. Yo may be worried. Me I’m petrified, why do they do this don’t they realize that there are many of ‘mature’ years who just want to plod merrily along with what they are accustomed to?
      I didn’t know that about cattle I have no doubt that Emma doesn’t either, I shall be letting her know immediately not to allow those calves into the house.
      I haven’t words in my vocabulary to describe those creatures that dump, or deliberately ill treat, animals and pets. There are some expletives, which I do not allow on these pages, that come to mind though!

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    2. Emma only allows her dog in the house, and he gets a free run of the place,so I doubt even her babies can persuade her to let any other pet inside. Like the War Office, Emma is head of the house πŸ˜₯
      I can’t understand why they have to keep tinkering with something that works well; the old American adage ” If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is probably the wisest adage I know.
      Surely they must know that a very great % of “bloggers” are those of shall we say mature years? They really have us and there really isn’t much of an alternative to WordPress that I can see. Pity really, competition might keep the young nerds in line and under control.
      The pie went down well, easy to eat and an Australian favourite

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  7. Brian,
    I’d call it a menagerie. The pig must have been just born, when it was rescued. When I was four or five, I had a pig for a pet. It was a wonderful pet, it followed me wherever I went, I could talk to it and it always replied with a grunt, it protected me from my older siblings and when it was time for a nap we both lay down under a shady tree and I used the pig as a pillow. When I went away to boarding school, at the age of seven, the pig mysteriously disappeared.

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    1. I suppose it made a fine dinner.
      And that accounts for the strange odour that surrounds you on a Sunday afternoon ad here I was blaming Brendan πŸ‘Ώ


  8. Lovely, sweet photos, Lord 🐻 iOfBow! And sweet faces!!! πŸ™‚
    Oh, that little piggie is precious! I hope he’s the little piggie that stays home! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    Your pie looks delicious!!! YUM!!! πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› 😈 😎 o_O :mrgreen:
    PS…How are you feeling?!


    1. I hope so too Carolyn, what a pity that they have to grow big 🐷 🐷 🐷, not so cute then. My meat pies usually go down well, I particularly like the chicken and leak pies, but the War Office has to be in a very special mood to allow me to make one of those. 😁 πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜… 😊
      I’m feeling fine thank you Carolyn, 😞😞😞 except I must admit to getting very tired very easily, something that is alien to my way and hard for me to accept.😌😩😞
      Coco is almost back to his old self, always looking for food and treats all the time, he says hi to Coop 🐩🐢 🐾 🐩 and says hope he’s getting plenty of treats too 🐢🐾

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  9. Lisa H Perkins 21/10/2018 — 12:02

    The farm would make any Kentuckian proud, as would your pie, however i don’t believe i’ve ever had a meat pie, must be a Aussi thing. My pie might look that good but it would be apple.
    Love the little piggy.


    1. A meat pie is the Aussie National Dish Lisa, although we English love ’em too. I do believe the best pie I ever had was in 1944 in a town called Burnley in Lancashire,. It was a meat and potato pie and I’ve never forgotten the joy I had eating that pie.
      In England the favourite eating places for the common man, of which I am one; is the pie and mash shops. On a Saturday morning I’d ride my bike to East Ham in London to pay a bill for my mother and she would give me the money to buy a pie & mash for my dinner ( lunch)
      That little piggy is gorgeous as is Poppy May who looks wary of Miss piggy πŸ˜€


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