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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8 June 2010

Poultry Progress at Pear Tree Cottage


Above left: No 2 Day shelter in production                    Above Right: Black Betty & Bluebelle tango on the lawn

A need for a day shelter was recognised as in torrential downpours the poor girls were looking a sorry sight all huddled together looking very bedraggled so Al is making this beautiful mobile avian pavilion out of odd scraps and some lovely old cast iron wheels that Maureen gave me which are just PERFECT for the job!  It will also keep their food/trough dry.  The trouble was, it fell off the trestles while I was painting it and broke off a roofing board - what a vandal!!  A swift and immediate repair was carried out. 

Today they were allowed the freedom of the garden for the first time.  They spent their time having a very relaxed explore but only ventured as far as the lower lawn.  Everyone has discovered that watching hens is  a VERY soporific activity!  All come when called and they wandered back to their temporary enclosure on their own.

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