New fields

Yesterday after another  big farm to table lunch I shifted the cows to a new field, scooping the naughty baby bobby into the barn for the night as they went past. They all put their heads down and began munching on all that clover.

I am fairly sure now that neither Alex nor Aunty Anna are pregnant. They may have just been chubby from the spring grasses. They have both gone past numerous possible dates where the bull was seen breeding them.  He will be sold first I think. Breeding my own stock is not going to work.

There are plenty of calves around to buy anyway.  I will just do that.

Today  I go back to the field the cows just left and I will  mow the thistles left there. 

Above is beautiful Tia.

The little piglets are loving their new fields too.

Wai, The Amadillo rescue potbelly followed me out into the cows yards when I was scooping dirty straw in the evening.  I got a little stick to scratch his belly and he folded up like a turtle and lay at my feet. Just like a regular pig.  I tried not to worry about dirt getting into his wounds, laid my pitchfork on the ground and sat next to the pig for a while to scratch his belly.  he has never laid down beside me before. As you can see he cannot lay too far on his side. He is such a fat wee thing.  And as his skin seems to worsen so his piglike nature seems to lift. I must conclude that his skin is working itself out in ways I cannot fathom.

I was visited yesterday by a friend who is knowledgeable in the worlds of biology. She sent some pictures of Wai to another professor  – I am concerned that the skin coming up now is too thick, the shrinkage of the hard plates is hauling up the dermis and separating it from the body exposing valleys of fat and muscles and sinews. (I don’t show you this in the pictures)  My job is to keep these pink and yellow and white valleys around the continents moist and clean, and the dead crackled skin above it moist, so this does not worsen.  It feels wrong to trim these overhanging thick bits as they separate. I need thin dead skin to trim. She will ask the question of trimming the thicker areas or not.   We will see what answers her network presents. I will also send more pictures to my vet on Monday. He gets pictures every week. 

Other areas of skin  are simply dissolving under my regime of antiseptic then bag balm. So we are winning in some areas and facing new challenges in others.

The lady I buy my feed from has asked her supplier to give me two big 4.5 pound pails of Bag Balm at cost,  to help out. (After the actual company would not help me  at all).   However this is a much better deal than the small tins I am buying out everywhere.

Also I found a woman who sews potbelly pig coats. It is her little business.  She has offered to make a couple of very light coats for him to keep the flies off and the light out. Once again at a reduced cost. She is sourcing some appropriate fabric and is getting back to me.

She also rescues potbelly pigs and has seen them come in after some awful abuse. I don’t understand. I have never understood cruelty. As his injuries become more obvious, with the skin lifting away exposing his wounds, my heart drops at the proof of such cruelty.  But the coat lady said they used to treat people like that here – why not animals.  My mind reels  away from such knowledge. I will stay on the healing side of that equation.

But the damage to his body is very deep. What a strong animal he is. I hope he stays strong, we have a long way to go.

I think coats will help a lot as long as the fabric is slippery enough and loose enough not to stick to all these open areas. We will see.  He will only wear them in the heat of the daytime when the flies are at their worst.

I will add both these woman led small businesses to our Cottage Industry page so you can find them too.

There is a very big moon in the dawn  – hooked on the mauve sky just outside my bedroom window.  A watchful moon up past her morning bedtime.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi


Sunday 07/09 20% / 0 inSunshine and a few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 86F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night 07/0950% / 0.12 inPartial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. Low 71F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%



32 Comments on “New fields

  1. A watchful moon casting her cool silvery light on The Farmy & all who dwell therein. Cool, silvery & soothing.

  2. Look at that chubby belly, makes me want to get a nice stiff broom and give him a belly scrub… being very careful to avoid the tender bits and delicate new skin. Wai is becoming a project with a wide circle of contributors, and a very good thing too.

  3. It’s too bad you can’t get him in a big tub FULL of warm water and antiseptic. I believe that in order to debris burn patients, they give them horrible, scrubbing baths. Easier to separate the healthy skin from the dead/dying skin.

    Selling your little bull may be easier in the long run. No sense always wondering about pregnant/not pregnant.

    A peaceful Sunday to you and the farmy.

    • I also would like to bathe him but the trauma is not worth it, so I take a big bucket of warm water with a dilute solution of antiseptic and wash his wounds that way with a soft brush. No scrubbing. It does help too, I think. c

      • It would be nurturing for him too, I imagine, the gentle washing. And help him realise all touch is not a bad thing.

