Bringing home the bacon

Today we go to visit some old friends
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grown slightly bigger
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and at the same time bring home the bacon
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this evening, some of it, sizzling in the pan
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and the message from the sheep is cryptic today
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Getting the measure of things

Today we increase our freezer capacity and take measurements
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to see what might fit
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Brutus is oblivious but Lottie and Bina are concerned for him
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As previously mentioned, rain is not on the current agenda here. So today it did not rain. It was just that the mist and fog
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saturated the air to the extent that water just had to drip out – beautifying things all around
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The sheep don’t notice sogginess
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and go about their business
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Again, as the sun slips down it finds a crack between the cloud and the earth to spotlight the hillside opposite
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and allow the midges to come out to play
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Finding the cracks where the light gets in

Currently the weather is mainly like this
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Which is great because it is mild – day and night – mainly calm and…DRY.

There are a few moments when the light shines in as the sun lifts its lazy late October rise before it disappears above the cosy clouds. It blasts through from the East
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and casts a roving spotlight to the West, picking out selected highlights
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We continue our home brewing experiments
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and having visited the neighbour’s field to gather the fallen crab apples from among the sheep droppings
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are gratified to find that Andy Hamilton says
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Meanwhile, we think the sheep on the opposite hillside might be trying to communicate with us in code
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Enclosure

After earlier breaching our boundary to allow easy pig movements today machinery
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and men
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arrive to complete the enclosure
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inside we add more water boatmen enriched water
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harvested from the hilltop lake
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and brought back down the hill
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A pleasure to have visitors to help with that and to enjoy hands-on pigs
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Living in Oblique Times

How fortunate we are in this land to be 55 degrees away from the equator. That gives us the angled light of autumn that takes us from a dawn where the valley is obscured by clouds

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through the illumination of the red oak
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and the haloing of ducks
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even fallen sycamore leaves are enhanced
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Today they rattled down through the still air with alarming fatalism

to the last western glow
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We are told┬áto harvest remaining tomatoes and “cut our losses”
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but it is easier said than done
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We have a brief trauma when we hear ear-splitting howls from down below. We find Dinah, inexplicably, with her jaw caught in the stock fencing. We cut the fence. She seems grateful, and not to much the worse for wear
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She follows us around and then feasts on new cut grass.
Here is the fence after we have cut out the wire and shielded it with a hurdle
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Dinah is proving a resilient sow.
Week 1: Seperated from litter, taken to new home, exposed to Bert, trapped in a fence – and still appears relaxed and friendly.

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Bert has a Good Day

Four days ago Bert received a new neighbour. All in one day Dinah had been separated from the last of her litter, transported the length of Wales, and installed in a new home during the hours of darkness.

This morning the sun shone down and Bert alternated between trying to chew through the fence and lying down with a come hither posture
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Dinah was quite keen too so we decided to give them some time together. We were fully occupied supervising the encounter so were not able to record it during the first bout.

After that Bert needed a quick face-pack before trying to encourage Dinah to engage in round 2

She felt she had had enough so went back for a quiet graze and a comforting tickle
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Bert needed a little lie down
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and a review of his vital parts
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