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 Sandy has now been moved to the birthing suite, she is due to farrow very soon although at the moment apart from a bigger tummy is showing no signs of piglets on the way, only hoping she hasn't been eating too many pies.

 The day old chicks are now a month old and looking very different with their feathers. this is their panic pose when you enter the pen. Tomorrow they are going to be let outside now they are big enough not to escape through the wire fence.
 The cows have moved fields a few times now, although there is plenty of grass in the rest of this field they seem to think they should stay in the mud. A ploy for a sympathy vote to be moved again to pasture new as the grass is always greener on the other side.
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Another pair who are sulking due to being evicted from the poly tunnel are Vanille and Bambo, rather than sheltering under the trees they stay out looking like sad donkeys waiting for a passing carrot at pig feeding time. They are having dreams of moving to where the cows are above and having access to the hanger (which is waiting to be cleaned ready for them).
Today was wet again, were in for a wet week here. Shame as it was the plant fair at Laguepie, a quick look around to buy tomato, pepper, cucumber and melon plants but also included a chili and 50 leeks which maybe the only veg to be planted tomorrow saving the others for when it warms up again. All this wet weather with so much gardening, weeding and veggie patch sorting isn't helping at all and the house is smelling a bit of wet dog today.

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