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


24 September 2014

Chicken Chat

The girls were obviously well looked after in our absence and have been laying really well since we arrived back.  They are enjoying all the fallen apples and pears as well as their usual layers pellets and mash - to say nothing of special tit bits such as bacon rinds and meal worms.  Yummy!  There are several dirty beaks and, in some cases, very dirty faces!!  Dirtiest of all is Cicely!
 Now that all girls are laying, it's very interesting to see who is (and isn't) laying.  The very distinctive and variable egg colours is a dead give away and they vary from a very dark brown, shades of cream, white and almost blue.

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