The only piggies we have had that have been to Cornwall were Sunshine and Flower our first two. We had decided that we were venturing down there again with the latest incarnation of the gang with a week in Bude and a week planned in Paignton.
This would be Nova’s first major excursion. We had managed a weekend at Hopfest which was entertaining as she couldn’t escape our attempts to grab cuddles.
This next trip however meant a long road trip. Cosmos and Astro were no trouble and took the journey in their stride, Nova and Twinkle were a different matter. Without her travelling companion of three years no longer with her Twinkle was a bit muted, twinned with her position as top Sow. In their travel caddy Nova started and Twinkle joined in, in seeing who could bury themselves in the fleece the most.
We finally arrived in Bude and the site (Ivyleaf Cottage Holidays – chosen entirely at random) proved to be a haven of tranquillity which the piggies enjoyed. Our main companion on site being a male pheasant who would proceed to march up and down the field showing who was boss.
Introducing Nova to the joys of caravanning was fraught with some issues. The first making sure that when the cage was open she didn’t try jumping out. This is usually a problem when we first get up and morning cucumber is dished out. With the cage on the side the front of it lifts up when opened. Cosmos has a habit of putting her paws on the cage side and leaning her head out, we have learnt that this is as far as she goes (the first few times it was hands pushing her back in). Twinkle usually sits on the shelf which is just as bad. Now Nova was trying to follow by example so it was lift, dump cucumber, drop front QUICKLY!
The next issue arose when she was first allowed onto grass. She had been getting handfuls of grass to get accustomed, but now she was getting loads of grass time. She took to it like a duck to water, the only problem as with the others was when it came to get them back inside. As they say, twas like trying to catch pump water.
We had a great week at Bude and would recommend Ivyleaf Cottage Holidays, Jackie and Stuart made us and the piggies very welcome and look forward to going back.
From their we made our way cross country to Berry Pomery near Paignton. We had stayed here before and we ended up on a nice pitch, far enough away from others so we weren’t too disturbed. This second week we encountered the heat, not as bad as if we had stayed at home though (25C as compared to 31C back in the Midlands). Even so we had be mindful of the heat and employed some new ideas. Freezer packs on the top of the cage, using physics as it helped draw the hot air out of the cage. The wind break became employed outside to offer shade to the run as were extra fleeces as covers.
(We took the opportunity to visit Dartmoor Zoo (which the film I bought a Zoo is based on) had a great time and saw a number of piggy cousins.)
Throughout this fortnight Nova was becoming more accustomed to being handled, even to the point of sitting at the window (reminiscent of Star) and learning to become more chilled. (This has meant at home she is becoming less skittish and happier at being cuddled.) The confines of the caravan are helping her to become more relaxed around us.
Once back we barely had chance to breathe before we off to the TEAS (The Excellent Adventure Sanctuary) for their open day where we to be guests. It was a great day even meeting a couple of our fans who were able to get cuddles of the gang. (Next chance will the Potteries Animal Rescue Xmas Fair at Kidsgrove Townhall In November.)
Finally we managed a weekend at our favourite Shrewsbury site, Ashurst, the end of July.