Thursday, 8 May 2008
The aaah factor
Listening to: Confusion (New Order)
Weather: still glorious, but wind picking up
Birdwatch: swallow in the pig shed this morning.
There's a serious attack of cuteness in the pigshed where Kim's piglets are still doing fine (said he, tempting fate).
There's little to say - just as well as I finally flopped into bed at 4.30, half-an-hour after dawn - except that Kim has been marvellous. Saddlebacks have a reputation as excellent mothers and she is gentle and careful with her litter. She clearly knows a damn sight more about pig farming than I do.
Here's a shot which shows you just how big she is - or, alternatively, how small the piglets are. . .
After almost a full day of suckling, the piglets have stopped long enough to allow Kim to eat, drink and provide a little more fertiliser for next year's potato crop. They are snuggling up together under the heat lamp in their creep (nursery area). . .
Molly is very close to farrowing now. She has been flat out for most of the day and gave a couple of drops of milk when I felt her teats this evening - only eight to beat.
Oh yeah, amid all the piggy excitement, I almost forgot. The Boy took and passed his driving test yesterday. The lanes of Devon will not be the same. Well done lad.