Happy Pig Year

When thinking about the year ahead we recommend the best strategy might be work out how you can spend more time close to pigs.

[some of these pictures thanks to kyphorrhinos]

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Frost, Mist and Sunshine

Some moments from two days ago…

Several degrees of frost overnight and then the morning sun illuminated swathes of low cloud hovering below us, shape shifting throughout the day, hiding and revealing in a seven-veil dance.

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As the sun slinks across the field, it only has the energy for selective thawing
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The pigs strain to catch the fleeting warmth
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and the new pond, for the first time, has a solid coating
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Blusters and Brussels

The air might have a temperature of ten degrees but it is moving fast
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pressing leaves against the wire
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The neighbouring sheep huddle in our lea
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But a wild strawberry finds a hedgerow niche to produce a December flower
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Sun seeps through the gaps
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and lights up the Southern hillsides
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The hens are appreciative of their Christmas marrow
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but sceptical of the sprouts
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By ten past four all is calm
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and the cared-for hedgehog is safely curled up
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When Silence is Broken

On Christmas Eve, as midnight approaches,
And the darkness clicks over into Christmas Day
There is an old story that the animals in the stable where Jesus was born
Can speak, just for a few hours
Until, like many of us, they wait for permission to speak again.

Listen hard this night
Listen hard for the voices that are normally as silent as stones
Listen hard this night
To the voice that’s inside you
To the voice that sings from your bones.

The Ian McMillan Orchestra

Listen here:

 

Some Gribin Isaf residents with something to say tonight:
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