Poor old piglets, they have endured a very long and very cold winter, braved the snow for weeks, about which they were very unimpressed, and last weekend
they had to cope with the first really hot spell.
Of course, it is all over now, we are back to temperatures of 9 degrees C at mid day, (I hope that wasn’t the summer, like last year), but they just didn’t know what to do with themselves. Pigs don’t have sweat glands so they need to wallow in mud or water.
Fortunately, I am in the process of creating a small pond and it is nice and muddy. By 10am, they were over heating poor things and couldn’t get comfy so they cooled down by lying down in the muddy shallows. Penny Pig did her best hippo impression whilst her brother Snouter tried to prise her out of her place so he could lie there, even though there is room for two.
Then they rolled around in loose earth at the bottom of the old goat manure heap (hhmm, even better!) and then over the course of the afternoon, they shifted the sheep away from a shady place by the fence and lay down in the shade. If you look at the photos, you will see that they spend a lot of time sleeping as they have their eyes closed and are no doubt dreaming of the tasty things to come at dinner.