About us

We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A good morning's work

Our piglets are spoiled. 

Surrounded by a high walls, their garden is almost wind proof. A rare abundance of bushes and trees, provide shade and shelter.

Nonetheless, the hatchlings and I been brewing a new project. 

Years ago, I called around, when we first discussed pigs, to buy a pig ark.

Quotes of £380 - 570, were banded about. We quickly realised that after shipping, we would be spending a good £1000 to house our pigs.

That is not realistic for us.

I dithered and fussed and eventually settled on a wood framed ark. We are not farrowing or over wintering.

So the hatchlings and I squeezed as much wood as we could into our little car.

And we built this,

for £37, including screws.

Whether the pigs use it or not, we had a great time building, and we didn't break our budget.

Now, I can't wait to paint it.... I'm thinking polka dots! 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Ignorance is bliss

I have been reported, not once, but three times now, in 24 hours by a busy body.

It is humbling, this experience.

However, let's get a few facts straight.

10-week old lambs do not need a continuous supply of feed. They eat grass; that is the nature of their digestion. I supplement ours by offering extra feed twice a day, what they do not eat in an hour is removed, because I do not want them eating spoiled food, that can make them ill. Nor, do I want to encourage pests. Which can spread disease or become aggressive.

Lambs are also not being 'abused' by my children. My children play with them as puppies. If you see one of our lambs with a sun hat on, pursuing a football alongside five children, this lamb is being loved. Not abused.

Equally, pigs eat apples. This is not harmful tables scraps. It is illegal to feed livestock scraps, but it is not abuse to feed them fresh fruit and vegetables that are bought with the intent of them being animal food.

Another point, an animal is perfectly capable of choosing when to shelter from the rain. Our pigs have the option of going undercover, but I do not lock them inside for every second it rains. I trust them to make their minds up.

If you have a problem, and clearly someone does, please do report me again.

Both the RSPCA and the police think it is a joke.

I wish I could not take it so personally. However, I am pleased to say, they have come out to check on our animals, again. They have had nothing, but praise for our animals.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Stopping to play in the sunshine

It has rained and rained,

the wettest Spring on record.

Every hour of sunshine, very rare hour of sunshine,

has been needed to work on the things that are difficult in the wind and the rain.

However, this little hatchling had not yet sampled the daisies and buttercups of 2015,

and this one was in need of a swing.

It was a lovely taste of summer.

Which we hope the future holds in abundance.