Pigs Bedded Down on South Plateau
The pigs in the photo above are just waking up to a white world from their sleeping space on the south field plateau. They have a shed they can go into, and a few do, but most prefer to sleep out on the plateau. In the worst weather they’ll shift to sleeping in the open shed but for now the wind break of the compost pile and a nice bed of hay is their preference.
We’ve had a wonderfully unseasonably warm fall. Indian summer as it is often called. These are far preferred over the years when we get snow in October or even worse, August. I’m hoping this will be a gentle winter. The warm weather allowed us to close in the butcher shop so now we can continue interior construction over the winter. Other years construction has come to a grinding halt as the snows and cold get to bitter. Doing wet concrete work outdoors in December and January is not pleasant.
Ladies in Waiting – Hens on the Fence
We also have been tiding up the farm and bedding it down for winter. Soon everything will be buried under four feet of snow pack and the tops of the fences will disappear in the white landscape.
Outdoors: 34°F/15°F Cloudy, Snow, Ice
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/63°F
Daily Spark: In nature the herbivores breed to large numbers, store up fat, lots of them die of starvation or get eaten in the winter. The vegetarian strategy is to out breed the hardship. The other strategy is to eat vegetarians. Both work.