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


12 February 2011

Chicken Diversions

Top Left: The girls explore their new surroundings                    Top Right: Chris battles with the thorns
Bottom Left: 50 square yards of freedom                                    Bottom Right: The trellis tunnel

Work began on chicken diversions and Saturday became Friday.  Firstly, we erected 2 boundary panels and then we constructed a a trellis tunnel which we linked into the Hennery.  Posts with wire above the tunnel prevents access to the garden.  Now when the girls go out to play, they have direct access to the Gaza Strip via their own jet-way. Not bad for 4 hens.  They can dig, scratch, mine, peck, excavate, preen, dust bathe and lay to their hearts' content and no one will be worried about garden damage (phew!).  Now we have to hope that they don't keep jumping/flying over the fence and that Monsieur Le Reynard doesn't come visiting!

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