Working with Parkhill Rare Breed Pigs.

It’s a glamorous life here at Small Window – one minute I’m in London photographing beautiful knitwear, the next I’m wearing waterproof trousers in a field full of piglets. No ordinary piglets mind you, this lot are rare breed pigs bred by Martin and Jackie Beard at Parkhill House in Angus. Martin and Jackie sell free range meat and weaner pigs for others to rear and I quickly found out just how free ranging the animals are. My first visit nearly ended in disaster when a great big sow took a shine to me and knocked me flat into the mud.  My camera survived but my dignity and other parts were seriously dented.  On the following visit I found myself being enthusiastically nibbled by the piglets in the photograph below, apparently this is one of the ways that piglets explore their environment although when there are twenty of the little blighters all exploring at once it can feel a bit sinister. I had great fun hanging out in the mud with all the animals and you can find out more about what goes on at Parkhill House on their website but in the meantime here are some images from my visit taken after I cleaned the mud from my lens.

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