The weather has been absolutely steamy and miserable the past few days. It puts undue stress on the humans and the animals around here. So far, everyone has survived. The Farmer keeps checking on everyone every morning and evening. Heat like this can really jeopardize the life of an older sheep. The animals are pretty smart. They stay in the shade and don't move at all until it cools down in the evening. Then they graze all night long and stop moving in the morning.
The piglets decided they didn't want to be in their pen and I gave up chasing them. They are now grazing with the sheep happily. I don't know how long this will last because as they get older, they plow the ground with their noses and can really cause damage to the pastures. I'm hoping they get big enough soon to no longer escape.
I am feeding them every morning and night. I'm trying to get them used to me so I can start training them to a grain bucket. I put the piglet crumbles in a pail just outside the sheep fence and they eat it every evening and morning. As you can see, they aren't quite sure about me standing there taking photos while they are eating.
But of course, their stomaches got the best of them and they chowed down. One of them is particularly shy. This is another great experiment. I think they will grow much slower on pasture so I may be forced to confine them soon.
p.s. If you look closely above in the sheep and pig photo, you'll see a little lamb who was born 3 weeks ago. Sheep very rarely have lambs this late so it was a surprise for the mom and us!
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.