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


19 September 2011

Too Much Hen-Pecking!

Poorly Priscilla

Sad news from The Hen Pen.
We've had to say good bye to 2 hens in a single week.  Bluebelle for constantly attacking the others who, being all smaller, were unable to defend themselves from her persistent and vicious attacks. For poor Priscilla, it was because of injuries sustained.  Bluebelle the Bruiser had stopped laying,  grown spurs and was generally behaving like a psychopathic cockerel  and serial killer. It's rather quieter with just the 3 but they are  much happier and more settled.  We hope to pay another visit to Sarah at Newland Grange in order to increase our flock as soon as we are able.  Of course; egg production is temporarily down!  

With winter in mind; last weekend we moved tons and tons of new wood chips into the Hen Pen - 46 wheelbarrows to be exact!  Chris and I had 4 wheelbarrows on the go, he did all the filling and used the biggest barrow!  The idea is that when the winter rains eventually arrive, the girls' quarters won't look like the Somme.

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