I was fortunate to be able to take some time off this weekend to spend on the farm with the animals, mainly the dogs, but also to see two new additions in the form of new ‘wassi patow’ female calves. There is always great joy at the birth of female calves as when they are artificially inseminated by the local government vet. They are able to used as milk cows, the which is the whole reason for having a herd. This when contrasted with the birth of a male calf, who whatever one does to prevent it ends up one day as eaten flesh! See some of my previous blog posts relating to that inevitability.
The most important task this weekend was to spend some time with the dogs that I spent the least of my time with due to my disability, and whom I have not even named properly. They were called Yakshi and Surakshi, not altogether suitable names, but which came naturally due to their nature of jumping up to bite one’s nose when they were acquired as pups. They are a pair of Rhodesian Ridgeback bitches who hitherto have been brought up together in their own kennel, and not really trained or let out side of their dog runs.
What is unique is the coloring, which I have not seen. It is a ash or fawn hue. Anyway they are now not as aggressive as they used to be and have calmed with age. I just hope the instructions of giving them fresh milk in the mornings along with their meals later that usually include fish will fatten them up. They being very active means that however much they eat at the moment, is not evident in their size.
The other disappointment was that we have not been able to sell any king coconuts for the past month. This is partly due to the wet weather but mainly because a company in Homagama, which used to send staff to pluck and buy from the property at a reasonable price, ostensibly for canning and export is not doing this anymore. Apparently the canning king coconut is no longer being performed for reasons that I can only guess. I always thought that canning takes away the freshness as well as the chemical process used to preserve king coconut water make the whole idea of a natural nutritious drink fade into oblivion. There was a time when I sold about 2000 king coconuts a week from the back of my pickup truck to small timers in Colombo, along Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, where the Foreign Employment Bureau is located and along Reid Avenue where the Colombo University is located. They have now been banished by the Ghotabaya clean-up campaign and replaced with Coca Cola sales, a typical Americanization by the American Citizen, another example of deeds by the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
in April 2011