Both Pearl and Maeby went dry while we were off attending to other things—for different reasons. Pearl was in year two of lactating and was ready to have some time off and get bred, and Maeby  perfected the art of not letting her milk down, except for her calf, which became a real problem when we sold her calf! So she essentially withheld her milk until she dried herself off. Rotten cow!

ED was not happy at all about the prospect of a winter with no milk (or cream, or butter—though I do have a pretty nice stash of cheese).  So she bought these two beauties: Joann and Madge.

So Pearl and Maeby are off at the neighbor’s getting bred, and we’re back in the milk!

ED and Bernard bought a cute little Morgan gelding today.  It sounds like he’s a lot more fun to ride than lazy Marlene. Speaking of Marlene, she’s smitten.



I offer this very cute picture as an apology for letting more than a month go by without posting. I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing—am I ready to start posting again? Or am I ready for an official hiatus?—and as soon as I know, I’ll let you know!

Isn’t she fat?

Isn’t she the cutest thing ever?

This is my take on Chaource, a bloomy-rinded semi-lactic cow milk cheese from the Champagne region of France. It is fluffy, melting to creaminess in the mouth; mushroomy and buttery, and this batch was aged (briefly) on Sweet Vernal Grass, so there are strong hay and vanilla notes.

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