Well, today is the day. We knew it would come, soon or later, but probably preferred later rather than sooner.
Marigold decided to take early retirement a couple of days ago.
She basically took the initiative and decided by herself not to come in to be milked. ANd, she has refused steadfastly. Mind you, she didn't have a whole lot of milk and will dry up easily.
But now, until we find a FERTILE bull, we're out of the milk business for the time being. We had a bull here shortly after Marigold calved. The bull was here for three heat cycles, but neither cow bred. So we are currently the proud owners of two unbred cows: Marigold and Honeysuckle and neither is in the motherhood framework short of nine months, now.
And, just between you and me? I am glad of the rest. Feel like I am foot-loose and fancy-free! Not that I have any spectacular plans, but twice a day, making sure we're here...and what's more, MAKING all the dairy products and staying ahead of them....well, I'm glad of the vacation. And, I guess that makes two of us, if Marigold gets to vote!