Archive for September 20th, 2008

Me pig. Me show you how to eat watermelon…

This morning I finally got round to asking a local greengrocer if they’d let me have the fruit and veggies they can’t sell so that I can satisfy my pigs’ appetites. They seemed so pleased to be asked that I came away with five bulging sacks, containing everything from broccoli and sprouts to nectarines and grapes. From now on, I’m to pop round first thing and collect whatever they’ve put to one side. I hope it’s not five sacks every day, mind you – they’ll burst!

Not that the pigs would mind, judging by the way they more or less climbed into their food bowls to get every last scrap! The piglets even got some apple and banana all to themselves to go with their nuts. It was all demolished more or less instantly, so I’ll have to keep this up or they won’t talk to me!

But the funniest thing of all was watching Bailey try to eat his portion of the watermelon. I scraped out the middle and gave that to Tia, Scrumpy and Harold, gave quite a lot of the skin to the chickens, but kept the biggest pieces for Bailey and Brini. Brini was sensible and used her snout to hold the skin down while she ate the melon stuck to the inside. But Bailey threw his out of the bowl and the proceeded to chase it round the paddock, wondering all the while why he couldn’t get anything more than a tantalising taste of this scrumptious treat…

Bailey tries to eat a watermelon - 20 September 2008

Bailey tries to eat a watermelon - 20 September 2008

But then he figured it out and if you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see that he parked his trotter on the mischievous skin and was able to munch his way through it, without any interruptions. Clever pig!

Bailey finally manages to eat that pesky watermelon - 20 September 2008

Bailey finally manages to eat that pesky watermelon - 20 September 2008

You gotta love a pig who is so serious about his food!

Harry Potter joins the Labour party

Ok, maybe not, but in the real world, JK Rowling has actually donated one million pounds to the Labour party, saying that:

“The Labour government has reversed the long-term trend in child poverty, and is one of the leading EU countries in combating child poverty,” said the nation’s richest author, whose fortune was recently estimated at 560 million pounds.

“David Cameron’s promise of tax perks for the married, on the other hand, is reminiscent of the Conservative government I experienced as a lone parent.

“It sends the message that the Conservatives still believe a childless, dual-income, but married couple is more deserving of a financial pat on the head than those struggling, as I once was, to keep their families afloat in difficult times.”

There’s more here.

So, there you have it. Vote Labour. Hermione Granger said so and when is she ever wrong?!

Freecycle

I’ve recently discovered and therefore become a huge of Freecycle, a global network of small community groups who would rather give something away than throw it away – sticking to the old adage that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. The only real rule about Freecycle is that everything must be free – you cannot charge for anything post onto the email list.

Freecycle

In the past couple of days, I’ve been the grateful recipient of a (free!) water butt and a (free!) solid wood bookcase. I’m hopefully picking up a “pyramid cat bed” tonight.

My only real criticism of the concept is that it’s all done using the internet and email lists, so the people who could really benefit from some a wealth of freebies are those who quite possible don’t have internet access.

But … it’s still an excellent concept and I’m fully intending to make good use of it!