Nor any drop to drink

When I left home on Tuesday afternoon there’d been one full carton of milk in the fridge and another almost empty so it didn’t occur to buy any more on my way home last night.

But late this morning I went to make a roulade for lunch and found there was just one milk carton with a dribble in the bottom.

I whipped over to the office to borrow some and discovered why – they’d run out yesterday and borrowed some from the house.

The irony of returning to the kitchen to find milk powder wasn’t lost on me – 1,200 dairy cows ought to mean milk, milk everywhere but in spite of that there’s not enough to cook with nor any drop to drink.

6 Responses to Nor any drop to drink

  1. gravedodger says:

    Have a chat to your farmer, maybe a house cow, make some yoghurt, butter and cheese. So much fun. During the Wairarapa sojourn after milking a small herd at Waipara for house keeping money, we chose to get a housecow circa 1980. Stock agent took us to a farm at Gladstone to view a small herd of IC heifers. While he waxed lyrical airing his knowledge of what makes a good cow I just wandered among them till I found one that allowed me to approach to where I could touch her and she was it. Unfortunately she never got in calf again but remembering an aged aunt in my childhood who milked a cow in the depths of Sydenham in ChCh for many years, 9 if my memory is accurate, without a subsequent pregnancy, I continued to milk “Biddy” for over four years and made a range of dairy products with the milk. She had freerange of some semi waste ground and I would seek her out with a beer crate and a bucket make a collection and go home for breakfast. Times were simpler then,Hell there were about 5 dairy companies in the Wairarapa alone. Memories.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Ah GD, when I lived on Great Mercury Island a married couple was employed and one of the conditions of their coming was that a house cow came too.

    She was placid and a good producer for those with the right technique but that techunique, and all but a dribble of milk from her, eluded me.


  3. medusa says:

    Can anybody say why we can’t get ‘Double cream’ here? When in Countdown a few weeks ago the couple in front of me at the checkout were asking the checkout chick the same thing (they were Brits) I see Meadowfresh is now marketing full cream milk, ideal for baking/cooking, but my ice cream maker sits idly in its box as all the recipes call for double cream!!


  4. pdm says:

    The problem with the modern Dairy Cow is that they won’t stand still in the paddock while you pop a bucket underneath and milk them as my father used to do with our house cow. I alway had to put it in the bail and leg rope it.


  5. Paul Tremewan says:

    I learned to milk by hand in Whenuakite on the Coromandel in the mid 1950s, [pronounced by locals in those days as ”Whenukit’!] before power went though to that part of the coast. I still remember the warm billies of unpasteurised milk….
    And now its so easy… there is an Asian we-sell-everything shop 50m away from the office in High Street…. and they have little cartons of full cream milk all the time… and only $1.20!! The office never runs out of milk… Ele: you and your farmer should move to the city…. you never run out of milk there!!!


  6. homepaddock says:

    Medusa – sorry, I’m not even sure what double cream is but will do some investigating.

    Paul re: “you and your farmer should move to the city….”

    How much land to run how many stock units could we afford to buy there?

    It would be easier to get better communication betwixt kitchen and office 🙂


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