Janet's thread

A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

Let’s Meet at the Pig, Pike Place Market June 8, 2011


  from the Pike Place Market website, Rachel the Pig


Let’s meet at the pig at Pike Place Market – that’s what my 2 friends and I agreed to do the other day.  One friend was visiting from Belfast Northern Ireland.  The other lives here in Seattle but I hadn’t seen her since 1969 when she looked me up in Dublin.  The Belfast friend I had seen a few years ago so I was pretty sure to recognize her.  The other…..well…..we in fact stood almost beside each other at the pig, neither of us recognizing the other, apart from thinking oh she looks as if she is waiting for someone.  Well you could say that about almost anyone who is lingering in that area and looking somewhat anxious or hopeful or bewildered or all three.   Happily, it wasn’t long before our 3rd arrived and upon hearing her voice I knew instantly who it was.  We three then exclaimed in mutual recognition and proceeded to adjourn  to Starbucks and talked and talked and talked.  What fun it was.  It is just so nice to meet up with old friends – old now in years but not at heart when we get together.  Friends in younger years but the friendships made firmer as the years pass by.

Here’s another link to a story about Rachel the Pig’s return to the Market after a recent accident.


Ducks and Piglets December 14, 2009

This morning I had an unexpected walk beside a stream.  My Irish conversation group (Cupla Focla) was unable to meet because painting was being done upstairs in the library.  So I ambled home instead and was very surprised to see ducks in the stream near the rear of the old shopping centre in Dundrum.

  Ducks in the stream

  away they swam

Then I went up to Airfield to check on the piglets.  They have really grown a lot and are scurrying about in their pen.  They get worn out and then they all huddle together and have a sleep.

Other photos taken at this time of year

        Morning sun, 9:30 a.m. at Kilternan Market

  rusty gate, abandoned, along the Upper Kilmacud Road

  sky over Ashford, December afternoon

  early morning from our upstairs window

Christmas trees for sale at Airfield    

  a stone wall along my route, the Upper Kilmacud Road

Dundrum Main Street, late afternoon       

  my knitting stash – latest photo – note the stash is getting smaller


Update on the Piglets December 7, 2009

Filed under: Pigs — Janet @ 9:15 pm

the piglets, 1 week old, and there are still 10 of them


Snippets From A Day in Dundrum, Dublin Ireland December 3, 2009

Excerpts from my diary for a night and day in early December:

  Moonlight, evening of December 2

  approx. 8:30 a.m., a view of the full moon in the western sky, as daylight comes, December 3 – the moon is that white circle seen through the upper branches of the tree

an email informs me that our belongings are well on their way to Seattle on the SS Rotterdam, due in Seattle on January 4th

10:15 a.m. – a man arrives to fit a carpet, just as I am going off to my final Irish class for this term.  Husband Ian left in charge.  On the way to my class I discover that my handwoven curtains are now buried in a skip.

  a stop for coffee at Starbucks in the Dundrum Town Centre.  I think about my curtains.

Irish class as enjoyable as ever

  Lunch at Harvey Nichols in the Dundrum Town Centre

a bit of shopping

and a walk to Airfield in the mid-afternoon to see how the piglets are doing

  Mama sow having a drink of water

the 10 five day old piglets are doing fine

 and two new goats have moved in next door to the piglets

a bit of Christmas shopping in the shop at Airfield and then coffee and tea with friends  – including 4 year old Alannah who was uneasy about seeing the piglets – Mama sow’s snorts were a bit frightening!

evening – knitting and the latest episode of Ros na Rún – a long running Irish soap


Pig Swallows Diamond December 2, 2009

Filed under: Pigs — Janet @ 6:02 pm

Pig swallows diamond – that was the leader for a small article in the Irish Times a couple of months ago.  It happened in Yorkshire.  The farmer was waiting for nature to take its course after a pig swallowed a diamond from a woman’s wedding ring.  I thought this was rather unusual and so saved the clipping.  Quite by coincidence I found the clipping again as I was thinking about writing a post about the latest natural happening at Airfield Farm – the birth of 10 little piglets.

Mama Sow and her 10 little piglets, 24 hours old

  piglets age 24 hours

  the piglets, 48 hours old – they looked about 3 times the size compared with 24 hours previous

I’ve been away for a couple of days but plan to go up to Airfield tomorrow to see how the family is doing.  Watch this space.