Ethel the Little Porkie

We finally went to see Ethel, our little porkie, who is being raised on our behalf by Samphire at Sycamore Farm. You can see a video about the farm and My Little Porkie here.

Gt Ellingham 009a

Karen and Geoff Nethercott run Samphire Shop and Sycamore Farm, and very kindly gave us a guided tour, and of course introduced us to the pigs. But first, a lovely mixed flock of chickens. Every orchard needs a few chickens!

Gt Ellingham 011a

Gt Ellingham 013a

Gt Ellingham 012a

Then on to see the object of our visit, the pigs. And, of course, Ethel in particular:

Gt Ellingham 014a

Gt Ellingham 015a

Gt Ellingham 018a

Gt Ellingham 021a

Gt Ellingham 022a

Ethel is a cross between a Saddleback and a Gloucester Old Spot. Karen and Geoff also breed Middle Whites. These are an old-fashioned rare breed – and they ARE rare, partly because they don’t grow very large, and partly because the meat isn’t fashionably lean. But by all accounts they are delicious. Maybe for our next little porkie?

Gt Ellingham 023a

Having met the children, we went to the next field to meet the parents, admiring the geese on the way.

Gt Ellingham 024a

First the Gloucester Old Spot mums – both expecting again.

Gt Ellingham 026a

Gt Ellingham 027a

You know “who’s the daddy?” when you meet this guy. He’s a big lad.

Gt Ellingham 028a

Gt Ellingham 030a

Another picture of the Gloucester Old Spot girls, with a pair of Middle Whites, also for breeding, on the far side.

Gt Ellingham 031a

And here are the Middle Whites:

Gt Ellingham 032a

I could have stayed and admired the pigs for hours, but sadly we couldn’t. One final treat was to see the beautiful flock of Ryeland sheep. And of course to admire the barn, designed and built by Geoff himself!

Gt Ellingham 033a

Sycamore Farm is a wonderful place, and Karen and Geoff are dedicated to their rare breeds. Please support them at Samphire. The pork pies are a particular delight!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s