Monthly Archives: August 2008

A Quick Death

The man who planned to kill me was quite pleasant. He greeted me and explained in detail what he was going to do. How first he would knock me out. I watched him slip the needle in. Then his cohort … Continue reading

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House Moving

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Moving The Dog HouseTo prototype our Tiny Cottage we made a number of models beginning with sketches, then paper. Eventually we moved on to little plaster and then concrete models that could sit on the kitchen table. Bigger models followed … Continue reading

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Jill of Blackie

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Jill with PigletsThis is Jill, a daughter of Blackie who set a new record for piglets born on our farm last year. Thus I have high hopes for Jill. Her first littler is 15 piglets which set another record for … Continue reading

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Yellow Building in Montpelier, VT

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Yellow Office BuildingThe post office in Montpelier, Vermont is one of the ugliest buildings I’ve ever seen. This is not it. This building is beautiful. There are many other beautiful buildings in the capital. So why, if they can build … Continue reading

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7 Rules of Conduct with Pigs

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11 More Piglets in South FieldOn a recent post about our big boar Spot LJB asked if I ever feel scared around such a big boar. Scared, no. Careful, wary, watchful – definitely yes. He’s big and I would rather … Continue reading

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Seeing Spots

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Spot and Walter – South Field This is Spot. See Spot Run. Run, Spot! Run! Actually, Spot rarely runs. He ambles and grazes. He swims in the pig pond. He relaxes in the sun. He’s a big pig. A very … Continue reading

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New Ducklings

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Box O’DucklingsI like ducks. They’re cute, they’re fun, they do a great job of hunting slugs and aquatic insects, they aerate the ponds and eat the algae. They’re also quite tasty. We ran out of ducks last year. I had … Continue reading

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Cardamom’s Gash

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Cardamon with PigletsThat is Cardamom, I should the Miracle Pig, with her nine piglets in the south field. After a drought of piglet’s in June and most of July we’ve been getting a deluge this past week – 68 piglets … Continue reading

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Pig Trap

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Pig Trap Once in a while pigs will wander outside the fenced area. A tree falls on the wires or something else makes the fencing non-obvious and a few may mosey out. Then they want to return home and find … Continue reading

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Infection!

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Red LiningInfections are no laughing matter. No matter how careful we are we still get scratches, scrapes and punctures as well as the occasional more serious cuts. Keeping up on tetanus shots is important as is immediate attention to a … Continue reading

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