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


2 February 2018

Worth Crowing About!

Going in to lay.

Despite the lack of daylight in one of the darkest months of winter and the cold weather, our little flock of five have really eggcelled themselves by laying 106 eggs this month! Given that their lives are pretty much ruled by daylight; that's pretty amazing - especially as Esmerelda (layer of pale blue eggs) decided to moult before Christmas! Not forgetting the egg success back in September last year when their eggs won first prize in a heavily contested competition!
This morning's  collection.

Their first 1st!

Our girls continue to enjoy a very varied diet with layers' mash for breakfast, fresh green leaves and mixed corn. Depending on the weather, they also have treats of cooked rice, fresh fruit and even spaghetti. They also enjoy the fresh bamboo leaves from the clumps grown for summer shade. We always keep plenty of fresh dry wood chip in their 'Henclosure' rather than leave them to scratch around in cold wet mud over winter. With 106 eggs in the month of January, we must be getting something right!!

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