In my Kitchen

Timatanga Moana the KuneKune Pig walks about the house squeaking like a badly oiled door. You know the one. The Hitchcock Door.  The Virginia Wolf Door. The elongated Footsteps Man squeak as it opens and the bad guy creeps through.  Accompany that with the pitter patter of four little hoofy feet on the wood floors and then a small purry noise, a crikk, crikk, crikk when she finds my bouncing foot.  A woodish sound like a tree in a wind.  This is a noisy baby. She wants food – lots of it , So far she eats apples, peanut butter, peas, broccoli, yoghurt, milk, rabbit food and hay.  You can imagine the state of the snug.

There is absolute silence when she finds the wood stove because she is laid in front of it; fast asleep.  There is no way I can describe to you a pig sleeping in front of the fire in my sitting room.  At no time in my life did I wake up and think to myself, “You know what?  I want a pig who will lay down and sleep in front of the fire.”

But she is like a two year old in the kitchen. Everything is upturned, pushed about, investigated, tasted and played in.  And the moment the dishwasher opens she is running from wherever she is to the kitchen. It is her favourite thing. (Other than smashing down her dog gate). But she is too short to climb inside the dishwasher and spends some considerable time squealing in frustration trying to haul her fat little body up onto the door,  until I lift her fat ront feet back off the door and shut it. There now I say, Off you go. No babies in the dishwasher.

Here; I will show you 5 minutes in the kitchen.

Oh speaking of kitchens! At the beginning of every month our friend Celia hosts a page called In My Kitchen.  I am almost never organised enough to show what is in my kitchen at the beginning of every month. But this month! I am! In my kitchen is a pig!


This is not a set up. I was on the phone talking to the man about feeder  pigs and there was a crashing noise and Tima had knocked over the bucket of milk.

There was  not much in the bucket so only a lick of milk spilt..


so she crept into the bucket to get the last drop.


Then she tried to climb into the dishwasher for a spot of clean-up.



Marmalade, sittiing at the kitchen table, made sure we all knew that he was absolutely not involved in any way with these piggie antics in the kitchen! At all, thank you very much.

Celia keeps her In The Kitchen Column open until the 10th if you want to join in.

We had torrential downpours and high winds yesterday which was fine with us barn animals as it was sheltered and lovely in  there and I got heaps of work done. I even found a sitting hen in the peacock palace!  Speaking of peacocks we will be going to that animal market place again (we go the first Sunday of every April) this Sunday to see if we can find a peacock for Tui and Pania. We will never forget Kupa, but I would like these girls to have a mate.  I will try very hard to ONLY come home with a peacock.  Of course last year I came home with Boo.  The year before it was Kupa.

Sunday will be busy because the feeder pigs arrive that day too. These are two pigs that I will raise for the family freezers.  This year it is hard to find piglets to raise, they are very expensive, due to the virus that is running rampant through American and Canadian piggeries. And I am a working farm. I raise food here. I feed people.  I like to feed people.  If I could not grow my own meat I would not eat it. Especially now. For me it is very important to know where my food comes from. This is why I have this little farm.  This is why I do what I do.

Have a lovely day.

Your friend on the farmy




64 Comments on “In my Kitchen

  1. Best In My Kitchen Post – EVER!
    Have a beautiful weekend C and happy shopping on Sunday. Can’t wait to see “who” you bring home with you.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. And you do it so well! Morning Celi – glad you have moments of fun in your kitchen. My kitchen is always the place to be, with the dogs, cats and sometimes the odd chicken who has sneaked in!
    Weather has turned nice here so busy with gardening for three clients and trying to catch up on my own. Have peas and beans in the ground, next will be the potatoes (waiting on them to start sprouting), have started loads of seeds in the greenhouse. so it is all go!
    Hugs Lyn

  3. Oh my goodness! Tima is a handful — but a gorgeous one! Of course she wanted to clean up after her foray in the milk pail! I giggled my way through your post this morning. Snowing here this morning – hope you have a good day!

