Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A restful sort of day

Norfolk Lasses Eggs Total to Date: 337 Day:147

KoKKo 113 Personal best egg weight 86grms 29.11.2005
Adelaide 113 Personal best egg weight 80grms 26.02.2006
Ginger 111 Personal best egg weight 80grms 27.03.2006

London Ladies Bantam Eggs Total to date: 15 Day:16

Dilly 5 Personal best egg weight 36grm 27.03.2006
Freckles 7 Personal best egg weight 37grms 28.03.2006***
Pumpkin 3 Personal best egg weight 31 grms 27.03.06

Had a bit of a restful day today – just for a change.

First thing was the visit to physio, then whilst I was in town I got some plant labels – lots as I have lots of seed to sow, and need to prick some out. But I didn’t get around to doing that today.

Blustery day with sunshine and showers, so I popped up the allotment to pick some broccoli leaves for the chooks, and picked this romanesco head for out lunch either tomorrow or the next day.

Whilst up there just pottering – not doing anything to write about – T came past in his 4x4 and came over for a chat. Hadn’t seen him for a while, so it was nice to have a bit of chicken talk – he keeps his on the allotment up the end.

I was right about the pen of cockerels they did end up in the freezer but were a bit tough so he reckons he left them too long. He reckons a rat got 5 of his bantams – Seabrights – I wouldn’t have thought a rat could take batams, but there you go, he also thought that it had bitten a leg of one of his other chickens. He has quite a lot. They are not treated as pets like mine are – but I was very sad to hear about the banties as I had asked after them and where he got them.

The main reason that he stopped was to ask if he could come on my plot to shoot some rabbits. He has shot a lot this past week apparently – so I said that he could. I hope that he takes the corpses away – mind you they will compost o.k. right down the end next to the field in that big compost bin.

The chooks just loved the green stuff and have been eating it all afternoon on and off – anyone would think that they never get fed!

You have seen quite a few photos of KoKKo, Adelaide and Ginger tearing a broccoli 'tree' to shreds, so I thought you might like to see the banties jumping up and down to reach the bits the girls left which they had a breather!

After lunch I went out and spent a deal of time watching them, messing about in their pen, raking the wood chips so that they could have a good scratch and a dig at the damp earth underneath which kept them and me entertained for a long time – so much so I had to leave them to it!

I potted up some lavender bushes in to tubs, and as the sun was shining again, I went out and about around my gardens and took a few photos – I hope that you like them.

The daffs literally opened as I was out there over a period of an hour.

The pink and I also have red and white hellebores opened too today for the first time.

This ornamental grass is the same colour as my hair in the sunshine! And those primroses - really gladden the heart in the sunshine.

Wonderful fresh pink growth that will turn a deep shiny maroon red in the summer.

I spent a few hours typing up a blog page for the Omlet web site – announcing belatedly the arrival of the bantams and their first day – which I will follow up with their progress on the coming weeks. Just one post a week as I have so much else going on.

Only three eggs today – 1 from Freckles, KoKKo and Adelaide – but as I have a glut that was fine by me. I took a box of 4 to my physio, I try and take her some every time that I go, and she does appreciate them. She had a look at my hip, bless her, and said that it was a problem with my muscle not the joint – brilliant – so I am going to have a go up the allotment tomorrow, if it is not raining – not too much to start with. I’ll probably spread some muck and manure around before it is rotorvated, and I have to dig up the rest of the parsnips, leeks, cabbages, but I will hang on longer as I still live in hope that the purple sprouting broccoli will actually sprout. If not it will make good chicken fodder.


  1. If you get where you don't have anything to do come help me clean out my chicken house. I am getting ready to make beds for my tomatoes. Pictures were all nice and I enjoyed them.

  2. denise t-usa2:00 am

    your city girls have such cute fluffy petticoats!my own chicks are just showing their first tail feathers now...they work so hard pecking in the wood shavings in their brooder box, that i wish i could add some foods for them to play with...but i have read that they really need to only eat the chick starter/grow i will be patient for awhile until they are a lil larger, then add grass and grit and veggies and such for them....i would love them to find rewards with all their searching/digging...:oD

  3. I enjoyed the walk & latest chick photos. Re: daffodils, the right place is anywhere you can enjoy them! Enjoy the allotment time tomorrow. I hope the rabbits around our place don't get to the point where they are a pest (but alis, that is the state the moles have reached).

  4. Patsy, if I had the time I would, but I never have enough time to do the things I want too. LOL

    Denise I would love to see some photos of you chicks. Is it the first time you have kept or bred chickens?

    We get moles over here too Petunia, and I was glad when they finally arrived up my allotment as it meant that at last I had improved the soil enough to attract worms - but too many would not be good i agree.

  5. Hi!
    Really should be in bed but, didn't switch the computer on yesterday, consequently I missed your blog(just read it), but glad to see you have some of the plants I've got, daylillies,heucera (is yours 'Plum pudding' too?, got some hellebores, but not seen any flowers on yet. My favourites at the moment are the 'Tete a Tete' miniature daffodils in a trough with Scilla,dwarf tulips,(is that PC? or should it be 'vertically challenged tulips? LOL!), a bunny 'scarecrow' that my sister gave me, crocuses and other plants bulbs that I can't remember what I put in the trough, it's only about 16 inches long and about 7inches wide/deep. Will definately take a pic of that.
    In the front garden I have a miniature Japanese ornamental flowering cherry, it looks like it's loaded with blossom, another pic to come there.

    Off to bed, speak later,
    P.S Has pumkin put on weight or was she just 'fluffed up' in the picture? They're all looking really well!

  6. Yes the Heucura is plum pudding, and I have miniature daffs too - but in my porch!

    The London Ladies do seem to have filled out a bit - eating lots of brocolli, cauliflower, spring, greens and cabbage, grapes, tomatoes and apple and pear cores.

    It must be the country air!

    Sleep tight.

  7. joared7:04 am

    Haven't been here for a few days, hadn't realized what all I missed.

    Must really lift your already positive spirits to see the beginnings of Spring with all these flowers and vegetation you generously share with us. Thank you!


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