Hope & Tigers in Apple Tree
Apples and pears are some of the tasty things we grow for our pigs. Usually the pigs get them as drops from the trees that grow in the lines between paddocks and out in the fields. On occasion tigers will climb up into the trees and throw fruit down to the waiting porcine audience.
We got our first hard freeze with temperatures dropping into the mid-teens, water hoses freezing and all that good stuff. Winter is fast approaching. Today we poured concrete again. This was supposed to be the last pour of the fall but the pump truck got here late so we weren’t able to start until almost 1 pm. That coupled with an ambitious schedule meant we ran out of day and deep into the night. Sometimes projects are like that. We’ll have the pump truck and concrete trucks visit one final time for the year, probably next week, and that will finish off the concrete.
Ben and I are also working on some hand pouring. Once that is done the clock starts ticking 30 days past November Xth while the concrete cures so we can apply the floor to ceiling coat of polyureathane and polyurea that will seal the building interior work rooms for the area we need to start cutting meat.
While the concrete cures we’ll spend a couple of weeks in November getting the farm ready for winter. The winter sheds are already cleaned out and wood chips are in the open bays. Pigs like to sleep up on a deep bedding pack during the worst of the weather – primarily the cold wet. This deep bedding pack composts all winter long making for warm toes and bellies. Hay starts arriving this week. Soon we’ll shift herds around from their warm weather fields pulling them down the mountain and into the central ten acres or so around the home fields which are better protected from winter winds.
Outdoors: 41°F/16°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 59°F/56°F
Daily Spark: Dogs play catch. They throw mice up in the air and juggle them. They throw mice and sticks to each other. Katya throws her dinner dish at us – Snoopy like. Then she stands there signing ‘Food’ ‘Please’ ‘In There’ and beckoning that we should get the point and quickly. The problem with teaching a dog to talk is then she does.