A loaf of bread
A glimpse of sun
and some other things
That’s it 2015
Yesterday the sun shone
long-forgotten shadows reappeared
translucent bark was illuminated
even Spot’s mud took on a certain incandescent quality
The ducks were so consternated they took refuge in the hay shed
Thankfully today was back to normal – wet, wind and warmth – and time to give Spot a test run.
Her time is nigh, although as we don’t have her cycle fully mapped, we are not sure how nigh. Decided best thing was to arrange a daily Meeting so that opportunity would not be missed.
So, Spot “I’ll do anything for a small handful of hay” leaves her mud
…a green paradise.
Bert is quick to follow
in hot pursuit
until contact is made
credentials are checked
and Spot decides she prefers the grass
Tomorrow is another day.
Meanwhile we present our first quiz. Answers by comment please.
Here is a clue
This morning the rain held back as cloud swirled and stagnated
So, due to having family company
we take a rare circuit off plot. The landscape around is moulded by water, flowing and gushing down every gully and ditch
and lying in the bottom corner of every field as the ground cannot absorb any more
When the winds race through Gribin Isaf we suggest that since the force is not quite as strong as the one some time ago, the trees that resisted then will still stand now. But trees weaken, as soil is washed away, so we see new casualties not far from home
So, as the gibbous moon wanes over Gribin Isaf tonight
We cherish the detail, the richness, of focusing down and in
We await to see what conditions will subdue the ducks, as they march round in wet and wind, while the chickens look on in disbelief
Just for one day, the clouds part briefly to let through a little light
it illuminates the starling flock as they wash back and forth across the field
and spot-lights the hillside sheep as they try, unsuccessfully, to spell out a word
Time to replenish the bed that Spot has eaten
while Bert tries to disguise himself by masking his saddle
Other glimpses from today:
came to this holding in August as a gift from the dear friends who inspired us to this life.
He came with his consort, Spot.
Before they came to us they had happy times together and had produced two happy litters of happy piglets (we have one in our freezer right now).
But Bert had a hidden past. Bert was his cover name – his true identity was Peartreefarm Dominator 37 and he has a family tree to prove it:
Now the people who keep records like that are the Keepers of The Herd Book and are Very Strict. The Blood Lines have to be pure; the identities have to be verified. Since Bert had been operating off the radar in recent times, he had been declared homeless and also DEAD:
To bring him back to life and satisfy the Keepers of The Herd Book seemed very hard – the notches cut in his ears soon after birth
are not visible any more. So he was told by a leading expert: “the crucial factor is what is in your ear. As we have the boar details as NOTCH 37 then clearly 37 should be shown by 3 positions in your ear having been notched. If these are not there then the trail immediately stops and you are just a pig and not a pedigree one.”
Bert was not that bothered – he was happy to have his eye on Spot
And then today The Keeper Of The Herd Book sent Bert this communication:
“You can be put back into the herd book. Your notches may have out grown, you will always remain a registered boar. You will be able to be used for breeding purposes. Hope this brightens your day and have a Happy Christmas.”
So although he loves Spot very much
He wonders if he might also be able to have babies like these
So to celebrate this he would like to share with you his Christmas card
and wish you a New Year full of happiness and piglets
In 48 hours the year will turn and minute by minute day light will start stretching out again to claim a little bit more of each day.
Tonight the moon rises later and fuller
through a clear sky, following a day of only partial cloud
Today the greenhouse is cleared of expended strength
ready to be cleansed and polished ready to let the light of the new year bring energy to those within.
Life is ready to spring
but also ready to hold its breath if the wolf of frost calls the time.
The seasoned ones keep an eye on things
While elsewhere life waxes and wanes
As the lights land on Gribin Isaf today
we give a pig a nice new way of getting tasty hay
and ask is she grateful? Well, sort of
but she wants to do it her way
Spot doesn’t see the problem
and we think she has not got enough to do. She may not know we are on vulva watch
on the countdown to that juicy moment when Bert
will be allowed access.
Meanwhile, the latest import of horse manure is left stranded in our neighbour’s field
moving it back, or forth, will chew up too much grazing – so there it rests.
And now for today’s collection of stumps:
Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw: