Creaming things back at home

We safely returned from our trip to WA late Monday.  All went well at home while we were away with the 3 older kids taking up the reins of the chores including feeding all the stock and milking twice a day.  They even had to fix one of our internal fence lines when the strainer post snapped and they coped with that just fine too.
Kim and myself had a good time away, we enjoyed seeing Albany again, catching up with numerous friends and spending precious time with family.  Thanks very much to everyone who put us up (or as Sam says – put up with us) and fed us and spent time with us while we were there.  We could have talked for hours more, but really value what time we did have.
  Cathy&Pascoes
Josiah exercised his adventurous side at the Katanning all ages playground, and also had a great time at SciTech.
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Since being home we have been back into the swing of our do it yourself lifestyle.  First up we tried eating squab, which Lydia had to “process” while we were away.  Turns out it is delicious, rather like chicken only with more flavour and is very tender.  We are looking forward to having some more.
We tried out the cream separator too and it was really fun to see the milk coming out of one spout and lovely thick cream coming out of the other.  I am thrilled that now I can quickly and easily whip up Twinkle’s cream, which didn’t happen when I just tried to spoon the cream off the top of the milk.  Homemade whipped cream is delicious with some homemade brownie too.
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And with just a bit more whipping the cream readily turns into butter.  I am SO pleased.  Thanks again for the separator Aunty Mary and Uncle Norm, it works a treat!!!!
ButterPatting
We are getting about 10 litres of milk a day at the moment, and a bit under 10% of that is cream.  We will use the cream for butter and ice cream at least, and are open to other suggestions.  I tried a fetta cheese recipe yesterday, and may have to attempt a few more cheeses and yoghurt while I have such an abundance of milk.  Meanwhile the one remaining pig is getting the overflow, and he is not complaining.
It is certainly cool here now, we had the first snow on the mountains yesterday.  The firewood is holding out so far, hopefully we have enough to last us through this year.  Wood fires are great for the seriously cold days.
Well, I think that is about all of our news for the moment.  Take care all.
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