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


27 September 2011


Lulu - teacher's pet!
 We thought the girls deserved some recognition for laying their winning eggs so, they now have new egg box labels and, their prize card is pinned inside the egg sales box at the end of the drive.  Today's eggs sold out within 10 minutes of being put out!

New label

Comments from the Coop

Egg sales point!
All five hens are laying.  Poppy laid her first china white egg the day after arriving and Tosca laid her first egg yesterday.   Tosca and Poppy appear to be settling well and behaviour continues to improve amongst older hens. At present, the older 3 are roosting in the Hennery House leaving the other house for the new ones.  The atmosphere in the Hen Pen is quite tranquil - unlike the days of Bluebelle's dictatorship.  I figure that if all 5 are laying, there can't be too much wrong.  There is some queueing for the 2 nest boxes and occasionally eggs are found on the floor of the House for Hens.  Do 5 hens need more than 2 nest boxes???  We feel a price increase will be due when all the half dozen boxes have sold.  Next time, we'll order the size containing  4 eggs - avoiding hassle with change.

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