|Cagney and Chubba|
Which leaves Chubba needing a new friend to share her broken eggs with. And Mandy appears to be the chosen one. They are now sharing a dust bath. They are very fickle these ladies.
|Chubba with her new friend, Mandy|
Darcy with the twisted feet has joined the grown ups and started laying regularly bless her, and the way Pearl is behaving she will not be far behind. I am going to make some Scotch eggs out of her little offerings.
|Darcy laying her first|
|Such a clever girl|
Meanwhile the replacement araucanas have arrived and been set into the now behaving incubator. There are some shumen eggs hatching at the moment but they have been moved to the other incubator so that humidity can be maintained as turning the eggs not hatching yet dries the atmosphere. We have tried to order some more maran eggs but have not had confirmation yet. So far we have five shumen babies, one on the way and an araucana which was hatching but seems to have given up at the moment, so we'll see.
It looks as if we now have a home for the last remaining cockerel, the late developer who Sevi is now starting to resent. He will be going to the home of someone who's blog I read when I was researching Bulgaria, and who's warts and all story I found extremely useful. He will have some nice young girls who will hopefully ease him into the life of a young cockerel.
As spring progresses there is a very quick change to the landscape. Much of the blossom is fading and verges and trees are taking on a green hue and blocking the views from the car. The crops in the fields have put on a real growth spurt as we have had warm days and a little rain, and the rape fields already have a definite yellow haze over them as they start to flower.
|Two stork nests|
And the swallows have made an appearance! A real sign that spring has well and truly arrived. Their twittering is a pleasure to hear. There are storks everywhere, all trying to tidy their nests, and there have been reports of hoopoe sightings. We definitely heard an oriel sing when we were at the river yesterday morning and watched a magpie tidying a nest while his mate drew a marten away and harrassed it up the hill. Unfortunately it all happened so quickly we couldn't get the cameras out in time. Much to the amusement of one loal resident!
|Stork woz here!|
|Ha ha very funny.|
We had a disaster with our shopping the other day, went to Kaufland for the monthly shop and found that the butter I buy was on offer, so decided to stock up as I plan to make some biscuits for car boot sales. Unfortunately when we tried using some we found that all ten packs were rancid, tasting strongly of blue cheese. We should have taken it back but it is quite a journey in a thirsty car and it just wasn't worth the diesel. They have had a bit of bad press just recently and their storage system has been questioned, so I think we may give them a miss for a while. There is nothing we can't get locally or in Lidl.
What I did get in Kaufland though was a pack of wild garlic. What a find. I did bring a few bits to plant from my sister's garden, but it seems to have died a death, so I was quite excited to find it sold in a supermarket. It has all gone now, added to pasta, omelettes, wilted with some of our own chard. How I wish I had bought more and made garlic butter and pesto for the freezer (though not with their butter!)
|...and a huge juicy bowl full|
|Behind Bonnie's head|
|Wot's up Flopper?|