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 March 2018

Chucklings keeping warm in -4 degrees with deep snow outside!

A very snowy Henclosure
Marigold on look-out!
Esmerelda inspects Tosca's & Wilhelmina's output!

More snow and biting easterly winds means that it's FAR too cold for the girls to be outside in their pole hose in the Henclosure so they have decided to spend a few days next door in their Hennery house and stay snug and warm. 

This morning saw a bit of a scramble ('s'cuse the pun!) for the nest box but at least they're much cosier. Despite the weather, there were 4 eggs when I defrosted their water with one waiting in the wings ('scuse another pun!) to lay. Having five different hybrids means we know exactly who's laid which egg!

This weather means much deserved extra treats and extra corn. Yesterday, they had porridge for breakfast.

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