New Year’s Eve: A loaf of bread, three cocks, and some other things.

A loaf of bread

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Three cocks

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A glimpse of sun

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and some other things

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That’s it 2015

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Spot’s test run

Yesterday the sun shone

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long-forgotten shadows reappeared

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translucent bark was illuminated

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stumps glowed

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even Spot’s mud took on a certain incandescent quality

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The ducks were so consternated they took refuge in the hay shed

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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

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to enter…

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…a green paradise.

Bert is quick to follow

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in hot pursuit

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until contact is made

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credentials are checked

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and Spot decides she prefers the grass

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Tomorrow is another day.

Meanwhile we present our first quiz.  Answers by comment please.

  • What do a pig and a duck have in common?

Here is a clue

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Water and Wind

This morning the rain held back as cloud swirled and stagnated

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So, due to having family company

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we take a rare circuit off plot.  The landscape around is moulded by water, flowing and gushing down every gully and ditch

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and lying in  the bottom corner of every field as the ground cannot absorb any more

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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

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So, as the gibbous moon wanes over Gribin Isaf tonight

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We cherish the detail, the richness, of focusing down and in

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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

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A brief glimpse of light

Just for one day, the clouds part briefly to let through a little light

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it illuminates the starling flock as they wash back and forth across the field

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and spot-lights the hillside sheep as they try, unsuccessfully, to spell out a word

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Time to replenish the bed that Spot has eaten

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while Bert tries to disguise himself by masking his saddle

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Other glimpses from today:

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Bert is very happy this Christmas

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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He wonders if he might also be able to have babies like these

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So to celebrate this he would like to share with you his Christmas card

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and wish you a New Year full of happiness and piglets