Archive for September 18th, 2008

McCain or Obama?

I am proud to announce that I have done my duty and cast my vote in the 2008 US elections.

If you’re curious, I voted for Obama.

Hat tip: Jane at Sightlines

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Daddy Pig!!!

I keep getting asked if Bailey is the sire of Tia and Scrumpy’s piglets. But no, another piggie got their first! Before I got Bailey, the girls were after a boyfriend and when we found out someone we worked with also kept Kune Kunes, she kindly lent us her boar, Bob:

Bob - 19 April 2008

Bob - 19 April 2008

Bob is just about smaller than Tia and a fair amount smaller than Scrumpy and, like them, has the most wonderful temperament, so I’m expecting great things from my piglets! Actually, it’s already clear that they’re a friendly bunch who (generally) come running when they see a pair of wellies walking their way. No, I don’t know why they’re so obsessed with wellies either. But they are.

Bob and Tia - 22 April 2008

Bob and Tia - 22 April 2008

The real quirk about Bob’s character was that he loved a good itch and he almost died with pleasure if you spent a few moments scratching his back. I mention this because two of Tia’s piglets, Itchy and Scratchy, clearly take after their papa…

Scrumpy and Bob - 17 May 2008

Scrumpy and Bob - 17 May 2008

So that’s Bob. Thanks mate, you did a good job! Oh, Bob is also the papa of a certain young Harold, who has been remarkably well-behaved since I turned the electric fence back on. Hmm, I wonder what he’s plotting…

Autumn’s in the air

Now that we’ve actually had some sunshine, the past week or so has felt like a late summer. But this morning felt very autumnal and even though the day has now warmed up and I’ve discarded my fleece, it still feels like autumn. The trees have faded to a yellow-green instead of summer’s dark green and there’s even a handful of leaves on the ground, last night was definitely quite chilly and there was a crisp in the air when I walked the dogs early this morning.

Kitten in the leaves - 3 November 2007

Kitten in the leaves - 3 November 2007

I know it’s only beginning and we’ve got some time to go before we get the full spectrum of colours and beauty, but it has begun!

Update: Lovely photos of an autumn sunrise over at Musings from a Stonehead