|After thawing in the incubator|
|Cagney soon had him warmed up and started showing him around|
So Cagney has just one fluffy yellow baby to fuss over. And as the temperature soars outside they are in the relative cool of the hen house during the day (the chooks are laying all over the place but rarely in there) Fingers crossed they seem to be doing OK. They go back into the crate at night as we are worried about the other hens while baby is so small, and Cagney is definitely happier with the other hens around her.
|Safe from prying beaks|
|Running around in the cool|
However, feeling that she must have needed a bath and she was so busy trying to show baby how to scrat about, they have had an hour in the small chicken run within the main run. While Cagney tried to show the virtue of a nice long dustbath, baby was constantly drawn to the water bowl. So we have Cagney in ecstacy in the dust, and baby having a lovely time ducking and diving in the water dish.
|The adults looking a bit confused|
|Showing baby how to have a dust bath|
So that was a nice start to the Easter weekend. The weather has picked up and is into the scorching twenties during the day, but still rather cool at night. The dogs are panting, bees amazingly busy, butterflies and bugs everywhere, swallows and nightingales delightful with their different songs, and with my new computer I can take full advantage and sit outside in the shade while I do this.
Also this weekend was the exchanging of decorated easter eggs and other goodies. We had a great time decorating eggs, like being kids again.
|We made some hot cross buns to go with eggs|
|Easter bread, milk, veg casserole and roasted peppers, eggs painted and decorated with tiny soup pasta shapes...ingenious|
So at last we can start to think about the tender plants going out, always a relief as they outgrow windowsills. The largest tomatoes are out under cloches and the cherry tomatoes in troughs are on the wall, to be brought in overnight as necessary. Four varieties of beans are sown, two runners, one climbing French and borlotti. The latest broad beans and peas are growing away. There are flowers on the strawberries, celery, land cress and spinach seedlings are out. The earth is nicely warming and tomorrow's promised showers (fingers crossed) should bring on the seeds sown last week.
|Starting to look like a nursery|
On the flower side, the perennials are really getting going and we have put in some of the bedding seedlings which seem happy. The 'lawn' is a real mess of daffs, tulips and chickweed, the latter allowed to grow while it is fresh and fed to the fowl. They have been in the back paddock a few times but we are trying not to let them trash it before the grass gets going strongly. The garden area will soon be strimmed and tidy, we are just waiting for the wheatgrass to get into a rhythm so that they can have that instead of chickweed.
We had the first of our local car boot sales this last weekend too. It was well attended and we did quite well, selling all the 35 duck eggs, cards, jam and chutney. So now I am starting to make again in earnest....thanks to our best chutney buyer for a load of usable bottles. I don't actually make anything on the chutney by the time I have bought the jars, it's more a hobby and a way of using excess produce. But out of season I have to buy ingredients or do without, so added an extra 20p equivelent to a jar of chutney and jam which brought a comment from one person about prices going up, but not to me. However, it was a lovely day and catching up with more news after the winter very enjoyable, also meeting yet more people who I have heard of through facebook but not met. I only wish I could remember names better!
|That;s us on the right, and a friend with her knitted characters on the left|
Splash suffered a setback in his recovery, we think he has jumped awkwardly before he was ready to and started to growl when touched and picked up, walking like a sick twenty year old. Happily, a few quiet days by the (unnecessary) fire and a few more playing and hunting insects in the sun and he is nearly back to normal, but still unable to jump on kitchen units. With a bit of luck that particular infuriatingly bad habit has been broken.
|.....or catching flies.....|
|....or chilling in the shade....|
|....or on the seat. Hard life for a little recovering cat|
|The girls keeping cool|