My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Stellar effort and a few cows

I'm very pleased as, for the second month in a row, I've met my One Monthly Goal!
I've been fitting in a bit of star making over the last week or so, and have finished the 24 friendship stars needed to go around the centre of the mystery stitchery I am doing this year.
A nice pile of 3" friendship stars
I even got them sewn onto the centre block —
Thank you to Patty of Elm Street Quilts for running this link up -it's a great way of getting a little push to achieve a goal.

I took my camera out with me when we were doing farm work yesterday. It's calving season down on the farm and it was a lovely afternoon.
Aw shucks - what cuties
One mob of expectant mums. We draft out the cows who are close to calving
so they are in smaller mobs and are easier to keep an eye on.
A newborn to a first time Mum
Expectant Mums in another mob. Very full bellies of grass!
Taking the new Mums and their babies home to the milking shed...
...and the calf shed.
I'm now feeding about 50 calves and there are 62 cows calved.
What's this you ask?
—the chickens love the milk.
We store the milk we cant send to the factory to feed to the calves. The chooks
are always quick to appear when I start pouring it out!
Time to shut them away :-)
(I'm not complaining though, they've suddenly started laying heaps of eggs!)
 The weather suddenly changed and today was chilly with some cool showers coming through, even a bit of hail. Hopefully this weather doesn't hang around for too long and we can be back to sunny, dry days again.

I found a photo of this on my camera which I hadn't yet shown. My DIL made it for me for my birthday earlier in the month - isn't it special?!
All the grandies ♥
Oh and One Last Thing. I do have ONE finish for the month but don't have a photo yet - I gave Xavier his knitted slippers without pulling out my camera. Photo of proof next time!
'til then,
Happy stitches,


KaHolly said...

First of all, congratulations on accomplishing your OMG! Looks great! I love seeing your farm pics!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Woohoo for you! It is so rewarding to make a goal and yours is such a pretty one! Love seeing the calves. I know farming is a lot of work, but it must be so rewarding. Enjoy the day.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh my, feeding 50 calves!!! I've only fed out three at a time........... :) They are rather cute though.. and your OMG for the month is gorgeous! Well done for finishing! xx

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

glad you got in your quilting goals - I'm sure it is very hard to get in your quilting around farm chores. My niece has a small farm with mixture of animals and when the new little animals make an appearance she is very busy - she mainly has goats, sheep and some cattle

Maria said...

Well done getting your stars not only completed but sewn onto the centre block too!
Lots of work on the farm at calving time but they're so cute...
Lovely gift your DIL made for you.


I love how you did the border on the Christmas sampler--cute--
and how good that you made your monthly goal--
and I love babies--even cow babies!!!
and the scrabble item is so neat--what a great idea!!
luv, di
the guy who lives upstairs over me, has his grandkids visiting, and they sound like they are
jumping all around--hope one doesn't come through the ceiling!!!!

Connie said...

Oh, look at those babies :) I once helped deliver a calf those Mom was in distress. To a farmgirl like you, that is everyday life, but to me it was a memory that I will never forget :)
You certainly have a big jump on Christmas . . . way to go, sister!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love your blocks and the cute.

Jenny said...

Such cute little calves, and who would have known that chickens like milk? Certainly not me! Congratulations on your lovely Christmas hanging.

Lisa J. said...

So many wonderful cow pictures. For the longest time my 2 year old grandson called all animals that weren't cats and dogs, cows. His vocabulary has expanded greatly over the last couple of weeks so he is no longer peering over fences in the middle of the city saying cow! Congratulations on finishing your goals two months in a row.

Mystic Quilter said...

Always happy to see your photos of happenings on the farm, I adore the calves! You have a very special gift there from the grandchildren, a real treasure!

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Patty said...

Cute cows and a lovely finish! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

kiwikid said...

Well done on reaching your monthly goal. So good to see the farm photos, never knew chooks liked milk!! Wonderful picture from y9ur DIL.

Helen said...

You always have so many wonderful things to show.....great post.

Karen S said...

Lovely result with the stars. And well done meeting your goal.
Even more amazing when you are so busy at this time of year. Looks like the chickens are thanking you for the milk with all the eggs they are producing.

Janice said...

I knew you would meet your goal. Well done. They look great around the stitchery. Thanks for taking us for a tag along tour of your farm work. The calves are cute and nice to see the chooks rewarding you with lots of milk enriched eggs.

Susan said...

I know it's a lot of hard work, but what a lovely life you have. =) Congratulations on making your goal.