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


7 March 2017

Poultry Preparations

A freshly painted House for Hens
Creosoting the inside.
Preparations are well underway for a new flock of five! The 'house for hens' was dismantled a week ago and brought up for restoration. The inside has now been thoroughly spring cleaned and creosoted. Not a single corner was missed. The nest box and tray has also received the same treatment. Today the exterior was sanded and repainted and it's looking nearly as good as new. The 'Under Gardener' has even made a new front door, repainted its hinges and bought new hinges for the rear door. Hopefully, next Saturday it will be reinstalled on its oak pole. Sadly, I don't think the company making these Medieval style Houses for Hens are still in business. It's such a shame as, being so high off the ground, they are so much safer from Monsieur Le Reynard! Having said that, not all of our girls were actually inside it when he decided to pay a visit! 

The next job is to spring clean their conservatory alias the Hennery, the Hennery House inside it and lay new wood chip on the floor. This serves as their winter quarters - not that we've had any snow this year!

We are expecting our new residents in early April when Sarah at Newland Poultry is expecting another visit from us. Sarah runs a totally amazing operation and it's always a real delight to make a visit.

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