August 1st is Yorkshire Day. This means that all over the world, people from Yorkshire are celebrating. And Strawberry has good reason to celebrate. By way of explanation, Yorkshire is to England what Texas is to the USA. Although it doesn’t rhyme and doesn’t have the same ring to it, you don’t mess with Yorkshire. Or Yorkshire pigs for that matter.
So if you’re looking for a reason to party today, raise a glass to Strawberry, a nine hundred pound Yorkshire pig who was rescued from a watery grave a few days ago here in South Florida. Yorkshire pigs, a particularly chunky variety and known to be the finest of swine, first came to America via British breeders in the nineteenth century and Strawberry comes from this illustrious porky lineage. You could say that these pigs were pioneers. The Pilgrim Porkers.
What was she doing in a South Floridian pond? Some say she fell. Some say she fancied a dip to cool herself down in this warm Floridian summer. The fact is that those of us with fine Yorkshire blood need no excuses, no reasons – we are known for paddling our own canoes. But Strawberry had no canoe and although we all know that famously pigs can’t fly, it seems they can’t swim either. Locals saw Strawberry in trouble, dived into the pond, and held her head above water until help in the form of the local fire department arrived. Between them they saved her bacon.
Have a great Yorkshire Day and raise a glass to Yorkshire pigs (and people) everywhere. Make mine a strawberry daiquiri.