Yesterday Connor our second woofer joined the fold.
It is a funny thing how a person begins an intense communication with me as they travel across the country and sometimes across the world to my little farm. As they get closer our txts and calls get more frequent as I navigate them closer to the farm, like an air traffic controller, until we are almost old friends by the time they arrive nervous but at least they know they are in the right place.
It sometimes feels like they become like a little red kite on the loose in the billowing wind of public transport, un-moored from their homes, not exactly sure where they are going and as they swoop past me I have to jump and grab the trailing string and haul them in and guide them down, then settle them beside me and off we go.
Connor took a train from New York all the way to Chicago, then another down into the country and at the end of a 24 hour journey practically fell off the train into my little car. He was eager to get to work but was falling asleep with his arms in the sink. So he was sent to bed early. Today he will begin to get his bearings. There is a lot to take in during the first few days and he traveled a long, long way. Imagine seeing a live pig for the first time!
Today we begin to plant the tomatoes, and finish clearing out Poppy’s pen. If she is to have piglets this rotation it will be in 8 – 10 days. I need to look up a picture from her last pregnancy at this stage. If I have time that is! And anyway a sow will look different at this stage, she was a gilt last time. H ere are a few old shots. Poppy with 7 days to go. Poppy with 10 days to go. I will try to get a side on shot of her today so we can compare. But I think we will know for sure in the next couple of days.
Things are hotting up.
I hope you have a lovely day.
PS The magnolia in the header was hit badly by that snow and frozen weather last week. The pink one is struggling along but the yellow blooms on the little tree are all brown and that tree will not bloom. Ah well. Worse things happen at sea.