Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's springing up babies



FINALLY my fruit trees have started blooming! thank goodness I was starting to take it personally....

In other news...
I watched my neighbor's baby horse be born yesterday wow that was amazing... the best part was after the baby was out the mom looked at her and started to "talk" to her and stick her nose to her and say hello .. it was an honor to be there...





And Sunday I got our new pigs! they are just the cutest! They are a a cross of Chester Whites and Gloucestershire Old Spots

Gloucestershire Old Spots are said to be good foragers and grazers. They are also a rare breed that is "critical" at the moment. The more folks promoting this old breed the better we don't want to loose these special breeds. They add diversity to our food and wonderful "old" characteristics like being efficient on grass which is increasingly coming to the forefront and we are learning more important than anyone thought for the animals health and ours too.

So here they are in all their cuteness : ) no names yet but there are 2 boys and a girl so we are taking suggestions ...


and here is "macho" (as I was named in Ethiopia) me carrying the pigs from the truck to their pen - yes this is the proper way to carry a pig honest it's the kindest way to do it - but they are NOT light and they squirm a lot .. pigs really don't' like to be manhandled at all... they put up quite a fuss I was worried the neighbors might call the cops with all the racket... : )





And last but not least my super husband who has made some great progress on our back field ... we may even have it ready for summer grazing... : ) hummm cows - more on that thought later

3 comments:

Joseph said...

Hi there! So Gloustershire is a beautiful part of Southwest England. Here are a few town names and some nicknames for your lastest additions. Abbymead (or just Abbey), Littlewitcomb (aka littlewit)and then there is always - Ham, yup that is a town in G. If you don't like "littlewit" then there is always Nailsworth. Gloustershire is also home to Stowe-on-the-Wold, perhaps the quaintest little town in all of England. Spent three days there when I lived in England. Miss you love the post! Joseph

Maia said...

Aw! The baby horse took me back to middle school when I first read All Creatures Great and Small! I have to give that series of books to my son!

Congrats on the new pigs! And Spring!

chou-chou said...

so cute!! and thank goodness your trees are finally blooming.

those piggies are awesome. you could call them Cassandra, MacBeth, and Hamlet. :-)