I took this photo along Rt-2 coming back from Cabot Creamer to pickup cheese trim for our pigs. It is a lovely farm house and barn near the covered bridge to nowhere that I wrote about in January. I love the roiling clouds in the background of this photo.
On the tiny cottage we’ve been working at parging experiments. I’m not happy with how the parging of the arches is working. Very difficult. I may go with brick or stone arches instead as that may be easier and come out looking better.
Today we weaned piglets from five sows. It went amazingly smoothly. Last week we had moved the piglets and the sows into a paddock in front of the house that was subdivided into sections. Then today we gently shifted the sows back into the south field area and closed off two gates between them and the piglets. Easy and smooth. We’ve used this technique a couple of times now and it is my favorite method. No picking up of ticklish, screaming piglets. No upsetness by sows or piglets. Easier for us and less dangerous. I’ll write more about it later and make up some diagrams to show the layout and little tricks we’ve figured out.
Saturday Outdoors: 85°F/63°F Sunny
Farm House: 77°F/70°F Weaned piglets
Tiny Cottage: 75°F/65°F Windows and door open
Friday Outdoors: 86°F/63°F Sunny, Brief intense thunder storm, 2″ Rain
Farm House: 81°F/72°F
Tiny Cottage: 77°F/67°F Windows and door open, parge experimenting