Winter Solstice 2010

Anna’s Smile

Anna is a calendar girl and a happy pig because even though it’s winter she has lots of good hay. Wind protection and plenty of hay are key for not just surviving but thriving through our long cold winters.

With the Solstice today we are officially into winter, although the snow has been here for a long time. Today the winds were strong but not too brutal. It made one appreciate the natural dips in the land and trees that protect the pigs sleeping areas and our cottage here on Sugar Mountain.

Speckles and Friends

Speckles is shown here in a photo from last winter when he was a lot smaller, perhaps only 500 lbs. With the death of brother boars Spot and Big’Un this year Speckles got promoted to second boar behind Archimedes, our elder boar who still holds his own at over seven years of age. Speckles at about 900 lbs is no where near as big as the other boars but he’ll get there – he is easily twice the size of his litter mate sister Happy. Boars generally grow far faster and larger than sows.

Today was the darkest day on record. Experts are concerned that the sun may be dimming or even about to extinguish, possibly due to man’s activities such as the recent failed Venusian probe. In a recent interview Gal Ore said, “It is the end of the world as we know it. Mankind will be plunged into 1,000 years of darkness and the sun will never return.” Mr. Ore is offering to sell Darkness Credits to help off set the dimming sun. In a separate press release Archimedes said, “Hog wash! The light shall return!” Anxious crowds await to see who is right.

Outdoors: 28°F/18°F Mostly Cloudy, Windy, Light Snow
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/60°F

Daily Spark: We have a teacher student ratio of 4 to 1. Four teachers, one student.

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10 Responses to Winter Solstice 2010

  1. Teresa says:

    At least the solstice means the days are getting longer! Those are some big boars.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Happy Winter Solstice to you, Walter and to all your kin and animals!

    The sun will return!

    Warmest Holiday Wishes from the both of us!

  3. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Merry Christmas, Jeffrieses. Of course you have a white one. Ours is just mud. Count your blessings!

  4. Sheila Z says:

    Anna has a festive snout, looks like it’s been sugared.

  5. Jessie says:

    But who are the teachers, and who are the students?
    Happy Solstice! Did you see the eclipse?

  6. Bill Harshaw says:

    Four legs good, two legs bad. Merry Christmas.

    • Bill, Bill, what did the chickens and geese ever do to you!?! :) In the spirit of Christmas we have all vowed to put away our nuclear weapons and work towards lasting world peace. Unless, of course, we can get a subsidy like North Korea does! :)

  7. Ryan says:

    Walter- do your pigs have shelters in the winter or do you just put down hay in the protected areas?

    Thanks & happy solstice!

    • We have a variety of open sheds which provide shelter from wind and wet while still allowing the pigs to free access to go in and out as well as plenty of fresh air. See the header photo for this month (December 2010) which shows the south field sheds. Also see here, here and here.

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