Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Tetley


This is Tetley, an worldwide celebrity.

He and his siblings were first photographed by Richard Austin for the Western Morning News at Pennywell Farm, where they are unique. Chris Murray, the owner, started breeding these miniature pigs and the pictures were soon broadcast round the world.

Soon TV crews started arriving from America, France, Germany, New Zealand and Russia. Next week Warner Brothers are paying a visit.

This has done wonders for Pennywell Farm’s publicity of course, with more than 100,000 hits on their website: - www.pennywellfarm.co.uk which has already been named as Tourism Website of the year.

I remember Chris Murray from 30 years ago when we both lived in London. He was a very different person then to the family loving businessman he is today. Pennywell Farm was his idea and is now a great success with families and animal lovers all year round.

The miniature pigs are sold for £250 as pets to carefully selected customers.

As Chris said, “This French TV reporter told me the other day that the news was just full of horrible stuff all the time. So it’s nice to have something fun for a change.”

So here you are. Tetley in a teacup. Enjoy.

21 comments:

Philipa said...

Aww they are adorable!

Flowerpot said...

I know - shame I couldn't get the picture any bigger because they are so cute!

Mopsa said...

If the rumours are true the carefully selected owners are carefully selected celebrities....he's a fantastic publicist.

Swearing Mother said...

Fabulous picture Flowerpot. Didn't think they made pigs that small. Aaaah, bless.

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Farm diversification at its best!

Flowerpot said...

I hadnt heard those rumours Mopsa but then I'm out of the devon circuit now of course. yes he is a good publicist.

Flowerpot said...

swearing mother - welcome and good to see you! They're incredible aren't they, particularly in a teacup.

Graham - yes, though not sure how many other farmers would want to follow in his footsteps!

Flowerpot said...

swearing mother - welcome and good to see you! They're incredible aren't they, particularly in a teacup.

Graham - yes, though not sure how many other farmers would want to follow in his footsteps!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Thank you very much! I shall return the hospitality someday.

Crystal xx

Lane said...

Tetley is gorgeous:-)
Thanks fp for the photo.

Akelamalu said...

I've never heard of these minature pigs - are they real? Honest injun? Well how about that! I want one!!

Flowerpot said...

Crystal - you're welcome!

lane - glad you enjoyed it.

Ellee Seymour said...

I can see why he is such a star, let's hope he doesn't grow up too quickly.

bermudabluez said...

Never saw a pig that small!!They are cute!

Miss Understood said...

Aww. He's adorable!

HelenMH said...

Oh how gorgeous - I want one!

julia said...

He's too cute! I can't take it!

Leigh Russell said...

Tetley in a teacup! Aahh! I love him. He's so gorgeous! But I'm not sure I'd like him as a pet. I'd never want to put him down, and my practical side foresees a few wee problems with that....

laurie said...

why in the world.....
oh never mind.
he is cute.

Flowerpot said...

I've just tried to reply to you all individually and blogger lost it. ***!!****!!! so many thanks to those new and old for your comments and so glad you enjoyed the pic of young Tetley...

Rebecca Taunton said...

Hmm, I was convinced that I'd left a comment the other day.

Now, where was I? Oh yes: this little piggy went to the market...

Aren't they so sweet? If I had that kind of money (and that kind of time to wait...and a landlord that would let me keep pets), you could put me on the list!

RT