I know it’s a bit last minute for me to be announcing this but if you are near Bristol on Sunday morning then pop over to The Pierian Centre for the Journeys Festival. You’ll be able to meet Alastair in person as he’ll be there as part of the Books & Buns morning from 11:00am to 1:30pm. You can find details of the whole Journeys festival (which starts tonight) here and download their flyer here

While we are on the topic of all things to do with Alastair, click here to have a look at his personal blog where he has recently started a discussion about whether or not people in their 20s and 30s are still able to enjoy the simple things in life.

But for now, time to end the week with a new instalment from The Hog Blog.

Cheers, Thomas

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The Hog Blog – November 2007, part 1

The Hog Blog - November 2007, part 1 

They continue to grow. I wonder whether they are frightened of fireworks? They don’t seem to have fear really – the only time they freaked out was when I went into the field wearing a hat. Have read lots of stuff, mainly from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, about how much pigs love greens. Well mine don’t. They don’t like, or won’t eat: cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, celery or swede. They do like eating seasonally however, blackberries and apples in abundance when they arrived, now they like nothing better than pumpkins and squashes. Bananas and melon are also a favourite. They adore pig nuts.

They still like to run around in the field whenever they can, rushing about tearing up grass (they will eat that), and snuffling their snouts into everything, sometimes coming up with an acorn or a beech nut and cracking it between their teeth happily. Bobbie continues to bark at them now and then but nothing like before. Occasionally they nibble at her. She rather likes sniffing their bottoms and stealing the pig nuts.

So, we have settled into a routine. Which is fine. Except my petrol bill is soaring because of all the extra trips to the office. Julia and Joe coming up with business plan apparently but still no plans to extend.

We were going to get a couple of pigs from another farm where there are also cattle, but they texted me to say they had just had a positive TB test and couldn’t move anything for months. Back to Devon then I suppose, but I quite wanted to get a couple of girls of a different breed for a bit of variation. Julia and Joe are going to attempt the fencing so I won’t hold my breath. Must get more before February though when Porker will be off. Cannot have Mabel on her own. Research for other pigs necessary, but what type? More Berkshires? (not so good for bacon) …or a Gloucester Old Spot or a Saddleback. Maybe a Large Black, but would it matter to only have black pigs?

Nicola

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