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


31 March 2019

Farewell Wilhelmina

Today we are down to 4 chickens. Sadly Wilhelmina said goodbye to the world. Something was obviously wrong and, after being examined and placed down gently, she suddenly and unexpectedly just keeled over. All's well with the remaining 4 and they are all laying well.

Wilhelmina enjoyed a busy life of luxury and, up until last September, she had laid the most number of eggs. Sometimes, things go wrong with even the most spoiled chickens!

UPDATE: The following day, the Under Gardener performed an autopsy and found poor Wilhelmina had a massive tumour (the size of a large lemon) near her bladder.  At least we now have an explanation for her demise. Given the size of the tumour, I'm amazed that she was able to eat and function as well and, for as long, as she did.

(Maybe I should point out that those are petals on the ground beside her and definitely NOT feathers!)

Wilhelmina R.I.P.

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