Ever since the arrival of our Leicester Longwools about 12 years ago, this farm has mostly been about the raising of heritage sheep. The sheep, however, were always raised alongside the other animal residents which at different times included horses, a donkey, chickens, guineas, peacocks and goats, as well as dogs and cats. We never had pigs, and it seemed like the time, so today, two little Guinea Hogs came to the farm - a gilt and a boar. According to the Livestock Conservancy, the rare Guinea Hog is a small, black breed of swine that is unique to the United States; the breed was once the most numerous pig breed found on homesteads in the Southeast.
The forecast was for 9" but we only got about 3" of snow last night - just enough to make things beautiful, especially as the sun came out this afternoon. We're all warm in the house by the woodstove, knowing the roads aren't plowed and there's nowhere to go.