Wag the Tail

Very basically skin consists of three layers. The epidermis (the top), the dermis (next layer) and the subcutaneous layer. I found a page for you to read about it if you have forgotton what you learnt in school. When Wai came he could not wag his tail because it was encased in the brown hard …

Up and At ‘Em

You will be pleased to hear that all of the little piglets have quite suddenly popped their heads up above their doldrums and are behaving like little piglets now.  I found them outside playing a few times yesterday and heard Molly calling them in to feed more often. I can’t tell you how relieved I was. Alex …

Brain Clear

Well, you know the game. I have to enter the first heading that comes into my head and this is the one. My brain is clear this morning. And I have to put those words up whether I want to change them or not. I give myself many blog challenges to keep my work fresh but …

Back on the farm.

I am home again. And like every time I come home  to the farm I am haunted by this little nursery rhyme. To Market, to Market To market, to market to buy a fat pig; Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. To market, to market, to buy a fat hog; Home again, home again, jiggety-jog. To …

Feeding Time

Feeding a big group of pigs is like merging onto a motorway full of fast moving trucks whose drivers got their licenses from the dodge-ems at a fair. And all the drivers are half crazed with thirst and my truck is carrying the beer! Happy pigs. My friend Kristy (eatplayloveblog) had Camera House yesterday and was …

Tane

Pronounced Tahnay. Tane Mahuta is my small kunekune boar.  He has a Maori name – from my homeland New Zealand.  Like many ancient cultures the Maori culture had many gods, Tane is the God of the forests and birds. (Though in New Zealand we call the forests the BUSH). The word also means boy or man. …

It was only luck

It as only luck that I was on the tractor last night rolling out through the garden and along the empty grey fields, – past the pigs field, them runing out to meet me – we’re here we’re here … .. through the baby fellowship forest. Along the fence-line where the the black and white herd gathered …

Taking the sun

Though it is cold enough for me to be wearing my winter farm jacket now, Poppy’s babies still came out with her today to play in the autumnal sun. Tane and Tima have shifted into their winter home. It will a bit of a jig saw getting everyone a pen in the barns with an …

Cabbages and Cats

Now why would a cat sleep with a cabbage. Well,  all the plants are covered so that the peahens cannot eat my infant crops. But Marmalade  the Mama cat thinks we have created a warm spot for her to sleep and she is ever so grateful! The peahens are being trained into their Peacock Palace- …

The White Truck

Now that it is colder I need the white truck to transport me and the dogs and the pigs food and waters across to the West Barn. Of course I am usually carrying 6 x 5 gallon buckets  of water. But yesterday was warmer and the faucets were working so I did not need to fill …