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


18 November 2010

War on Rats

The girls had their first experience of frost and were definitely hesitant to rush out!  In the shadiest parts of the garden, the frost lingered all day long.  As it thawed on the gate, steam was visible - but tricky to photograph!  However, since all the rain and high winds, the poor chickens have looked so bedraggled.  No one has the sense to shelter in a choice of very cosy and inviting hen houses and shelters!  

As the weather has become more wintry, so are the rats back in evidence.  No surprise there: but, frustrating that they have discovered the girls' plentiful supply of layers pellets quite so soon!  As a consequence, war has been declared.  All tips, ideas and suggestions are welcome.  In the meantime, we have ensured that traps are baited and that 'Rodent Stations' are fully armed.

A Wild Rat

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