This conversation led me to the thought of change and how varied it can be. How it is intertwined in our life and how we deal with it. We spend a fair amount of time researching, and thinking about ways to improve our farming methods. Mixing new and traditional methods of raising animals that will achieve optimum health and welfare are of course a constant here. We make regular innovations, adjustments and revisions to achieve this. We look for change in animal and pasture, keep a close eye on their frame, coat sheen and body language. If we see a change in any of these we start to develop a plan on correction. Pasture is an equally important part of farming . The health of the grasses will determine the health of the creatures it supports. Specific plant invasion could be a sign of its condition. Buildings also go through transformation. Repairs must be made and sometimes new buildings must replace old ones.
The new life that appears on the farm are among our happiest moments. Observing calves, piglets, chicks and such can bring a smile to even the most downhearted.Relationships develop between animals of the same species and sometimes between the most unseemly ones. We've had pigs who loved to romp with the goats and calves who have grown an attachment to us, following us everywhere( sounds cute until they get to be 500 lbs and want to play). Who can resist the warm feeling you get when watching animals living carefree. I dare you not to smile when holding a tiny newborn goat, chick or piglet. We have the good fortune to experience this every day.
. We have had amny changes in our life and have found that the last few years have been predominant in terms of the shift thats happening within our family and on the farm. Our children are grown and are well on their way to independence and while it's wonderful to see what great people they have grown into, we miss the busyness of our household. I think about all the times I cleaned up clutter from "my slobs" and all the complaints I expressed while doing this task. There are times when I wish the clutter back to relive those moments. Our parents are also changing. They can do less and require more help. This is a hard time for them. They are fiercely independent and are trying to negotiate their way through this part of life. These times are difficult for us too. As much as I would like our lives to be "status qou", I also have to respect these transitions and support them as best we can.
Change can be good, bad and ugly! But it is what it is. It sometimes makes you put things into perspective and think about the would haves and the could haves, but really it gets you nowhere. It is inevitable. It will happen. We just have to move on. I say this with great respect as some changes require more time, patience and support to get through. I completely get it. I'm not saying it's easy. It is what it is!