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I'm still learning who I am and what i'm meant to be doing, but in the meantime, I am enjoying my role as a mother to 2 gorgeous girls and a wife to a man that has a whole lotta heart... I used to sit and wait for tomorrow but i'm enjoying 'right now' too much to bother anymore xo

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Pig Pen (..that HAD to happen)

...as much as I adore animals, as much as I respect their specific needs and what they represent, having them in your own (domesticated) environment certainly does change those rules a little.
Our latest addition, a little black pig named Kevin (named after Kevin Bacon, the actor - NOT for his acting abilities I can tell you...)arrived late on a Sunday afternoon. I grabbed him from Brendan's boot and rushed inside to show him off (as we were visiting friends just after we got him)... he was WAY cuter than I had expected!!! He was so tiny, so furry, so snorty and so very much a tiny 'Wilbur' - who doesn't love Wilbur from 'Charlottes Web'!!?? Or even 'Babe', from the (Australian) movie of the same title?
Kevin is sweet as! He follows me everywhere (we have an acre and a half...) even on my daily checks of our boundary (to check for fox scratchings or the like)He seems to trust me the most ( i am guessing because I mostly feed him, I am mostly home and I am the more 'nurturng' of the two adults who look after him)i have to admit that both Kevin and I enjoy our many moments when i give him a good scratch on the belly or back - wherever he can't reach.
Yes.. I have become a little attatched to this little grunting creature! And, YES, I may have to hide him from my husband in the near future when he plans to have a spit.... but that aside, Kevin has decided that our outdoor entertaining area is the perfect spot to mark his domain... OH the stench.
Brendan has, JUST TODAY, built a gorgeous pen for Kevin... it is AMAZING! I am not being biased, it is a gorgeous pen! No more pig poo under my outdoor table! No more pig poo and wee near the outside stereo.... he is now contained, yet sheltered and safe, away from the 'humans (and one very well behaved dog)area'. It will be finished tomorrow after the roof has been attatched (though he has a cardboard box, stuffed with a doona, that he has LOVED since he first arrived)

Kevin was only coaxed into his new pen by ME (LOL), though I admit, I had his favourite treat in my hand and he knew it (some nice biscuits from a famiy pack - i know he would prefer wafer biccies!!! LOL) and Has not made a sound since - instead, he curled up in his ( soon to be upgraded) box complete with doona, and has been silently sleeping away since hours ago. (Usually, he squeals at the back door for more fruit or milk....for however ong I stay up for..)
In conclucion, i think this little pack-type animal has become accustomed to 'Our way' and is dealiong well..... though this is only the first night... please, cross your fingers wit me that he leaens to love his new home and that all will continue smoothly... LOL
At the cost of $250 AD, Brendan has built this amazing (yet very strong) structure) in which we hope to contain a very strong pig, or two in the future.
This $250 covered the concrete powder, hiring of a drill-hole borer (machine), 3 x extra posts, screws plus 16 hours, all up, of labour..
the rest of the materials were already here on the property from old fencing, different jobs and other miscellaneous things.... so, in the end - this is a good price (if onoly he could quote me the same for the kids' cubby!!! )
So, my friends, I will leave tis blog at this.... so that I can fill yoy in on how the new pen holds up etc etc..... until next time, take care hey xo Tam

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