Author: Michael Sheahan

Shaking On It

Shaking On It

The pigs are back in their front pasture enjoying the field mix I planted there at the beginning of the summer and fattening themselves up for the long winter.  They were ready.   What had been a cool and shady spot to spend the summer was getting cold and dark in October.  Besides, as I’ve already …

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Summer 2019 Pig Roast Fundraiser!

Summer 2019 Pig Roast Fundraiser!

Just hold on a minute and let me explain.  The Summer 2019 Pig Roast Fundraiser is not what you think.  Here’s the idea:  Beer from our neighborhood brewery, maybe some music, an exquisitely prepared vegetarian feast, and, then, a pig roast at which I stand up and make fun of my pigs.  Good idea, right?

End of Summer Update

End of Summer Update

My pigs had a decent summer enjoying the deep shade of tall, majestic red oaks.  Even though it was on the hot and dry side for a summer on the Maine coast, they didn’t spend nearly as much time wallowing as they did last summer.  They did, however, shed their thick winter coats, and spent …

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

The pigs were finished with their old pasture.  They’d snuffled and rooted and then snuffled and rooted again, and it was past time for something new to explore.  Today, not knowing exactly what would happen, I opened their gate, and Michelle and I led them, without fanfare, to their summer home, a couple acres of …

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Industrious Pigs

Industrious Pigs

As soon as there’s daylight, my pigs are out there working the soil.  On a Sunday morning such as this one with a 5am temperature in the mid-20’s, one would think that they’d choose to sleep in.  (Like the rest of my family.)  Perhaps, after a long, cold and snowy winter, they’re making up for …

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Christopher Hogwood

Christopher Hogwood

I just finished reading The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.  Christopher had been a runt marked for death who ended up leading a charmed and long life, tipping the scales at something north of 700 lbs and achieving fame on television and in print.  Everyone loved Christopher; he …

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Nor’Easters

Nor’Easters

A few weeks ago my pigs had access to a few acres of bare, root-able, snuffle-able ground.  Since then we have received over 30″ of snow thanks to a series of Nor’Easters, vivid reminders that late March in Maine can be full-on, full-blast winter.  My pigs are not impressed.  Deep snow and short legs aren’t …

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It’s Still Winter

It’s Still Winter

The pigs don’t seem to mind that there’s a foot of snow where they usually eat their morning meal.  The authorities have declared today a snow day, and I thought it might be a good time to catch up on things.  I’ll get the unfortunate news out of the way right off.  Wilbur, the star …

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Wilbur

Wilbur

When I met the piglet a few weeks ago, he was stretched out in front of the wood stove enjoying a life of leisure and diminutive cups of goat milk.  He’d been the runt of the litter and was sure to die if the children on the farm hadn’t intervened and nursed him back to …

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