This morning after the pigs had finished their breakfast, I followed them in to their pig bed and sat down with them as they made themselves comfy, scraping up straw to make cushions for the heads and body bolsters. I think they do this partly to make themselves comfortable and partly to keep warm.
Penny Pig asked me when the sun was going to shine again and when the snow was finally going to stop, for we had all awoken to 4″ of the stuff yesterday morning, though thankfully it has mostly melted, but today it started snowing here again at about midday.
I didn’t know what to say to her, other than she had to be patient. Snouter said that they had been very patient and it
had been below zero virtually the entire time since November. He is right, the poor thing, it has been a very long, cold winter: wet, icy and snowy. Penny Pig said she wanted to be able to go outside into the paddock and lie down feeling the sunshine on her fur.
Snouter said he wanted the grass to grow so he could eat lots of nice, juicy fresh grass and then lie down in the sun and get sunburned. After a brief lecture of the perils of getting sunburned, for he is a ginger pig, with thinner fur than Penny Pig and milky white skin and has been very badly burned in the past, though it seems like a distant memory, I reminded him that he must follow his sister, Penny Pig into the shade when he feels his skin is burning. He just snorted and said that there was fat chance of getting sun burned these days.
It is not just my piggies that are fed up with this weather, it is us humans too, and the sheep who are still outside and can be seen regularly sheltering close behind stone walls to avoid the worst of the snow and the cows are still inside, getting very bored. When is it going to get better?