Summer gave us a preview yesterday as temperatures soared to 85.
Part of why I love Pennsylvania so much is the change of seasons.
But, usually the change is a little more gradual.
Not so, it seems, this year.
Spring arrived ahead of schedule,
and it looks as though summer might also.
The heat is hard on the animals, who have yet to shed their winter coats.
The donkeys and horses are still covered with wooly fur,
that I fear I may have to shave off.
The pigs, even though they don't grow a winter coat, also mind the heat.
Water is the solution for them.
A cool mud puddle in the shade and lots of drinking water keeps them cool.
And when that doesn't work, a shower helps.
Yesterday Ginger and MaryAnn had several showers via watering can.
They were quite appreciative!
It looks as though a kiddie pool is what I will be shopping for this week!
We are in the process of making a new pig yard in the orchard.
The fence is up, and I cut a door in the backside of the hay room that is attached
to the horses' run-in shed.
This hay room has been turned into a summer stall for the pigs...
shelter from rain and heat...
with a large shady yard to graze in...
complete with a mud hole!
What happy pigs they will be when they can finally move in to their new home...
but first, we are waiting for new grass to grow (just planted this past weekend.)