I know it’s the 3rd!

The third of December. Not the best day for a retrospective of November. But yesterday was over come with Christmas stuff so poor old Camera House sat on the table. No pictures! So, lets look back at November. I don’t do this often but it is fun. Like a night off but with pictures. November seems …

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 …

Duck for Cover

When young pigs get a fright they do this very sensible thing. They duck for cover. Very low. Very still. Heads down, looking small sometimes with their bottoms in the air as they protect their heads by getting them right down.  In the instant of that stillness their eyes move rapidly searching and  their big …

Gotcha

Gotcha. He said, just as I was about to repeat my instructions. Oh, I said. Well. Good. Gotcha no longer means “Tricked you.” It now means Yup. Roger that. Now, let’s move. I have heard this expression more and more lately and as a rule I don’t like this kind of short-cut language. Slang. My …

How good is your water

For the last few weeks our well water has been really bad. I don’t know why. It tastes awful. It has black residue in it that clogs the filters straight away the black particles can be clearly seen in the bath and stuck to the porcelain. We live above an ancient swamp where there is a lot …

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 …

I hope the sun comes out

Boo is still on bed-rest and doing it hard. He is allowed short forays with me on a leash, and spends time on the chain by the barn where he can watch. Mostly I have to leave him inside when I go out to work so he does not run loose at all and John …

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 …

Work in Mud

While the pigs get to play in mud and Boo lies by the fire (with incredibly ill grace) Ton and I are shifting fences and working on the West Barn Poppy broke out last night forcing gates and breaking through the electric fences then when she saw my truck coming up the lane she ran all …

Bedrest for Boo

Yesterday it rained all day long – just a light drizzle really but a persistent one. The plonkers loved it. Rain means mud and easy digging. And it was not cold. Geraldine wears the rain with much more elegance. Can you see the raindrops on her feathers? Boo went to the vet and evidently his …