lunchtime – farm animals make me happy.

10 Mar

Today is a quiet day, because my boss’s booming voice is not heard off. He is out of town!!!!Plus, I am not running any major projects at the moment and I’m back to the usual day-to-day website maintenance. I was feeling lethargic.

I went for a walk with my colleague during lunchtime. There is a children’s farm just about 5 minutes walk away from where we work. Next to the farm, there is an old convent that has been converted into an art center, mainly for therapeutic art lessons for adults. Is a beautiful place. It is a nature reserve with a river running through the place. Is almost secluded but residents nearby know of its existence. There are no major, hideously tall buildings near by. Just tall trees, bushes, ancient looking convent that looks pretty creepy at night and the occasional… snakes.

My colleague, K, told me it used to be a place for the city folks who can’t afford to get away – which is of course not true anymore, as you need to be quite well off to live in the city. The first time I went to that place, it took my city folk’s breathe away. Is an escape from work, from the hustle and bustle of city. Living in the city all these years, I haven’t been near nature much. Sometimes, I feel like I’m losing touch and I don’t feel right living in the city all the time.

Anyway, K wanted to feed the pigs and so… I went along. I saw cows and horses on our way there (I told you is a farm!!!). I love farm animals, even though they are yucky. They make me laugh. (That’s how I describe my boyfriend too!!! ha!).

The pigs were kept in 3 different pig houses. (I can’t find a proper word, is not a sty because is really clean and sturdy. Spacious too!) As K have been visiting them quite frequently, they recognised her high pitch voice. She sounded almost like the lady in Babe.

“Here, piggypiggypiggypiggy,” all the pigs came out when they heard her, recognising her as the food lady. They are HUGE black pigs and there is also a litter of cute black piglets.

The pigs were grunting really loudly, in greetings or in demand, I’m not so sure. They have large slimy nose with a patch of pink spot. You can see how the 2 sides of their nose holes move when they snort in and out.  One of the pigs almost bashed up its fellow pig over a tiny slice of fruit my colleague threw into the pen. As I was taking photos of them with my mobile phone, they look like they are going to eat my phone. Thanks goodness, they did not.

The cows were out in the field, grazing on the dry glass. Nonchalant, eating their grass, minding their own business. Cows are gentler eh?

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