Inspired by all the cute kiddies masks on the internet, I designed these masks for our unconventional Easter celebrations on the farm. The jakkals is my favourite but the girls preferred the hen and bunny masks. Print onto A4, cut out and keep your kids busy - for a while.
As you might recall, my chicken endeavours started with two wonderful red hens. Since my last chicken update, both have become someone else’s dinner. One was carried away in the middle of the night by an unknown predator while the other became a snack for Kleintjie.
Although sad, I find it’s an interesting parallel with what is happening with redheaded people. Not that they are becoming dinner, but that the red hair genes are slowly dying out…
Instead of buying more fancy Windhoek chickens, I opted to buy from someone right here.
Alister has many chickens all ranging in colours - from pitch black, gold, speckled and brown. His chickens are also more streetwise, not like KFC meals, but rather that they know how to survive between all the wild cats and eagles.
So I replaced the redheads with one black - and one black and gold hen. They don’t like hugs like the redheads used to, but they appreciate my koringkriek offerings.
The fat white chicken was a gift from Jan and also comes from a battery chicken operation. She weighs about 4kg’s , lays massive eggs and isn’t as wild as the other two but does take offence when you touch her breast. As most girls would I guess. The koringkrieke don’t really excite her, she’s more of a starch eater.
The past few weeks have been hectic. The last 2012 and all the 2013 calves have now been weaned and branded. Many cattle farmers have methods of making the process quick and easy. Unfortunately many of these methods include stressing the animal unnecessarily and using a Tazzer strong enough to immobilize an elephant.
Here, the animals are thrown onto their sides, held down, branded and let go. Even though it is quite dangerous, there is a 'wild west' vibe in the air on weaning days. A bit of ego and friendly competition between all the guys, a lot of hard work and good timing all help to defuse the high jinks environment which could easily become dangerous.
Nature has rewarded all the hard work with a double rainbow. Our best efforts couldn't quite capture the complete double rainbow on film but below is what we could manage.
This porcupine comes to visit every night. Usually he wants a dog bowl or similar shinny object to decorate his house with. Some nights you can hear the 'ting, ting, ting' of him walking away with a trophy of sorts.
Other nights he samples the plant life, destroying our vegetable gardens. Recently he is more interested in the chickens. Every night he digs a hole, in the same place, to get to the chickens. Last night we put the Stealth Cam (thanks Etienne and Michelle!) to catch him in the act.. and catch him we did!
As you can see, he is quite big. I love the first photo (top left) which is reminiscent of a JAWS moment.
Kleintjie doesn't find any of this funny and looks quite confused in the bottom right photo.
Around here, the rain drives you crazy. It's absence and abundance. Living through the ever-brown drought of last year made us forget what proper rain is.