Friday, 3 August 2012

Tucker's Up

From the time the children arrive home from school every afternoon, the feeding ritual begins.

Firstly the kids, always at their hungriest at this time of day.

And then the animals.

Fat black Opal, my milker's calf, the only calf not in the weaner yard.

Unlike these youngsters, still mournfully searching for Mama.

These bad boys being prepared for the Brahman Week sale in early October,

if not sold beforehand (fingers crossed).

While Wallace remained home on this occasion to chop wood, these girls worked hard

on climbing

and skylarking.

We really can't complain about our Winters when this is usual afternoon attire, can we?

Heading back for home,

pigs are waiting for dinner

kicking up a ruckus that needs to be heard to be believed.

We often break for refreshments at this stage,

still enjoying mandarins off the young tree near the pig pen.

Dogs are put away for the night,

another batch of sorghum boiled for the pigs,

and chooks,

harassed fed by Sal.

With everybody fed, we head back to the house, in time to grab some washing off the line before moving inside for preparation of the next meal.


  1. I have never had pigs, what does boiling the sorghum do? Is it some sort of mash then that you add to a feed?
    Your afternoons look like mine, except I don't let my kids eat much as they then only pick at dinner, which really annoys me! Plus I feed my doggies in the morning, as I need my shepherds more alert at night.

  2. Gosh it is a busy afternoon for you and the kids ... Everyday's must do chores ... the more animals the more work. Would love to have piggies oneday, done a little research on piggy food and have found a veg called a mangle from the rootbeet, and have managed to get some seeds on Ebay. Should grow well up your way in winter. (worth googling)Massive root and leaves both edible. What else do you cook for the pigs? Lovely pics

  3. It is the feeding that takes the time isn't it, and I only have five chooks and five children?! You are a champ! Pity they can't all eat the same thing!
    The piglets at kindy last week made such a noise when they saw the milk bucket being mixed up. It reminded me of newborn babies waiting for the food. Guess they are all the same and it will always be a huge chunk of our days.

  4. It looks like feeding time is fun for everyone in your family Fiona!

  5. it isn't a lot different up here, although am currently calf-less in the back paddock; these kids too are STARVING after school but find mum gets a bit cranky if they are and there is food left in lunchboxes.

    my biggest problem is though, even though we have a routine and the same animals get fed the same thing day after day after day, that I STILL have to yell and tell the kids to feed said animals, and STILL have to tell them (the kids) to get in the bath. I tried not saying anything one afternoon: result, kids playing until darkness fell, and hungry animals that I had to feed myself.

  6. It's all part of the routine of country life isn't it? It's a good feeling when everyone is fed and locked up for the night. Mare

  7. We're wearing considerably more layers than you guys!! Just a tad chillier. Hubby looks like the Michelen man when he goes out just after dawn to check the calving heifers LOL. We don't have as many to feed each afternoon - some weaners, chooks, dog and cats. Oh and the children first! Its good when the boys are old enough to split the wood :)



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