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bodger

I'm still living the Dream.

On Saturday night it was Piglets.














And yesterday it was cider making. We pressed 55 gallons of the stuff on a wonderfully sunny day.









And as a bonus, I've finally managed to get the photos off our camera of our new set of geese. They've settled in really well and yesterday they gratefully polished off any duff apples that we threw to them. Memo to oneself. Never let the blighters anywhere near the orchards.













Health wise, things are on the way up. Long may the dream continue.
sandrar

The photos came up on my timeline first thing this morning, brought a huge smile to my face on a grey, misty day here in Devon.

Long may your dream continue. The piglets look fantastic.
bodger

Have you picked your piglets up yet?
sandrar

No thankfully it rained solid for two days after I saw the ad. which reminded me why we were going to wait for next Spring.

......but then you came along with your' too cute' photos
bodger

We'll have more piglets come spring.
perlogalism

Good innit :-) Although we've no pigs at the moment, I did get to press a few gallons of Cider yesterday (not 55 Gals though!) with NO help from the Geese:

bodger

Brilliant, you can't beat it.
Karen's out at the knitting club in the local pub tonight, so I think may very well nip to the cider room for a jug of some rather nice last years cider and sit in front of the fire with my feet up. Cheers.
perlogalism

There's only 6 pints of last years brew left    I'm saving it for a really special occasion!

I need to get the scratting sorted out as the garden mulcher works fine but the apples have to be cut into 1/4's to fit and that takes a LOT of time. Can't quite justify 200 for a proper one.... or can I.....?  
bodger

Have you got any pigs on at the moment?
perlogalism

Nope. We decided to have an easy Winter for a change so the Pigs went a couple of weeks ago and this years Wethers will be off in a week or so. It's a shame not to have anything to feed that pomace (and all the other windfalls) to.  
bodger

Milly's piglets are six weeks and three days old.














I'm going to keep four boars back and as I've already said, the other seven will be off as weaners next Sunday.
confused

Aye braw piglets , I just wish I was in a position to keep a couple of weaners  I always loved keeping a couple of pigs in the days when I could . Now the do gooders have made it so hard to be P/C and the rules regarding slaughter are  way over the top.
sod

Feel for you as we have 'TOWNYS' on 2 sides   but our slaughter are good here ' if for own use just shoot it (we get a person registered to do ours) then cut up but we get a home kill butcher to do ours so just pick up in bags. Getting to old/lazy to do it.

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