Saturday, August 22, 2009


Last weekend we took the in-laws to Upper Canada Village, which I loved! I have tons o' pics, but I won't put them all in one post. Let's start with THE PIGS:

There were piglets roaming free in the 35C heat (with humidex of 40C --- that's 104F for you Americans!) But they managed to find places to cool off. likr around the horse trough!

Or there's always the time-honoured cooling classic of sticking your entire snout in the mud:

Nobody ever wants to move around much when it's steeeeenking hot!

Meanwhile, the big (and I do mean BIG) pigs were hanging out in the pig pen shelter.

These two piglets nipped into the barn for a nap...

...while a huge sow (take my word for it, because the photo doesn't do her justice) had a cool drink of water.

I definitely need a pet pig on our farm. Which means I'm going to have to give up bacon (although we do get really nice, nitrate-free organic bacon from Tamworth pigs raised near here!)

More pics to come!

PS: My dog Tristan got his third skunking of 2009 last night. And for some reason, Gordon's sandals also stink.

PPS: Of skunk. The sandals stink of skunk. Just wanted to clarify!


  1. Thanks for the clarification on the sandals. Great pix of the piggies btw!

  2. Give up bacon? What heresy is this?

  3. I know, I know. Don't worry, I haven't done it!

  4. I would love to have a pigglet too! As a matter of fact, I'd like to have a little farm as well. I knew a woman who had a pig as a pet in her house. It slept on a big pillow and was trained like a dog, but HUGE! It was called Hermann and was the talk of the town. :o)

  5. Anonymous7:30 pm

    I don't remember my farm-sitting contract having anything about de-skunking dogs in it. Please tell me that the skunks will be in hibernation by the time October rolls around or that Tristan will have learned by then to keep his nose out of trouble :)


  6. Nothing worse than a skunk stinking.

  7. Um, Sara, um, yes, that's it, skunks hibernate in October. Because Tristan will never learn to keep his nose out of trouble!!!

    Monika, I can't imagine having a huge pig in my house, but I hear they make adorable pets. If I ever do get a pig, it'll be living in the barn!

    James, it's a bit of a toss-up, but porcupining is worse than skunking. More pain for the dog, several hundred dollars for an after hours vet-visit involving pliers and sedation!!


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