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 May 2013

Coop Commentary

Wild Winifred 

It's 10 days since the arrival of our new flock and, I have to report that our egg total is actually 10! 8 brown (Marigold) eggs and 2 cream (Partridge Star) eggs. They continue to settle in and don't fly off to the furthest corners when I enter the Hen Pen. They won't take corn from my hand yet but are happy pecking around close by. Winifred alias Miss Flighty Whitey seems to be top of the pecking order despite being the smallest.  She's the least friendly and always wildly chasing - something!  Bumblebees, sparrows, blackbirds - anything will do.  She really isn't fussy. By comparison, Persephone is very timid and gentle and the remaining 2 are somewhere in between.  All girls seem very happy in their new home and are very happy to explore inside the Hennery and even stay in there for shelter from the rain and winds - which makes them rather more sensible than their predecessors.


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