Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas to All Beings!

The above photo is from our family trip this year to Lookout Point on Mars. Hold your cursor over the photo. Now move it away. Now move it over the photo again… Now click on the photo…

Outdoors: 34째F/19째F Sunny Piglets from Girdy (P1)
Tiny Cottage: 67째F/59째F

PS. Find the eight difference in the above photos…

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21 Responses to Christmas 2009

  1. Urban Agrarian says:

    Hope you all had a great time on Mars. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Best wishes and congratulations on your slaughter facility in the coming year.

  2. JoeLarry says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your animals !

  3. Bill Harshaw says:

    Amazing effect. Merry Christmas.

  4. Jan says:

    Like the kids rhyme of the people in the shoe at sea I have four of the differences but am not finding all of them. I hope you'll give a clue

  5. Samanthanne says:

    Cool effect! Love the animal animation! You have great field trips for your home schooling!

  6. Ryan says:

    4 windows
    Holly and dog larger
    white dog larger
    dog wetting her nose
    Grinch wink
    Ben wink
    Walter wink
    blue reflection off coffee cup gone

    I can't find any more but I have stared at it long enough to see what is not different: Mars is missing under the guitar.

  7. Ah! Very good eye, Ryan! I almost gave you serious extra points for the missing Mars under the guitar but then I went and checked and there is a Christmas present wrapped in blue paper that is right there. It really does make it look like in the photo I missed that spot though!

  8. Gail in Montana/temp in WA says:

    LOL, Walter!! So you are a computer wizard in your spare time ;-) Beautiful picture of your family. Merry Christmas from WA/MT from our houses to yours!!
    Oooops, day after Christmas. A very blessed New Year, too!!

  9. Amber says:

    That is so awesome walter! And you didnot mention that there is a nother view if you click through the image. Very very cool!

  10. Aye, I'm fond of Photoshop. :) I got my first Photoshop back before the program was even commercially released, as well as MacPaint, MacDraw and Illustrator. Fun tools indeed!

  11. beauty4beast says:

    I am writing to you cos I don't know anyone else who can give a good answer. I have the same set up as you in the UK. On xmas day, my oldest sow (good mother) ate the newborn piglets of two immature gilts. I know about 'savaging' but they were not her own, and she did it very very quickly without aggression. The gilts did not seem to care and had not even suckled the newborns. I would appreciate any comment you can make please. Happy New Year. Judy.

  12. CH says:

    Walter how do you ever it a Christmas tree in your tiny cottage, ah I mean your space ship? I wouldn't thing there would be room for such things.


  13. Anonymous says:

    Love that effect Walter! Hope you don't mind if I borrow the javacode you used to do it. I learn more than just farming from you friend.

    Merry Christmas and Happy NY!

  14. The javascripting is the same I used to do the Goof Ball Grin for Archimedes.

    The Christmas tree is actually very tiny, just the top 4' of a tree from our south field. The tree sits on a shelf you can just barely see behind us. We built the shelf on Christmas Eve just in time to put up the Christmas tree.

    As an interesting side note, I read an article in the newspaper where the author was bemoaning the death of all those Christmas trees that are cut down every year. He was equating it with murder. He doesn't understand tree biology. When we cut down a Christmas tree we're harvesting the top part. The tree continues to grow. It puts up a new stem, or several, which is called regen. These can grow into new trees off of the existing established root base. Cutting down a Christmas tree does not kill the tree, it is more like a hair cut. For this reason I like to cut fairly high leaving a long and sturdy stump ideally with some branches. Years later I can have another 'tree' from that same root stock.

  15. Merry Christmas (belated) and a Happy New Year!

  16. Nat says:

    A very merry christmas to you and yours in your cozy cottage.

  17. Judy,

    If they were dead piglets then this is natural behavior – recycling. It seems gross to us but they are conserving valuable resources.

    It could be that the sow is lacking in some nutrient or her diet is low in protein. Check her diet and condition.

    I would watch her and make sure this does not become a learned behavior. You may have to cull her.

    As to the others, if they do not start nursing during a critical period they may miss out on learning how to do it. The new sow, previously a gilt before she had piglets, is normally fairly insensate during farrowing. If she's moving around a lot and not letting newborn piglets nurse this is a bad sign, a sign that she may not be a good choice for a sow. On the other hand, it could have been circumstantial and they may be fine the next litter. Hard to tell without a lot more observations.

    Best of luck next time,


  18. Anonymous says:

    Just noticed the "underwater" view when I clicked on the photo hoping to see a larger view of the image! Too funny. Happy New Year to you and your family, Hilly

  19. oshea12566 says:

    Happy New Year!! Think of me as I freeze to death working in Times Square ensuring the safety of all the tourists.

  20. Eve says:

    Lovely family pix!

  21. Beau says:

    That was a beautiful photo… wishing you a healthy, productive and Happy New Year!

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