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Three sleeps until I climb onto a plane to Canada for the first of my winter Travels. My first trip will be up into the mountains behind Calgary, Canada. Up to Canmore, a small skiing town. My son works on the ski fields up there and also trains avalanche dogs. He has two. One of …

Yesterday I lost one of Poppy’s piglets. She looked a bit off on Friday evening, stopped eating on Saturday, did not respond to the usual treatments and died yesterday morning. I don’t know. I take these things hard. She had no symptoms at all. No scours. No vomiting. No cough. But something was happening inside her. There …

In-Heriting those ears

Txiki has inherited her ears from her red head mother.  Txiki’s mother is Alex, the little red cow who looks like a shaggy mountain pony – Alex is spending time with Carlos the Tiny. Both are Dexters.  Txiki (Alex’s daughter) is a cross between a Dexter and a low line Angus, she looks like a shiny …

Sheila the Thief

Sheila my Big Fat Pig is being VERY NAUGHTY. I could not work out why the calves were spending so much time out of their nice big shelter in the Rat House, so this afternoon I went in to see what was going on. I pushed through the mob to see what had caught their …

The dark-en deepen-eth

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 …

Tane goes for a walk

I locked up all the feed and opened the gates for Tima and Tane to go for a walk yesterday.  Tima and Tane are an old married couple (both kunekune pigs) who have lived together for years. He has bad legs  and she is a nosy fat Mama.  Tima took off like a shot and …

Potty Training Piglets

Yes. You do have to train them you know. Or they will nominate a corner inside and GO right there in the house. Especially on a windy rainy day like today.  Pigs will do what is easiest and they don’t mind the smell. I have to say that Pig babies are easier to train than …

Moving Day

Yesterday I strung up the Plonkers new field. Then shifted the Solar Panel and earth rod and electrified it.  Then took down their old fence and invited them across. .It takes patience to move pigs, they are always very hesitant to cross the line where the old electric wire was, then on the way down …

A Pig’s Cat

Tane (the disabled kunekune boar) has a cat. Her name is LuLu. All the farm cats are ginger cats and LuLu is the oldest ginger cat.  And LuLu loves Tane. You know  how cats rub their bodies against your legs and ankles – particularly when you are cooking dinner – well LuLu does this with …

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 …