We had a lovely day yesterday, travelling up the A34 in glorious sunshine to visit the two little ladies that are soon to join our happy little band of animals here on the farm.
Lulu and Lottie Large Black who currently live with their mummy Cilla the Large Black in sunny Wiltshire.
As you can see I'm sure Cilla will be pleased to see the back of her little brood if it means she goes back to getting her dinner in peace.
Cilla had a litter of 10 piglets, although one, Tilly is just a little runt and perhaps will not survive. Lulu and Lottie therefore have 3 sisters and 5 brothers, a really good sized litter for a first time mum.
And what a wonderful mum she is being too, sheltering her little ones from the frosty mornings by lying in front of the doorway with her back to the cold so they can feed in the warmth and running back and forth to check on them whenever she hears as much as a squeal.If our little girls are as lovely, gentle and friendly as their mum we are in for a fun time here on the farm. The piglets are 3 weeks old at the moment but as you can see from the pictures they are already eating some solids so they may be weaned from mum a little bit early, if this is the case we can go to pick them up in about 4 weeks, something we are already looking forward to.
Tomorrow pictures of the Speckledy ladies, already fitting in with the others very well. The sun is out now and throwing off enough heat already to melt the hard frost we had last night, so I am off out to tidy the side of the house today and get the tyres ready for planting the first of the carrots.