Gathering Grasses

Sow Gathering Grass

Just like in the story of the three little pigs the sows build their nests of straw (hay or grasses), sticks and stones. This sow is building her second nest.

Sows build a first nest for farrowing the piglets and then three days or so later, after the piglets are capable of traveling, the sows abandon the original nest and build a new nest away from it so that they are clear of the scent of birthing which would attract scavengers and predators. Moving nests also helps prevent disease such as greasy pig.

The wicked witch built her house out of food like this sow rather than kindling like most human houses. I personally prefer stone because I don’t like roasting in my sleep. The advantage of the sow’s method is she can lay there and eat her nest while piglets nurse. I do suppose that comes in handy.

Our pastures are no longer green but thickly white instead. Winter is here, although I would rather it would wait on my schedule. My revenge is to pretend to ignore it and post green photos, a color we’ll soon forget as the deep snows settle in.

Outdoors: 27°F/17°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/58°F

Daily Spark: I have only one tattoo. The most minimalist tattoo possible – a single dot in the middle of my chest. One bit of information. The number one.

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4 Responses to Gathering Grasses

  1. Edmund Brown says:

    Is she blind in her left eye?

  2. Charlie says:

    Does she have only one eye?

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