My root buddies: Carrots, parsnips and salsify. After Karen added some of them to her mighty fine home-made chicken vegetable soup, the aroma and gentle flavor of parsnips coaxed me into buying more seeds to plant this year. They keep much better underground than carrots. They're perfect while most of the carrots are riddled with lines and grit and are rather sharp in a carroty way.
Today, another day, another surprise. That's what life on a farm is all about. Poppy, one of our Mini LaManchas, bayed more than normal overnight and her ligaments loosened, but because she didn't paw the ground or drip mucus we figured she had several hours to go. I went off to the cabin to practice. When Karen went out to check on her, she found an extra hoof hanging out. Boom, shazam, or should I say Shamus?
I returned in time to watch Karen reach inside to pull out our first stillbirth. Shamus, though, is alive and well.
"What happened to the other?" asks Virginia.
I said last rites and donned my undertaker's cap.