Friday, 11 March 2011

Undercover Job



One day last week I was staggering up the hill on my way home, laden with groceries and stopping at Base Camp 2 to catch my breath.. I noticed a laminated sign attached to a lamp post .. Squinting at it, without my reading specs on, I manage to decipher the gist of the message.. Which went as follows.. The residents of Camden Crescent have got together to clear an area of wild overgrown scrub land that lies below the crescent. This has involved cutting down many rampant shrubs and a huge tangle of brambles and Bindweed, removing a few old specimens and coppicing the remaining Dogwood and Willows. A cunning method of clearing the vast tapestry of bramble roots that remained was to bring in a family of willing pigs to to the job...


I crossed over the road to see the work that had been achieved and was delighted to see that the bristly beasts were indeed happily ensconced, and snortling and snuffling away to their hearts content and thoroughly enjoying themselves in their new vocation..


How wonderful that this can happen in the middle of a busy city.. a small one admittedly .. but with a constant flow of traffic winding it's way along the crescent above.. it is a joy to look down below and see these wonderful animals doing their best to enhance this pocket of wild life in Bath...

So these little piggies are far too busy to go to market just now and I hope they will be here for quite a bit longer as I really enjoy popping along the road to say hello to my bristled friends.....




14 comments:

jen storer said...

What a lovely story! It must be such a treat to see them piggin' around down there. They're so charming! jx

Vintage from the Village said...

How lovely is that !! x

Catherine said...

Awww! How lovely! There is something about pigs... Cx

cupcakejojo said...

That's just brilliant! x

Frances said...

This is rather amazing and wonderful! I wonder how the residents agreed on this idea, and how easy it was to have it implemented. Whence came those adorable piggies?

It's like the story line of a children's book, isn't it?

Cheers!

Ragged Roses said...

That really is delightful! Would certainly cheer me up when walking up the hill with my arms full of shopping (even though I would be skipping of course in my polka dot dress...). Let's hope those piggies never go to market
Mx

Kitsch and Curious Elaine said...

Bless their piggy little hearts! They are rather appealling, aren't they, and how great to have them at the end of the road!

Jelly Jam said...

What a cheery story! Sometimes it seems every scrap of 'spare' land is a target for development. This is really uplifting.
Ellie

Robin said...

Absolutely GREAT - and fab pics. too!!

Angie - Bumble Bee's Craft Den said...

Fab idea!! I love pigs, they have such a character about them!!!

Louise said...

Only the other day I found my one and only photo of pigs on our farm back in 1975. I love pigs - I was born within feet of them! Hey, I like your neighbours - I could do with them in my garden! x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

So cool, brilliant Bath residents, three cheers for you!

My little brother used to have a flat at Laura Place and there was a basement there full of plastic figures, flowers, toy cars etc. I seem to recall it was curated by "Mad Eli" still there by any chance? Are you in fact Mad Eli? .....no way.....that's too weird.....

tee hee,

love Sarah x

silverpebble said...

How fantastic this is. Those pigs look so happy and it must be exciting for the local children to spy them!

Jenny said...

What an amazing thing to see in the middle of a busy city... so cute!! Jenny x