  4. That little Tima trying to climb into the dishwasher, then upending the cartoon of milk and climbing into it for the last drop, is so reminiscent of a very young child, that it’s precious. And must resurrect some memories of those early days…

  5. i wonder why she is so interested in the dishwasher? i guess she is curious about everything. i can’t wait to see what you bring home from that market! will you ever have a goat?

  6. I gotta add, too, that her little body inserted, just so, into the milk pail is a prize-winner. Is it going to become problematic that she’s growing oh-so-accustomed to being a house-pig? She’s a smart one, that’s for sure.

  7. Not good for a dishwasher door to have a piggy leaning on it, but she is so sweet , and so tiny!
    I always wanted to have a pig, very much like having a dog, one with a curly tail and if possible one that talks like Babe in the film. One that would follow me about and that I could take for walkies….just day dreaming…but I think your Tima is as near as I would ever get……Maybe when she is 200 lbs she will be more ladylike and not dash about like a madperson

    love you and your animals…will be interesting to see what (or who) comes back from the market

  8. Too funny, that little arse hanging out of the pail. She is very determined, isn’t she. Boo was not on the job! 🙂 I think we need a picture of a pig sleeping in front of the woodstove. A pig on the hearth, ha

    • I just read that article from the Wall Street Journal. Made my stomach turn a bit. Thanks for the info tho.

  9. What a cute little pig. She got lucky when you picked her . It’s raining in Germany. We’re remodeling my mother’s bathroom so she get into it with her walker. What a mess!

  10. At no time in my life did I wake up and think to myself, “You know what? I want a pig who will lay down and sleep in front of the fire.”–that, my friend, made me laugh out loud and read to the hubby as we both enjoyed your pictures today. I think Tima is part dog with the dishwasher attraction! How adorable. Thank you for the glimpse of Marmalade. I have missed him.

  11. Sorry, but pig; kitchen; fire; crackling. No matter what, that fourth word just keeps popping in there. My April “In My Kitchen” isn’t nearly as interesting as yours. Actually, my life isn’t nearly as interesting as yours. 🙂

  12. I love love love that little piglet! How big do they grow? Not that I’m thinking about getting one, no I’m not. Really. I really must get into that beautiful “In my kitchen” post, I never think of it when I have something interesting in my kitchen. I can feel the rains in my head, I suspect it’s what you had yesterday.

  13. OMP (Oh my pig!) So adorable!! Tima reminds me of someone… I’m trying to put my snout on it… who can be? Oh yeah ME! Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  14. Love your little piggie. Her love of the dishwasher reminds me of a pug I had years ago who did the same thing, only he eventually learned to hoist his fat little body up on the door. Your pictures and commentary make me want a pig of my own, only that’s never going to happen here in the city. So it shall have to be another pug.

  15. Oh, Celi, I think this is one of my favorite posts. While Daisy deer was in our home as a little fawn, and I had just taken on two new Japanese chin fosters, plus my own two Chin, the house was in shambles… but oh so much entertainment and love. You are the luckiest woman in the world!

  16. We are expecting our feeder pigs this next week too! We will be purchasing ours from a Hutterite community on the east side of the mountains. So far the Hutterites don’t seem to have been effected by the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus so our prices remain the same as years past (whew! thank goodness!). How much did you have to pay for your little guys this year?

    • They will be 100 each at a small discount. They will be about 50 pounds in weight. This is a clean farm too, but he is sellling at national market rates and they have skyrocketed. Ah well the alternative is no bacon at all.. and I have all this milk just waiting for them.. How much are yours? c

  17. I laughed so hard this morning when I checked in to see what’s up in your very interesting menagerie! LOL
    So much cuteness I laughed out loud and had to show Summer the piggy and kitty! So much fun in your kitchen!!!!
    Pigs are at an all time high price wise these days…for quite of few years the price was way down and not much profit in it at all.
    Things are better for the cattle and pigs markets now! Just made ribs for lunch! Yum!
    Hard to find a pig for deer season these days!
    Have a great day and thank you for the cheeriness this morning!
    Always, Mere and Summer 😀 😀

