We had some different entertainment on our way to church this morning. There was a classic car show in Kaikoura yesterday, and the cars were on their way home this morning. We probably saw around a hundred of them–didn’t think to count till we were nearly there! This post is mainly for my brothers who like old cars–we were thinking of you as we enjoyed the “parade”.
WARNING! If you are squeamish you may want to skip this post!
We actually took a field trip last week! We don’t often do that, but Gayle organized a tour for us of the place he works. It is a small meatworks, although the largest employer in the district. They process cattle, sheep and pigs, doing everything from slaughter to sausages, hams and bacons. We found the tour very interesting! Our children have grown up butchering and were totally fascinated.
I showed you this picture a few days ago and asked if anyone knew what it was. The answer? Cornmeal mush, with butter in it! I ground blue corn, then soaked it overnight in goat’s whey before cooking it. The butter is extra-orange because it was made from colostrum. Delicious!
Baby is crawling already! He’s been getting around for a few weeks already, pulling himself along on his tummy by his arms, but today he’s nearly given that up in favor of crawling the normal way. This is the earliest we’ve had one crawling–he is 5 months and 22 days, about 3 days earlier than our previous earliest. Looks like a busy life ahead, if this is any indication.
I keep thinking about things to blog about, but real life keeps getting in the way. So, here are a bunch of pictures to give you a glimpse into the past couple of weeks.
Almost crawling!Gayle and the boys built the framework for raised beds on Saturday.
We were peacefully working on finishing school around noon today, when someone knocked on the door. It was our next-door neighbor, and she had 8 chicks in a bucket. Something had killed their mother this morning, probably a stoat, and she didn’t have time to raise them. Did we want them, and two more that were running around in their paddock? Sure–we’ll take any unwanted animal! (Except a dog.) She took two of the boys with her to catch the last two chicks, and ran to town for me to pick up some feed for them, because I don’t have the van today. I worked on fixing up a home for them. We couldn’t find the hanging light socket we’ve used before for baby birds, so I improvised with a couple of hot water bottles. The younger boys found wood chips and made a water and food dish out of peanut butter jars (plastic) and we are all set! There is a cheerful cheeping sound in the living room now.
Last evening I came into the living room and found Gayle and the two youngest at the piano. The second-youngest had told his daddy that he wanted to sing him “a beautiful song”. Totally spontaneously, he was singing, “Jesus is on the cross” and playing the piano to accompany himself. It was so sweet that I grabbed the camera to record the scene! The blurry places in the video are just because the light was dim.