The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!

This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers.

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5 June 2010

Poultry Progress at Pear Tree Cottage

Right: Amelia takes a look around before taking the plunge.  
All 4 hens awoke to new and alien surroundings.  Bluebelle was first out and is the quietest and the most tame and an instant favourite. Sandy (the Blacktail and christened by Chris was the only one to fly back to roost in the house unaided.  The others all escaped from the temporary enclosure and had to be hunted down and helped up.  Black Betty was the last to be found and, in the nick of time - just before nightfall, Chris found her inches away from his face roosting in a shrub rose!  She is the least tame and the most fearful.  Priorities now are to finish rabbit proofing the garden in an effort to deter Lacy the neighbouring terrier and known hater of pheasants from his regular visits.  Shame this terrier can't differentiate between pheasants and hens!

 Above: Bluebelle and Amelia take their first look around their new surroundings.

The plan is to erect a secure run for them in Cato's Corner.  Al is building a small shelter for them which will remain in the run and offer protection from foul (sorry!) weather.  We plan to lure them in with corn (until they are used to it) which would allow is to leave the premises safe in the knowledge that they are secure.  In the meantime, they have the freedom of the garden (excluding the vegetable patch) as soon as they have learnt to roost in their safehouse unaided.

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