  18. Gosh that’s a scary report. Just read it to Chloe and we both are not surprised. Corn and soy meal with probably Monsanto products, pig plasma, probably antibiotics and the sort. No wonder the food supply is crashing. No harm to the human population…Oh don’t get me started. Ok, off the soap box now. Also, now C is convinced there will be a Petunia in our future next year…and a road trip to visit you as a bonus! 🙂

    • How absolutely wonderful! I should start her breeding for late next spring. Fingers crossed.. Petunia! wonderful. and you can come and stay in the Coupe. wow.. c

  19. So … just where is John watching the rugby these days 🙂 In my Kitchen is never going to be able to top this post! 🙂 🙂 Laura

  20. Today my DH and I laughed so loud that our Lobo actually opened his eyes from his nap. The best post ever, Celi.

  21. Onyx, my Mom’s formerly feral cat was mad about the dishwasher — always wanted to get in it and was never so pleased with herself as when someone left the door open and she could walk around inside. Animals are odd.

  22. I LOVE that you have a pig in your kitchen! Tima is the cutest thing ever, but how long will you be able to keep her in the house? And what a smart thing she is. Thanks for sharing her with all the IMK friends – we’ve had ladyredspecs with a seal colony outside her kitchen window, and Judy with a bear in her backyard, but this is the first time we’ve had a pig in the kitchen! 😀

    • This weekend she will start spending her days in the barn sunroom while I am working out there, but she is so small i might keep bringing her in at night.. her plan keeps changing.. the weather is still so horrible.. c

      • You could get one of those dog/cat ramps so she could get on your bed and sleep with you. Bet she would love to snuggle. (smile)

  23. Just read that newspaper article about pigs and I am very disturbed and disgusted. I had no idea that this was going on. We raise our own beef and chickens and now it looks that if we want pork we will have to raise it ourselves, also.

    • I thought it was quite a well balanced article too.. no madness or hype, just the facts .. and that kind of informed impassionate reporting makes it even more disturbing.. c

  24. Ive read a number of In My Kitchen posts and have enjoyed them all. I think it safe to say, Celi, that yours is the first one that featured a pig on the dishwasher door, trying to get in. Just like the farmy, this post and pig are one of a kind.
    I sent it right to you know who. I’m sure she loved it. Have a great evening. 🙂

  25. I love the Farmy version of an IMK post 🙂
    The ‘virus’ article alerts without being too alarming but it does open the door to much need investigation and regulation… Will people never get that shortcuts in food processing just don’t work?

  26. I am an ardent lover of Celia’s column and the IMK posts. I am sorry to be so undiplomatic, but this IMK ‘takes the cake’! I have laughed till I had happy tears in my eyes . . . . I am just looking forwards when there are going to be families of kunekunes wandering around [in the kitchen?] just asking for us to say ‘aww’!!!!!!

  27. All I can say is that if I had Tima she would be sleeping with me by now! tiny and exquisite… she’d be the love of my life…

    • she will get bigger, but I am going to be breeding them in NZ too, just as soon as my son buys some land! When I come home in October my son and i are going to do a recce! So … careful what you wish for.. c

      • C, I read an article about KuneKune’s digestion………the conversion of protein to fat is unbelievable; no wonder they’re rotund.

        • yikes.. please send me that article.. she is already on a strict diet, I need that grass to grow..!

          • C, I can’t find the article I read about the protein conversion to fat. The New Zealand society has good information on basic feeding rates for ages. Most sites suggest 14% protein a day being the optimum amount. Milk to be diluted and some suggest no eggs or eggshells. I think this is probably information you know already. E

  28. The most beautiful and entertaining ‘in my kitchen’ post ever. I adore pigs and love the story of this one. Does she like being scratched?

  29. That piggie is so cute. Lying in front of the fire to sleep – who would have thought it? Good luck with the peacock-and-only-a-peacock mission!

  30. What a lovely post and your little pig in the kitchen is quite cute and curious as you said…the photos are great! 🙂

  31. I want a pig in my kitchen. She is so adorable. Very upset that we can’t get the breed in Australia. I fell in love with them in NZ, but they were full grown and not quite as cute

  32. Such a fun post! Love that you have such a cute piggy in your kitchen!

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