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Hairy Pigs on Easdale Island

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

Having summoned the ferry to take us from Easdale village to Easdale Island by pressing the bell, we thought we’d probably be back on the next scheduled one about half an hour later.  After all, it’s a small island and we had visited it previously.  We had not anticipated the lure of the woolly pig or the blonde Mangalica pig, according to Wikipedia.

We found a sign saying ‘Pigs’ and followed the direction in which it pointed.  We came across a sunken area with a couple of these lovely Mangalica snoozing away – this is the female.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland.  Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Once we got closer, we realised that there was a large litter of tiny piglets sprawled over the male pig – we later established they were about 2 weeks old.  They started to move around as we got closer.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

A close-up of one of the piglets straddling dad’s foot.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Clearly, it was tea-time so they all made for the mother and started suckling.  She did her best to sleep on.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

After a lot of wriggling, they managed to line up so they could all get in to feed.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Happy little piglets!

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Once fed, they all toddled off.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

And back to dad – perhaps he has more body heat but the challenge was for the whole litter to climb on top of him and find a secure perch.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

There were several false starts and not all climbing was elegant.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Some tried a double-decker approach to hold on.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Eventually, they managed to form a neat line although the one at the end didn’t look to secure and more wriggling, slipping and re-climbing followed.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Looking quite contented here.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

They look much more comfortable lying snuggled up next to their dad – well, apart from the one underneath but it looked happy enough.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The sow slept on presumably happy that the boar was looking after their little family.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

If you want to visit the pigs, they are owned by the folk who run the Easdale B&B which looks like a very peaceful place to stay.

Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.

henni.photo Prints and Etchings at 3 locations

Currently, our prints and etchings are on display at McDonald-Greene Jewellers in Bruntsfield,  at Dundas Street Framers and in the Art Collective at 139 Princes Street.  All work is for sale and ready to take away, but please feel free just to go and have a look and tell us what you think. Nothing beats seeing a print on the wall – you get a much better idea of it than on a screen.

henni.photo @ McDonald Greene jewellers, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ McDonald Greene jewellers, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ Dundas Street Framers. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo @ Dundas Street Framers. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo @ The Art Collective, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ The Art Collective, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Edinburgh Alphabet Exhibition at The CityArt Centre

Paul’s photo is still on display in this exhibition, which is free and runs until October. See this post for more details.

City Art Centre A to Z Exhibition, ‘On The Inside’, Vaseline Hair’ Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

If there are any other images you are interesting in buying as prints  – framed, mounted or rolled in a tube – that are not in the exhibitions please email us to let us know.

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