The nights are coming so early and the clouds have been so thick and low lately that it seems to me I have to start evening chores straight after lunch or I won’t be done by dark. Sunset is at 4.24pm.
Luckily Our John has taken to the milking and is doing very well, so while he milks I can zoom around the farms feeding and watering and be back inside by 4pm when it begins to get dark. My animals go to sleep at dark so I like them to be all tucked up according to their natural rhythms when it is cold.
The plonkers have come in from the Rat House paaddock and are lodged in the barn as five of them are sold on Wednesday so I have to draft out the five biggest. Plus there is snow forecast for today and if we get snow and then it melts, the trailer will not be able to get across the muddy fields. And if by some happy chance (I love snow) the snow does not melt it is hard to run pigs up to the barn through snow drifts so I am erring on the side of caution (actually I am erring on the side of what is easiest for me and the least traumatic for my pigs).
And now that I am ahead of the game there will probably be no snow at all and I will be sad because it has been so gray and gloomy lately that snow would be a nice break. They are forecasting between one and three inches but we will see. Our temperatures are hovering around the low thirties. 32F is freezing point. I am not sure it is cold enough for a significant snow “event” as they say.
Boo is still limping though I think he is putting his foot down a little more now, (lots of wishful thinking there) but when he pauses he definitely holds it up off the ground. I miss having him with me all day. I take him outside with me on a leash then he goes to his chain or he will be hooning about jumping on and off everything. But he looks so despondent, and he is so BORED! But I have to believe that the forced rest of that joint is helping the cartilage build up around it as protection.
Do you see Mr Flowers’s tail growing back in? The eyes are showing – it is going to be a beautiful long tail this year.
I am going to get to work early, the snow is forecast to roll in about 9am so I intend to have all the chores done by then.
I hope you have a lovely day.