27 December 2006

Christmas comes but once a year....


Christmas trees, originally uploaded by hardworkinghippy.

We had a real Jack frost winter scene this morning!

It's so beautiful to see the trees like this - especially when you don't have to go anywhere. We've been cracking the ice and going up and down to the animals with buckets full of hot water all day for three days now. Our neighbours with cows are really struggling to get enough water to their animals.

It's really beautiful though!

Jack Frost 1

20 December 2006

Basket of socks for Christmas


Basket of socks 1
Originally uploaded by hardworkinghippy.
The cold snap has arrived just in time !

I've just finished knitting enough socks and shawls for Christmas (I hope !) the first batch went off to the UK on Monday and these are for local people who call in here to buy things.

These socks are the best I've ever worn and most of our customers come back for more.

I'll post instructions of how to make them on the machine ( A pair takes about an hour.) when I've finished knitting.

16 December 2006

First Lamb 2006


First Lamb 2006
Originally uploaded by hardworkinghippy.
Our first lamb of the season has been born and the weather's fine enough to let him go out with his mum.

I love black sheep !

Update on the piglet...

We're really sorry to say that the little piglet died today.

When I tied his unbilical cord, I flushed it out and cleaned it with anti-bacterial solution, but the septicemia from his mother must have got into his bloodstream and he just faded away. We're planting some fruit trees tomorrow, so hey ho, life goes on... (I want to scream really - life's so unfair...)

Peggy's perking up just fine.

Thanks for all your supportive comments and advice.

15 December 2006

Here at three days old, the piglet might make it, so we started toilet training.

Peggy's only surviving piglet.

We had a terrible day yesterday when Peggy was farrowing.

One of her piglets had died inside her a few weeks before and had infected her uterus.

All the piglets were born dead or were really weak and died within minutes of their birth - except this one.

Peggy's comfortable but on antibiotics to control the infection and her milk is infected too, so this wee fellow had to come inside for the warmth because without brothers and sisters to cuddle up to he'd die of hypothermia.

It was touch and go with him last night, but he's plumping up and he screamed the house down to be fed at 5 this morning, so he might pull through.
Peggy's piglet 1

14 December 2006

Peggy's only surviving piglet.



Peggy's comfortable but on antibiotics to control the infection and her milk is infected too, so this wee fellow had to come inside for the warmth because without brothers and sisters to cuddle up to he'd die of hypothermia.

It was touch and go with him last night, but he's plumping up and he screamed the house down to be fed at 5 this morning, so he might pull through.

I've been worrying about him not feeding well, but I found this out thanks to Google: "The sow has an exceptionally strong control of milk ejection and a number of studies have shown that the duration of milk flow is only 10 to 20 seconds. The average nursing interval is less than 1 hour, so that the suckling piglet normally receives more than 24 feedings daily. The nursing frequency tends to decrease with the advance of lactation."

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