Monday, 1 September 2008
before moving here i was aware that our nearest neighbours and good friends reared cattle and pigs for slaughter
just before we arrived they "dispatched" their pigs (except for Jo - who is now ours x)
and they said that they would not have pigs again - to say i was pleased was an understatement.
sadly for me they decided that due to the lack of cattle ready for slaughter this year that a piglet should be purchased and fattened up - she is up there now - the cutest three coloured pig you could ever see :(
i have visited only once and i will not go again
as for cattle.....
perhaps in my ignorance i thought that the calves born this year would be kept - they were down to only three cows that each had a calf
one cow lost her life due to a nasty infection, and this i thought would lead them to keep her baby
sadly for me (again!) all three calves turned out to be boys so have all been labelled up as future dinners
unlike piggy, i see these three boys all day every day - they cavort past my windows enjoying life, no idea what awaits them in the future.
i have tried desperately to avoid looking at them too often but they have stolen my heart......
especially this one......
and this one.......
i know, i know this is the reality of living here and it is something that i have accepted but i know will never get used to
the only side of all this that i feel grateful for is that these three boys are so happy right now - they have so much room to run around in, good grazing, access to dry shelter and a great big Llama that guards them with her life!
i will just go out on the days that the final act is performed - thankfully here in Scotland cattle can be killed at home - no stress of being loaded in to a meat wagon, no waiting in a pen with the smell of death seeping out of the abattoir.......
a calm departure
i just do not want to be here when it happens
Posted by Tracy x at 12:34