Merry Christmas 2014


Tiny Cottage Christmas Tree 2014


Outdoors: 34°F/24°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/60°F

Daily Spark: Turns out Santa is real, has a furry coat and is 3” tall. Atleast he was until I smoked him out of the chimney. In the wee hours of Christmas morning I heard the scurrying of little feet in our cool chimney pipe. I don’t like mice stealing my candy so I solved that little problem with a warm welcome…

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13 Responses to Merry Christmas 2014

  1. Patricia says:

    hi i own a sanctuary ,i got in a pig that i think is pregnant her belly is sagging,befor it was popping out but not anymore.if i send a pic can u tell me what u think,or how can i tell.

    • If it is sanctuary pig then my first suspicion is it is a Pot Bellied Pig wich isn’t something I’ve ever dealt with. The photos I’ve seen of them show the belly always sagging. There are several web sites dedicated to those and other miniature breeds that will know better than I.

      No matter what type of pig, check to see if her teats are engorged. If she starts producing milk then she is very near term. Here are lots of photos of pregnant sows which will give you some comparison within farm size pigs.

  2. am in the pm says:

    Moose skull hanging up there ?

  3. That’s the most beautiful Christmas tree I’ve seen this year!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Wishing all of you a New Year filled with happiness.

  4. Merry Christmas Walter and family. I don’t post like I used to, our own farm keeps us so busy but I snoop on you every chance I get. We are now 8 years into raising our own pastured hogs and any successes we’ve had started with you. Thanks for all the education you’ve given us over all the years.

  5. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Happy New Year to the Jeffries household.
    I’m looking at my new Sugar Mountain Farm calendar as I keyboard this. It’s hard to tell you what an inspiration it is to read what you post as evening relaxation, Walter. A glimpse into a set of lives that are being self-reliant, generating a revenue flow, and THINKING is wonderful contrast to the professional victimhood and half-truth dreck that assails me daily from the rest of the world.
    I want to remind you that the volume of your blog posts constitute, probably, the largest trove of self-sufficient-and-sustainable agricultural material extant. I know you’re deeply engaged in establishing multi-generational capital goods for your family, and that there are only so many waking hours in a day. Still, when you are ready to do some assembly for publication and need proofing (“editing” would be presumptuous, given the quality of your usual output) I’m around.
    I take Backwoods Home Magazine, which is an excellent publication. Dave Duffy and John Silveira also think. But their last issue contained an article on pastured pigs which was so trivial and superficial in comparison to your almost daily output as to be shocking. The sooner you make your way into print the better.

    • Thank you for the complement and I’m glad to know you’re enjoying the calendar – it was fun to put together. I do think of you every time I consider your proposal. If I were to put things in print where I can no longer fix typos I would want some very good eyes like yours to go over them.

  6. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Proofreader Snicker . . . “compliment”. “Complement” means “to go with.”
    I owe you some Davis photos. There are dancing pigs, and other things than green snow and large ptarmigans to share. I’ll send some soon via your e mail address.

  7. Pablo says:

    Is that a loaf of bread before the tree or something else?

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