I just got them this morning. It’s been a crazy day…I’ll post more later.
We get lots of hummingbirds here at our farm. In addition to a big honeysuckle bush and butterfly bush which attract the hummingbirds, we have 4 feeders. We used to have 6 or 8 feeders, but it got a little crazy…both with having 30-odd hummingbirds buzzing around your head at any given moment and with the insane amount of sugar we were going through.
Anyway…a friend of mine took some really good pictures of the little hummers one evening a week or so ago.
This action shot is my favorite
They are truly amazing creatures.
Well, she’s really not my cow, she belongs to Secret Passage Ranch, but I milk her every day.
Her name is Ma.
She’s a Guernsey/Holstein mix. She’s huge. I milk her once a day and I usually get 3 1/2 to 4 gallons from her.
She pals around with Honey, a Devon.
Honey has a calf that was born about 2 months ago. The calf had to be pulled out of her and I helped in that process, which was quite an experience. I call her Little One. She’s not so little anymore…
Ma delivered a calf a day after Honey, but it was stillborn. So, she and Honey have agreed to share Little One. Thankfully, Little One only seems to get her milk from Honey. She does hang around Ma a lot, though.
Although I jumped at the chance to learn how to milk her in exchange for some of the milk, I didn’t quite realize the amount of effort and commitment it takes when you are responsible for milking a cow. Every day. Even when you and she are both in a bad mood and don’t want to do it.
I’m happy to have the milk, though. Today I made 3 lbs of mozzarella and about 1 1/2 lbs of ricotta which I turned into a very nice manicotti for dinner. I used the whey from the cheese in the ingredients for homemade bread, which came out wonderfully. I spent most of the day cooking. After milking, of course.