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Do chickens like strawberries ?

It appears that they do! With spring seemingly on its way they have started laying eggs again, though not yet reliably. The occasional free range day will help I guess. Garden day on Tuesday, we are keeping fingers crossed for the weather.

We have filled the raised beds with our home-grown compost which we make from our garden and kitchen waste in prodigious quantities. 

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The proof of the pudding…..

is in the eating!

This afternoon we did our yoga on the games lawn. We could never have done this before, it would have been too difficult for many residents to walk down to the lawn. Today it was very natural, the residents simply walked out of the back door and down the lane. Even the chickens enjoyed it, and when we had our well-deserved cup of tea, a couple of magpies made their prescence known high up in the Cedar tree, and a couple of seagulls fought the chickens over a biscuit. The Seagulls won.

A special birthday present

Ruth has been keenly looking after our chickens, collecting their eggs and making sure that they have feed and water. So when Ruth’s grand-daughter visited it was no surprise that she was just as keen on the chickens, and helped Ruth look after our chickens. Ruth hatched a little plan which was to buy Catherine a couple of hens for her birthday. So off we went today to Tiphayes farm where Ruth choose a couple of 12 week old chicks, a partidge wellsummer, and a yellow crested legbar. On the way there we got ourselves lost and a very friendly old lady showed us the way. The drive to Ruth’s grand-daughter took us through some lovely country lanes and just before we got there we had to wait a few minutes for some sheep to pass the road. When we got to Catherine’s farm, Ruth knew immediately where to go and took us in through the back-door.

After a cup of tea we all went back to the car and Ruth gave Catherine her two chickens. She was SO excited! Soon the chickens were settled in their new run, fed and watered. Ruth wanted to collect a few things for her room at Rose Lodge and spent a while going through her things. She selected some of the pictures that she had painted over the years which brought her happy memories and a couple of special books. One of the books was written by one of her sisters, and she brought a cook book (Two dat ladies) back for Chris, one of her friends at Rose Lodge who she cooks with sometimes. On the way back we took the soft-top down and Ruth wore a pair of sunglasses looking very glamorous. Ruth had been talking non-stop on the way up, reminiscing about the various trips that she had made as a child, mother, and grad-mother. She was very quiet on the way back though, and soon dozed off. The following day Phil helped her hang her pictures on the wall and she proudly showed her gallery to people at Rose Lodge. In her words she was ‘showing off’ – and why not ? The pictures are amazing, and tell a little story about her life.

The last Landshare day of the season

How time flies! Today was the last of our regular landshare days when a group of pupils from the Beacon School came to grow vegetables and flowers with the residents. It has been a tremendously enjoyable and beneficial experience for our residents (and i believe for the children!). The residents are taking a great interest in the work of the children and a pattern has emerged where the residents do seeding and potting up, and the pupils do the rest. And what a great job they have done, just have a look!

Today they built a bean-pole ‘wigwam’ and planted bean plants, they raked seedbeds and sowed four vegetables, cleared out the chicken run, harvested the endive in the raised beds and sowed salad vegetables. Ah and they harvested rhubard for the rhubarb crumble, and collected eggs from the hen house.

 

Did it put smiles on faces ? You bet it did!

Spot the fresh eggs!

If the chickens can’t get to the grass…..

The grass will have to come to the chickens. They loved it!