Poppy (the Hereford sow) has been re-located to the house of sinful pleasures also known as the West Barn. She leapt into the trailer without any enticement and the red truck towed her chariot around the corner. If there had been a sunroof she would have popped her head through the top and smiled into the wind. And now she is settled in her new pen close to Manu (the Hereford Boar). Manu was very – um – excited about having her come to visit. We just have to wait until Poppy is excited then they can get together. So far no-one has broken anything – so all good.
Meanwhile back at the home barn (after a bit of shoveling) Amanda and I opened the gates for Sheila my big fat pig and the twins, Molly and Tahiti, to join ranks. Sheila was in quite the mood, she marched through the two smaller pigs nipping and growling at them, she stalked straight down the corridor and with matronly determination turned directly to the corner where Molly and Tahiti usually sleep and LAY DOWN IN THEIR BED. The two gilts were horrified. Molly and Tahiti spent the rest of the afternoon poking their heads very slowly around the corner to see if she was still there then galloping back out of sight. They are terrified of Sheila.
Amanda and I worked in the barn for a while so we could observe and later in the night I went out to check them and Sheila had (much to the twins relief) gone back to her own bedroom and the two smaller pigs were happily asleep in their usual corner, I hope they will all sleep together soon because it is starting to get cold. And Sheila is a magnificent source of heat. Though pigs being pigs I think they will battle it out for a few days yet.
The weather is wintry now. We have had even more rain. The basement is flooding again. The wind is howling straight out of the freezing North and last night the rain turned to ice as it fell. Today will be interesting. All the North and East doors in both barns are closed up tight.
Good morning. Even though we are working in a puggy stinky mess no-ones spirits are dampened. The farming goes on and everyone has lots of hay to eat and a dry spot out the weather to sleep.
I hope you have a lovely day.