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Mill House Animal Farm is published as Kindle Book (in 4 parts).

Part 1 Winter 2012 will be available as a free download for 48 hours from midnight.

Happy reading!





sprouted from uprooted bulb within 2 days

sprouted from uprooted bulb within 2 days

never give up!

is full of yellow leaves.

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A rainy Sunday afternoon in rural Ireland

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But too cold for Monet I suppose…?

the best things

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in life

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are free

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It can be a challenge to be a (female/) farmer in Ireland…

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10 am: a quick feeding round of the 8 new piglets and picking up some cat food and other essentials in Oldcastle town on the way back .

Home at 11 am but unable to enter the gate…

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as a tonne (50x 20 kg bags) of pig feed has been dumped in my driveway! (I always keep the gate locked and the 4 dogs loose on the yard when away from home)

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Not a sign of the driver and no phone call in advance…

and he knows that I have no helpers or wwoofers and have to offload all the bags myself as I told him when he delivered another tonne some 3 weeks ago.

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I phoned the company and asked (twice) for their email address (they don’t seem to have a website)

However an email was not provided so I told them that I would post the info on Facebook…

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NOT GOOD for (anyone’s) business!

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Fortunately halfway offloading the pellet a neighbour stopped his car and dropped off his young son to help me. Thank you Fergus!


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A BIG sow?

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Mother (3 years old) and daughter (2 years old) are inseparable (apart from quarrelling over food…) and still sleep together in the white calf hutch; even after having both delivered off-spring last year! ( and I remember advising mothers on Dutch “consultatie bureaus” (well baby clinics) not to worry as their baby sons and daughters would not continue sleeping in their parent’s beds as teenagers…?!?)

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A (large) sow lying down for a nap?

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Finding the right spot on a hot sunny day

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Shoving away some earth to find cool ground

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Weight bearing is on the snout and fore legs it seems

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Going through the knees

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That’s it! Now please leave me alone!


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A “poppy nettle”?

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DIY- Companion Planting?

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Perfect harmony it seems and I did not do anything (nor did I undo anything..)