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 February 2015

Wild White Winifred is Well...........again!

Fiona & Winifred
Henny Penny, Cicely, Fiona, Winifred & Marigold
Following a period of looking most unwell and going through 'mini moult', Winifred has made a full recovery and is even laying again.  We were most concerned for her and had sought advice from Sarah of Newland Poultry who made an instant and accurate diagnosis.  Winifred had chosen the coldest and frostiest period to lose all her neck feathers.  Her (floppy) comb had lost all is colour and she looked extremely sorry for herself.  Although the smallest of our flock of five, she had always been by far the bossiest and the most prolific layer and so it was a shame to see her looking so poorly and vulnerable.  I'm thrilled to say that she is now fully recovered and back to her normal bossy self!  We are lucky to have a very happy flock and unlike others we've had, these five display very little spite.  Hens are very unforgiving birds and are often super spiteful to each other so it's a treat to see such a contented flock. Hopefully, we're doing something right!

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