Friday, 20 May 2016

Pig Happiness

Today is a beautiful day and the piglets have found their way into their enclosure for the first time as access involves jumping down two large steps relative to the size of the pigs. They have bathed in the pig sized pool, eaten grass and accepted treats of cheese.
Life is good.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

New Pigs

Tim is back again and the house has never been so joyful. We have two, two month old male Vietnamese pigs. They are very tiny and sweet at the moment but a little nervous and speedy. My daughter Catherine is spending the summer with us and we agreed to her looking after them to see if pig keeping was for her. They are smaller than the usual pigs and we hope easier to handle when they get bigger. They are for meat and will be humanely slaughtered in winter and hopefully will give us some decent pork. I understand that the most difficult part is keeping them slim as they have a tendency towards fattiness but like so many farming activities it is all a bit trial and error and we will learn what feeding regime suits them best. She will also have to deal with their inevitable demise and so again this will be a learning curve. She is fine with the slaughtering of poultry but pigs are a different proposition. They have a large warm stable and a decent outside run and will have the best of food and attention.

They will also help us out with the egg glut which continues unabated. We have been getting some whoppers. The large one pictured weighed 102g next to a more normal sized egg.
The rainy stormy weather continues. All of the planting is held back and slugs and snails are rampant this year. The fruit trees are in blossom but I hope there are enough bees to pollinate it. We are hoping to get some bees of our own soon, fingers crossed. At this time of the year there never seems to be enough time in a day to get all of the work done, thank goodness for the light evenings, when it is not raining that is.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A Glorious Morning

In Galicia, in winter it rains a lot and this winter has been no exception. We have had a lot of rain and although Spring has sprung it has been difficult to enjoy it because of the aforementioned rain. This morning however it is glorious and made all the more precious because of the dull rainy days preceding it.
The geese are enjoying it as well. Later I shall let them wander in the forest garden, under careful supervision. Last time they were left in there they got through the fence into the neighbours turnip field and cause devastation until they were discovered.
The ladies are above with Gandalf below. He likes me at the moment but he attacks anyone else on sight but it is part of his job description to be a homicidal maniac.
The vegetables are still providing plenty of food and there are flowers hidden everywhere if you know where to look for them. I keep adding to the bulbs a few more every year. A garden should satisfy all of the senses and on a morning like this it certainly does.