Hairy Pigs on Easdale Island
Post by Lynn and Paul Henni
Having summoned the ferry to take us from Easdale village to Easdale Island by pressing the bell, we thought we’d probably be back on the next scheduled one about half an hour later. After all, it’s a small island and we had visited it previously. We had not anticipated the lure of the woolly pig or the blonde Mangalica pig, according to Wikipedia.
We found a sign saying ‘Pigs’ and followed the direction in which it pointed. We came across a sunken area with a couple of these lovely Mangalica snoozing away – this is the female.
Once we got closer, we realised that there was a large litter of tiny piglets sprawled over the male pig – we later established they were about 2 weeks old. They started to move around as we got closer.
A close-up of one of the piglets straddling dad’s foot.
Clearly, it was tea-time so they all made for the mother and started suckling. She did her best to sleep on.
After a lot of wriggling, they managed to line up so they could all get in to feed.
Happy little piglets!
Once fed, they all toddled off.
And back to dad – perhaps he has more body heat but the challenge was for the whole litter to climb on top of him and find a secure perch.
There were several false starts and not all climbing was elegant.
Some tried a double-decker approach to hold on.
Eventually, they managed to form a neat line although the one at the end didn’t look to secure and more wriggling, slipping and re-climbing followed.
Looking quite contented here.
They look much more comfortable lying snuggled up next to their dad – well, apart from the one underneath but it looked happy enough.
The sow slept on presumably happy that the boar was looking after their little family.
If you want to visit the pigs, they are owned by the folk who run the Easdale B&B which looks like a very peaceful place to stay.
Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.
henni.photo Prints and Etchings at 3 locations
Currently, our prints and etchings are on display at McDonald-Greene Jewellers in Bruntsfield, at Dundas Street Framers and in the Art Collective at 139 Princes Street. All work is for sale and ready to take away, but please feel free just to go and have a look and tell us what you think. Nothing beats seeing a print on the wall – you get a much better idea of it than on a screen.
Edinburgh Alphabet Exhibition at The CityArt Centre
Paul’s photo is still on display in this exhibition, which is free and runs until October. See this post for more details.
If there are any other images you are interesting in buying as prints – framed, mounted or rolled in a tube – that are not in the exhibitions please email us to let us know.