“Get Off My Drive”

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On the afternoon of this very dull day, Jackie drove me into the forest.

The stretch of Highland Water outside Brockenhurst is beginning to replenish itself, but there is a way to go before the banks are lapped again.

Unusually, more cattle than ponies cropped the surrounding sward. The neat cuts of the equine tails provide evidence that their owners have experience the annual Drift. As I wandered among the animals I thought how much pigs at pannage would enjoy the acorns that littered the ground.

On the outskirts of the village, where there was no mast, a pig with piglets, one of which looked like the porcine equivalent of a teenager, scrabbled about among roadside gravel, until the resident of Clava Cottage emerged with a hockey stick that he waved in their direction, exclaiming “come on you lot. Get off my drive”. The majority of the swine dashed into the stables next door, leaving one little piggie behind. It didn’t seem to notice.

This evening the three of us dined on the Walhampton Arms Carvery. Trying not to think of piglets our meat was gammon and turkey with all the trimmings. Elizabeth and I both drank Nueve  Vidas Merlot 2016 while Jackie drank Diet Coke.

46 thoughts on ““Get Off My Drive”

  1. It’s nice to see pigs and cows running around free. Much better than in the factory farms where they are terribly crowded and confined. The freedom is with the risks.

  2. I wholeheartedly support the Colva Cottage resident’s feelings over the pigs hogging his drive. The way they scurried away hints at a recurring pattern. I wish you were able to capture his photo waiving the stick!

  3. Good morning Derrick!! I love piglets!!!

    Pigs are often mislabeled as being greedy, dirty, and smelly animals by people, but what you never hear about is their incredibly loving and caring personalities, and the host of amazing and adorable things which they love to do. Pigs are actually exceptionally intelligent clean creatures who never make a mess where they sleep. Unfortunately, many pigs are unable to show off their natural instincts and behaviors as they are forced to live confined in cramped and unclean factory farms.

    To see some of these activities for yourself, take a visit to a farm animal sanctuary where you’ll be sure to catch a glimpse of pigs enjoying life to the max.

    Read more here : https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/things-pigs-love-to-do/

  4. HA! Maybe the little piggies were on their way to market looking for some roast beef to eat and they HAD to cross the driveway?! (Ha! Thinking of the This Little Piggie nursery rhyme!) I love what the man yelled! 😀

    I think piggies are cute, but I know from personal experience they can stink and be stubborn!

    I love how that one cow is posing for you, Derrick! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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