      • Of course, no more trauma. 🙂 He’d probably fall down in a tub full of water and further injure his skin, anyway.

  4. I am imagining a minisurgery where the large patches of thick skin is scored into a grid. Maybe not even all the way through, to allow for expansion and to release the tension on the underlying tissue? Your moisturizers would be more effective on the softer areas along the gridlines, allowing for even more flexibility. It appears that even though this is intentional wounding (potentially), it might be the lesser evil. Would your vet be able to do something like this?

    • Hi Sue – It is already coming up – just heavily – in fact it is parted from his body already – no need to score him – poor wee boy – I think he has had enough of vets by now.. c

  5. I am sure ignorance and self-indulgence is often the reason animals become neglected to the point of abuse. We had family members here who purchased an iguana, not realizing they grow and have needs that are costly. After having this iguana a couple of years they indulged in a second one for their sons – doubling the problem. They did not have appropriate space for the iguanas, and the winter months really posed a housing problem. They became large with tails that were powerful and the boys soon lost interest and the dad was the only one that could handle them. (The dad traveled 2 to 3 weeks of the month, so he wasn’t around much.) They lived in a room in the house where the feces was not cleaned up regularly, and everyone but the dad was afraid to go in to handle them or feed them. This all started because the young boys wanted an iguana… and then added a second one despite a growing problem with the first one. Finally, they lied to an iguana rescue group saying they were moving (they moved to Louisiana) and could not take the iguanas with them. Think how many animals/birds are dumped because people were too ignorant to think out the indulgence of having a pet? Think how many people can’t be responsible for their actions? There are numerous cats, dogs, birds and exotics that suffer because of ignorant humans. Lately, our state seems to have a problem with people acquiring horses… that end up emaciated and in poor shape or they die, because folks can’t afford to keep them. All species suffer because of humans who are self-indulgent and do not consider what it takes to care for an animal/bird/reptile. Wai is one of the lucky ones to have been taken in by caring hands, and people have pulled together to help.

      • It is sad. I often feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of it all. But i also feel hopeful when I read about Wai and other stories of rescue.

    • It truly hurts my heart to think of the cruelty humans can deal to those who depend on them. There is surely a special place in hell for all the hurt old people, babies and animals.

  6. Hi celi
    I love your blog! I’m really pulling for you and poor Wai, I know only a little about the subject but I do know medical maggot therapy is often used to debride burn victims and to fight infections in both humans and animals… they eat the dead stuff and secrete other stuff which is very effective in fighting infections. here is a link for you and the vet.

  7. The poor little piggy… I’m happy to learn the thick pieces have begun to lift.
    I, too, loved the photos of the piggies out in their field.. and the cows as well. They must be LOVING IT!!
    And I loved your description of the morning, with the moon still ”hanging around’! ; o )

  8. That gentle tummy rub must have seemed like heaven to Wai, not to mention the time you took just to talk to him. Laura

  9. Just think what Was endured at the hands of rotten people. And still, he hasn’t lost hope or the courage to trust. I love that your biologist friend will find out more. Just think what we have all learned from each other over these years. This community of readers knows so much! And shares!!

  10. Like you Cecilia l just cannot understand cruelty of any sort towards animals. There is no excuse for it, but, thankfully he’s getting wonderful care now:)

  11. Hi, me again. I have something piggie related, but not about Wai. My granddaughter is 2 1/2 and over the moon about pigs. Her lovey, that goes EVERYWHERE with her is a stuffed pig. When your first set (and then the second) of piglets arrived and you began posting micro-movies of them on Instagram, I would forward them to my DIL to share with Evie. She watches them over and over in rapt attention. My DIL recently informed me that Evie now calls them “Grandma’s piggies.” The last time she was here, she asked where my piggies are! She’s begun to think that they must be around here somewhere. ❤

  12. That picture of Wai tumbled over for a belly scratch is wonderful, it simply oozes hope.

  13. I can not imagine how one manages all the animals ailments, let alone the needs of the healthy ones. Your entries remains entertaining and educational for me.

  14. If you feel it’s wrong to trim off these counter-balancing (sun-shielding) large rhino pieces, then perhaps you should just follow your instincts? Shame on the ointment people for their part and good on all those who deserve it. Hugs C!

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