The past few days have been 'cow-focused'!
We have been very thankful for our stanchion that Crandon built.
Our first shot at milking went surprisingly well, considering AnneBelle, Crandon, and my lack of experience in this department! We got a good quart that first try.
The next time around was a bit (a lot) more challenging! We had an unhappy cow who was moving around, swinging her tail and upsetting her feed pan. That morning we got well over a half gallon, but her foot ended up in the bucket so it went to the chickens. The chickens weren't too sure about this liquid white stuff at first, but they finished it up eventually!
The next few times have gone progressively better, which is a good thing because I'm on my own tonight! We aren't getting a whole lot of milk, only about a quart each time, but it's still adding up in our fridge! The cream is delicious in my morning coffee, but neither of us have ever been big milk drinkers so I made some chocolate syrup last night to flavor some of it for straight drinking. Yum! I think I'm going to make yogurt next.
Crandon also finished up a beautiful olive wood cutting board! It's pieced from wood that he cut down, dried, planed, and cut into planks. It is so silky smooth it seems a shame to actually use it!