You Ever Say, F-it, I’m Sitting In The Sun


Lumi seems to run his life this way. Yeah, he could totally chase that chicken, but aaaaaah, the sun, it warms. I’ll get to that later. What? Morning hot chocolate stain on my nose? Meh. Not now. I’ll procrastinate later.



I feel a Little Book Of Lumi coming on.


Burger, Hold The Bun


Our kids LOVE the burgers.  Burgers are so quick and easy and yummy.  The weather here right now is sunny and inspiring, you can’t wait to fry up something outside.  Smell the lilacs.  Feel the breeze.  Make sure the herd is in.  Make sure the pupple is behaving.


We had a great time at a barbecue last Sunday.  Hamburgers and amazing salads were up for grabs.  The kids seem to love eating the hamburgers. These were proper hamburgers with buns and cheese and sauce. The bun is the magic.  I rarely bun because my buns need some work.  I have yet to make a proper hamburger bun.

Today, we had burgers without the bun. It all worked well. The flavor is there. The kids seem connected to that flavor.

Note to selfie, you cannot say “hamburger” to Zèlie. She will correct you sternly with the fact that there is no “ham” in “hamburgers.” Ham is a completely different dish. This here, is a burger.

Let Me Tell You A Secret About A Father’s Love


“Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then.” ( Aaron Barker, 1990 )

Brent put “Top 100 Country Songs” on the iPod. I have an iPod in the kitchen ( iPod did not sponsor this post. I would quite happily use a no-name USB stick from China. ). We play music in the kitchen and dance and sing and clean and cook. I’ve been listening to a wide range of country music and OH the lyrics. Some are hilarious, but most are sap written in a clever way, which make you laugh and cry at the same time. Magic. We have tissues in the kitchen. Country music is uniquely American. It is refreshing to understand American spirit through these lyrics and chord progressions.


I never knew I had such a connection to country music. One twang and I’m off with memories of BBQ and gatherings and Aunt Jean’s house. Boots, belt buckles, Uncle Harry’s car collection ( ten cars, but they are one ), the horse shoes, the pool games, the poker and country music. “Harry! Get me a Highball!”   All family and community. Us kids had a great time. We mostly avoided all that and ran around all silly-like eating chips and drinking Coke. This same feeling occurs here in France. Except for the poker and the horse shoes and the pool games and the country music. You are left with a community having a great time. Activities are secondary.


“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, A secret that my daddy said was just between us”

We are in the heat of this family and the heat of this farm. Kids are happy. Beef is tasty! Soon, the kids will be off as responsible, giving adults. Soon, this farm will be running smoothly.

“It is a love without end.”


and to snap you out of my Hallmark moment ( Hallmark did not sponsor this post either, I really should stop dropping names ) I bring you End, Amen “World In Decay”.  I’m sure they were also inspired by George Straight singing Aaron Barker’s “Love Without End, Amen”  Grass-fed beef, Deathrow Psychotic Waltz  … potato potato as they say.  We are all after health, happiness, self control and a great giggle. … or hair flap




A Silent Toddler Is A Cheeky Toddler


This is not the first time I’ve been arrested by the roar of a silent toddler. I’m on to her. We grow and raise as much as possible. Or we buy from local farmers direct. I go to the shops for chocolate, milk, cream, coffee and sugar. I borrow rice from the neighbors because I’m in denial about eating rice ( rice is now on the shopping list! ). Someday I will also stop buying veg. Someday, I will have a house cow. Baby steps.

When I unload, Z searches the bags to put things away. … or so I thought. Really, she is searching for the chocolate bar. This is the sound of silence.

Today, she went off to the treehouse. Cool, no worries, girl plays in the treehouse. Many minutes later, she surfaced with this bar of chocolate that was once a rectangle.


She is perfectly happy with her behavior and doesn’t require much dinner after.


Me: Did you eat a chocolate bar?
Z: Yes! Yes, I did!!!

