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.

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3 March 2015

Words on Birds

Despite the cold weather of February with its short days and long nights our 5 girls have done brilliantly well - eggseptional in fact!  Our monthly total was 86.  Now Winifred's down time should be taken into account as she was really quite poorly when she went through her mini moult last month. At £1.00 for 4 eggs, we made a grand total of £12.00 in eggs sales.  Yes, I know; it's hardly a fortune but it should be realised that our house lies on a loop off an unclassified lane with no passing traffic. We have an eggs sales box at the end of our drive and our eggs a mostly bought by neighbours or walkers using the public footpath that runs alongside our house.  We have kept chickens for a few years now but feeding 5 happy birds each day and collecting their eggs remains a real pleasure!

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