I hate to say it but I have just taken a bit of satisfaction in my piglets having just had a shock off the electric fence, for no other reason than at least now I know it works and can leave the house without worrying about escapees.
I did a double take when I got home today as they were happily grazing in with the chickens in the pen next door to their pig run. They had sniffed out the weak spot in the fencing - which was a section that I hadn't fenced permanently in case I wanted to get the digger in to dig them a wallow. Now I am wishing I hadn't been so thoughtful. I have always heard that pigs are escapologists - but they worked out our weak spot sooner than I had imagined.
My farmer neighbour has offered to lend me a big pig ark (or cabin as he calls it), So I need to get on with fencing the land across the road and making sure it is completely pig proof.
Neil has gone off back to the UK today to attend the stag do that he has organised for our dear friend Warney. They have called it the 'Stagger', and are walking in the Cotswolds (between pubs) in a male bonding exercise.
If I know Neil I will probably get a call from a hedge somewhere when he is lost and covered in blisters.
That or he won't actually leave the pub they are starting from.
God help Gloucestershire!