Monday, April 29, 2013

Of Mushrooms and Pigs

There is a craggy old apple tree in our orchard
(a truly magical tree)
that produces no more apples,
and looks sort of scary.


It is a tree that we will never chop down, however,
because the soil above its roots is home to the elusive morel mushroom.
Each spring, for the past several, a morel mushroom has grown at the base of this tree.
This year...
not one, not two, not three morels, but...


eight morel mushrooms appeared!


Morels are very expensive in the grocery store ($300/pound),
so I will be looking for something yummy to make with these!

Right across from the mushroom tree are Ginger and MaryAnn.


I spent a little time yesterday trimming hooves.
After trying all sorts of tools, including goat trimmers and a rasp,
I have found the perfect tool for trimming pig hooves (a 10-inch equine hoof nipper)...


and thankfully, these two gals are very cooperative,
lying on their sides, while I rub their bellies and do their pedicures.

Our pedicure time came to an abrupt halt, as
Hubbs stopped by the pigpen with a handful of dandelions for the girls.


This used to be their favorite treat, but they seemed less interested this time.


What was of incredible interest to MaryAnn, however, was Hubbs himself!


Here is a series of photos that better describes this than I could with words!




Unfortunately, I did not record the sounds she was making.
She was loudly and excitedly telling Hubbs how much she likes him!


Tight-lipped Hubbs refuses to kiss the pig...


"All my men wear English Leather, or they wear nothing at all!"


(Note MaryAnn's flehmen response...nose and upper lip raised into the air...
much like that in horses...
used to better detect pheromones.)


(I think she really likes you, Hubbs!)


Hubbs gets just a little nervous.


I guess this is what happens when you bring flowers to a pig!!


(Dos Equis, eat your heart out...


18 comments:

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Ha ha ha!!! Your right, Dos Equis has nothing on your Hubbs. How sweet is Maryanne, I have such a new appreciation of pigs.

Lynne said...

Morel mushroom find, a pedicure and flowers makes for a very nice day.

Then a bit of conversation, some attention and close to a "first kiss" . . . makes for an almost perfect day!

Adorable Kim . . . I loved this . . .

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Maryann & hubs, mmmm, you better be careful! LOL

Lynne said...

Oops . . . sorry, I meant Bev . . . forgive me!

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos ! Maryanne sniffing around your man . I think she is in love hehe ! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the smile ! Have a good day !

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Oh my goodness! She really DOES like your husband. How incredibly cute.... I wouldn't let my lips touch those of a pig either. I bet it feels all wet and moooshy. Sort of icky

Great post and happy monday to you!

Junebug said...

How cute is this post with Hubbs and Maryann! I think I would pass on the kiss also, but who could refuse a man with English Leather!!!

Here's to a great week!! Hugs!

edenhills said...

Congrats on finding all those mushrooms! I love the pictures of hubbs and pigs!

Karen L. Bates said...

Love those photos of your hubby...too cute!

Morels are super good, but never it too many!

vlb5757 said...

So cute! I love that your pig loves your hubby. Cute pics.

Velva said...

I am smiling from ear to ear...Pigs are such fun, smart animals. Thanks for sharing.

Velva

Susan said...

Riot! I love your pigs - and pigs in general.

Missy George said...

Love it...Bringing flowers to a pig..Have things gotten that bad Jack??? (really not bad )..Too funny..great pictures..Maryanne's in Love...

Missy George said...

PS..Never saw or heard of those mushrooms..(not a fan)..They are very cool looking..interesting..Were they good??

Susannah said...

Love mushrooms.....but we have never eaten these. What did you make with them?

Hubbs and Maryann? Very Funny!

Susannah

thecrazysheeplady said...

Excellent!

Amy at Verde Farm said...

I absolutely LOVE this post--she is such a beauty and she sure does love Hubb’s ;)

Anonymous said...

this is the cutest thing ever!!

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