The weekend finally has arrived when we reached an important milestone in our drive towards self sufficiency of meat and took on 2 piglets.
They are large white cross landrace. Large white are best known for bacon pigs according to the internet, but we shall be keeping these for 6 months and using them to fill our freezer with goodies that we hope to see us through 12 months. I have no idea if 2 pigs will give us enough meat for a family of 4 for 12 months or not. I will let you know in 18 months time!
We collected them at 9:30 on Saturday morning and of course used a method of transport most people wouldn’t….but that is us all over !
They settled in amazingly quickly considering they have never felt straw under their feet before and have only known their mother. The farmer, a neighbour friend, was kind enough to lend us a heat lamp as they still need to be under heat for a few weeks yet.
They are from different litters (same father, I need to find the piggy term) but get on well. Both similar sized, so there’s less chance of bullying.
They are very young so we’re feeding them their feed in milk at the moment and will eventually get them just on to the hard feed in a few days. The milk is very good for them anyway though.
Grace named them – not me! Sunflower and buttercup. They’re both girls and will live in the barn until the warmer weather comes, when they then have a job to do. I need part of a paddock turning over as it’s riddled with nettles and weeds. I hope they do a good job!
We plan on feeding them home grown veg to supplement their hard feed which is their primary feed source of course.
Ste said something that really stuck with me at the weekend. Our smallholding is nearly complete. How nice of a feeling is that?
‘Nearly’ as we have some other arrivals due soon 😉
I am rather impressed with myself tonight. I have made rhubarb and ginger jam using our veg plot rhubarb and a jam making pan that I bought years ago but never got round to using. The pan was made for the Aga I am sure and I thoroughly enjoyed making it. I found it really relaxing and the smells were divine. Tomorrow I shall have some with breakfast and hope it tastes as good as I am expecting. Another rung on the self sufficient ladder, or at least a baby step in the right direction. This will last us right through the year although if it’s nice I may give some of the kilner jar smaller ones in hampers for Christmas.
The weather here is being enoyed by the ducks and the fields! So much so that the ducklings decided to hatch and we have at least 2 but will leave Mam to do her thing and check tomorrow if we can. What a fabulously ‘smallholding like’ evening.
Say hello to Jemima, Neville and ‘to be named’. Our new Geese! Well done Denise on guessing! These 3 beauties are our latest addition to the smallholding. They are all supposed to be around 2 years old. They are busy settling in to their new home without too much honking. They will stay in there tomorrow and Sunday we will let them out for a few hours. We have guests arriving on Sunday afternoon so will lock them up before people arrive as I don’t want to stress them out.
Exactly as Dawn said, it’s lovely when things start coming together. Happy Friday everyone.