Will Snowboarding the Drive
Living on a hill means walking up and down a lot. Or at least in the summer. In the winter you can snowboard or sled back down the hill each pass. A strap on the board makes it easy to sling on a shoulder as Will does many times each day.
Ben & Hope Tobogganing the Drive
I built the way driveway to get the whey to the top of the home field area so we could use gravity for feeding from the tanks down to the pigs. Gravity has other uses though… The pigs above are watching Ben and Hope careen off the high snow drifts as they zip down the driveway on a toboggan.
Snowbow after Storm
After the recent snow storm we saw this beautiful snowbow poking up from the lower marshes. It was still snowing slightly and the morning sun was low in the sky making it just a short, wide vertical bow of colors.
Growers at Whey Tubs
I’ve mentioned about using bathtubs for pig troughs. They’re the right depth and very rugged. Standard livestock troughs are too deep to be well utilized by pigs, especially the smaller ones like these growers who are only about 100 to 150 lbs. But bathtubs are lower so the pigs have an easier time reaching in to drink.
The tub on the left is an old style very heavy cast iron tub. These are especially good as they are so tough and heavy. Even the bigger pigs don’t tend to flip them. The one on the right in the photo above is a more modern thin walled steel tub which the bigger pigs will pickup and throw in frustration if it is empty. This is less of a problem in the winter when the tubs are frozen to the ground.
Plastic bathtubs might work for piglets but would be totally destroyed by even medium sized pigs so I suggest sticking with recycling metal tubs. Otherwise you’ll be picking up the pieces all over the place.
Outdoors: 26°F/12°F Partially Sunny
Farm House: 52°F/44°F
Tiny Cottage: 55°F/52°F Attic ladder sanding, Bed shelf cutting, Woodstove burn out,