Laughter, 1 Cent


Otto has read every Peanuts comic ever written.  Well, pretty close to that.  With his reading, he offers a stand.  Sometimes the stand will offer psychiatric advice.  Other times, you can win a prize or a glue stick.  But, it will always cost.  We try to support his entrepreneurial spirit.  I did well with his psychiatric advice on my crazy kids messing up our crazy house. 5 cents and my house feels cleaner already.  He delivers advice smoothly.

The latest stand is “Laughter for 1¢”  I thought that was a great price.  I’m always up for a laugh and would pay even more than 1¢ to get it.

Yes, Yes, Sun Again, But Hey! A Calf! No wait, Two!


Two more calves today. I love that they just pop out. The one above was tricky to tag. We are required to tag every animal on the farm. With Salers, you need to tag the calf on the first day. Otherwise, you will never catch them. I feel a rodeo event coming on.



The other calf was tagged easily.  Though, the little gal got lost in the bramble for the afternoon move.  Old Twistie, pictured above, is a great mum.  A calm mum.  A dedicated mum.  She helped Brent find where the calf was stuck.



Those blackberries need to go for this reason and many others.  A little calf can get stuck in all the shrub.  Brent opened up a hole for her to get out.  This would be easier with a tool, but he used his boot.  The calf came out.



He carried it out for Twistie to see.  She followed and joined the herd.



Oh the herd loves to smell and lick a new calf.



After the move, the calf, a few hours old, walked a long distance to get where all the hubbub was.


When Life Gives You Eggs

Girl On Grill Action


Make mousse.  I actually had to google, “how long do fresh eggs last?”  We’ve never had this backlog.  I love to make mousse because it uses the entire egg.  Yolks go with the chocolate, sweet bit.  The whites are whipped and give it texture.  Ice cream is wonderful, but you must make merengues.   It goes a little something like this :

1 bar of chocolate, cooking, noir, we used praline

80g of butter

— melty that

separate 4 eggs

whip the whites, add some sugar.  not much as your bar of chocolate is sweeter than you think

add the yolks to chocolate nirvana

foldy foldy

scoop into fancy mousse bowls

there it will set in the fridge until dinner


we tasted after three

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We Sow The Seed. Nature Grows The Seed



It’s time to broadcast some seed.  The soil is ready.  The sun is shining.  Rain is on the way.  Minty has her ear protection.  Lumi is looking for food.



Brent is putting in some clover on some of the pastures.  He filled the seeder.  Otto moved that lever he has been wanting to move.  So that’s what it does!



Seed ready.  Tractor ready.  Mint Mint cutey.



And not two minutes later, the wind came.  Not too much.  Then, rain a few hours later.  But, Brent got the seed in.  yeah!


Fat and Sunny



We moved the cows this afternoon.  This was their second move of the day.  Brent moves the herd two or three times a day depending on the grass, weather and other things.  Today was 29 C / 84 F ( according to my Skoda ).  We are giddy with warm.  As we approached the herd, they were chillin’ in the shade.  Or what shade they could find.  As you will notice, the leaves are not quite out yet.



Here is a steer profiting from the spring growth.



Here is some clover growing nicely to feed those cows.



Usually, when Brent arrives, the cows do a little “chow time” moo.  They get up.  They watch him build a fence.  They are very patient, those cows.  Today was different.  Not a single bovine budged.  Above, are two cows munching, but are paying no attention to the fact that Brent just took the wire down for their next section.



Still no cows as Brent pulls up the posts.  The two cows on the left actually went back to chill in the shade when the last temporary post was collected.



We left them like this.  A beautiful pasture to munch and they are too full and too comfortable to go munch.  I love this state in a cow.  Happy cows.



We walked off to look at the other paddocks.  It’s time to do some seeding.  The grass growth is amazing.

Best Day Ever

( photo by b. curtis )

The sun was doing the  sun thing. I feel sun drunk. So gorgeous. So much to do, but for whatever reason ( see sun ), it’s all good.



Kids running.  Making things happen.  Food happening.  Cows fattening.  Lawns mowed.  Total bliss.



And the lilacs.  Gorgeous smell.  Lots of sneezing.  There is so much daylight, we’ll have to enjoy this day for a few more hours.