After we were all worn out with that we headed out to Uncle Peter and Uncle Stewart's dairy farm. We hung around for a while and then got to watch the cows being milked. We all enjoyed a cup of fresh milk then went to feed the calves. Some of the calves were only a few days old and had to be shown how to feed off the calf feeders (read muscled onto). We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Isaac, Paul and I were also affected by the Darwinian nature of farming and seeing the few sick and dying/dead calves. We didn't miss how tough a job it is to be a dairy farmer, and the miniscule financial rewards currently available, as the supermarkets keep up the price war on milk. Uncle Stewart essentially works long days, 7 days a week most weeks of the year, and his share farmer works even harder than him, to generally not break even.
I will have to work on my spongecakes as Pen's cherry sponge was simple and inspiring. It was great for all of us to spend a little quantity time with my Aunt and Uncle, despite the crazy busyness of their lives at the moment. Thankyou so much Aunty Pen and Uncle Stu. We loved our visit and love you both very much!