Thursday, 31 December 2009
I was going to end the year by pulling the plug on 'Inside the chicken coop'. This blog started as a fun experiment, to see if I could join the world of blogging and write something on a regular basis. I have gained so many useful tips from people and enjoyed capturing the girls getting up to all sort of mad things for an entire year inside their world. I have made contact with so many lovely fellow bloggers and it was all because of my beautiful little hens who continue to inspire me in my writing.
It is because of this I shall continue with inside the chicken coop. The girls will will be making an appearance during 2010 but it will never be as often as most of you fellow bloggers. I admire you all at how often you make the time to post wonderful, interesting and informative blogs which are a pleasure to read.
I only hope that I can achieve this with my new blog which I am launching tomorrow.
Until then, Happy New Year to you all and hope you enjoyed a year inside my chicken coop.
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Sally mentioned that they will be having all sorts of events such as food tasting, demonstrations and even the odd book signing! Fingers crossed that my little offering will go down well.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
- Find some time, this is the most precious ingredient of all.
- Transport yourself to a special place where you will not be disturbed.
- Pour a good measure of imagination into a large cauldron
- Add some very carefully chosen words.
- Dollop some determination into the mix.
- Let the creativity simmer, or even boil if you wish before returning to it and giving it a good stir.
- Sprinkle with a little bit of good luck
- Cast your fears aside.
- Spread over a clean piece of paper, or a computer screen if you wish.
- Continue with this spell until you are happy with the potion you have made and then send it off to an Editor!
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Mike prepared their new home well in advance and made a new coop out of a combination of a rabbit hutch, an old wardrobe and a chest of draws. His clever recycling has given these lovely ladies a cosy new home and he has even gathered old logs to make their run more interesting as they love to peck at the small insects that climb all over them.
Mike approached the Battery Hen Welfare Trust ( http://www.bhwt.org.uk/. ) They put him in touch with the local representative for his area and they arranged for delivery. Within a few weeks Nora, Ivy, Pearl, Edie and Glenda were settled in their new home.
Mike is very handy with making things and he even rigged up a way of opening their coop in the morning while still enjoying his morning cuppa. He tied a ball of string to the door of the coop then ran the rest of the ball all the way to his house and tied it next to the window. This means on dark winter mornings he just opens the window, pulls the string, and the ladies can be free to roam for the day. Ingenious!
Friday, 23 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Acton Scott was used for the TV series 'Victorian Farm' and I got to meet 'Clumper' the wonderful horse who worked so hard during the programme, along with some Gloucester old spot and Tamworth piglets.
Below is the old shepherd hut.
This lovely chicken house was full of chicks, with the beautiful Acton Hall in the background, it was a stunning setting.
These lovely little birds were content to roam about next to the ducks and turkeys.
And this handsome chap kept appearing all over the farm. He was first seen outside the public conveniences!
Then he turned up in the hay barn, later to make his way to the gift shop!
It was crammed full of old farm machinery - an adventure playground for some chickens!
These two were playing tag, but it seemed a bit unfair to me as the size difference is quite obvious . The poor little thing, that huge brute chased it all over the patch.
The geese showed their annoyance as the humans invaded the threshing barn where they were just off to enjoy some corn for lunch. ( the geese that is)
But they went off in a very orderly fashion once they had finished eating, I suspect to terrify some more humans!
I couldn't mention the 'C' word to this one! No oil painting, but amazing to look at.
But when I wanted to sit down for my picnic, I felt like swearing at this lot who made no attempt to give up their seats!
Sunday, 11 October 2009
One day he saw some hens scratching around for worms and decided to paint them. Unlike all the rich people that paid him to paint their portrait, the little hens lived a life of sadness, they hated the place where they lived, as they had no freedom to roam in the sunshine and dig for worms in the lush grass. He captured their image for ever in his painting as they struggled to find a morsel of food.
Because he was so famous, the painting was hung in all the famous art galleries and sold to wealthy art lovers for years, but everyone who owned it never knew that behind the painting, the little hens were so unhappy.
After several years, people's taste in art had changed, and the painting of the hens became less popular. It was soon discarded from the galleries and ended up in a boot sale where it was bought for a fraction of the price it was worth. The people who bought it, left it in an old coal house where it lay for the spiders to weave their webs around it, and just like the little hens - it was neglected once again.
Then one day, someone new moved into the house where the painting lay. The new occupants uncovered the painting and placed it outside in the garden, along with the rest of their belongings. When their back was turned something magical happened. The little hens came to life! They could see a beautiful garden and they could hear children laughing, and they wanted to be part of it!
Blodwyn, the bravest hen took a step forward. She escaped from the painting! At last she was on the other side!
Soon, the other hens followed her.
They found a lovely garden where they could play and dig for worms in the sunshine. At last they were happy and they were free.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
The trouble is, I think the girls are thinking the same thing, they seem to have adopted an interest in my writing magazine. I now wonder if they will be spending the dark winter months inside their chicken coop writing about me!
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Blodwyn seemed very proud of what looked like an old chamber pot
My own little time team seem eager to dig up the past. Blodwyn used careful excavation techniques to unearth this find. I think she would be a valuable member on any archaeological dig!
Monday, 7 September 2009
I made this little movie after listening to an excellent Folk CD by a band called 'As Many As Will'
I have the privilege of knowing one of the band members - Guy Nutting, who kindly gave me permission to use one of the tracks from their CD - 'A Bit On The Side'.
The track I have used fitted so well with my own happy little band of hens, who appear to celebrate life on every occasion when they are allowed to roam free and enjoy the garden.
The pictures and music capture their personalities - they could even be dancing in the first few images! Then they continue to display their lovely and unique characters whilst enjoying the end of Summer.
If you enjoyed the music as much as I did, you can get more information about 'As Many As Will' at www.myspace.com/asmanyaswill
Thursday, 27 August 2009
As I entered the coop, I discovered that it was in fact a Dragonfly. It was trapped by a single thread of a spiders webb which was hanging from the roof. It continued to fly around in a mad frenzy, still attached to it's silken leash, despite only having one wing free.
I wanted to take a photograph to capture it's beauty, but my conscience took over. I could not let it suffer any longer, as I was not sure how long it had been there.
I felt quite emotional as I broke the tiny strand of web that confined it, opened the door and watched it fly off.
I was amazed that such a large creature could not break free from what looked like an almost invisible strand of Cotton, hanging from the roof of the pen.
The hens, quite unmoved by my actions - continued to tuck in to their supper.
'Nature never ceases to amaze me, and hope it will continue to do so'.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
But then at least my Goalkeeper seemed to appreciate her role.
Things started to pick up when my main Striker came back on the penalty shootout practice, but then the Goalkeeper roamed off.
She came back, but this looks like a foul to me, she was more interested in the pecking order than saving the ball.
Then the whole team got confused and went into a scrum, thinking they were playing Rugby!