The recent showers we have been blessed with combined with the still warm August temperatures means that the small amount of grass we have has grown both quickly and lushly. I usually cut the Tai Chi lawn with a small push mower but this streamside grass, being on a slope and with some cowslips and other plants growing through it in places, is cut with these useful shears which are used single handed:
I had just finished trimming and was neatening the edges when I realised that under the edge was a few inches of path where the grass had progressively overgrown it! A few sharp lunges with the spade detached the excess along the length of the path, revealing an additional cobbled brick width. It still needs tidying up, but a further shower curtailed gardening activities at that point so I gathered up the tools instead and was about to recycle the bits of turf when I realised who might like them…so, meet the family:
We have had chickens since 2000 with the odd gap between batches and it is about a year since we lost our last one so have had a twelve month break. We both felt the time was right and were ready for more so brought our new family home about 4 weeks ago. From the top and left to right let me introduce you to Lavender’s Blue and Dilly Dilly (Bluebells), Mary Mary and Quite Contrary (Buff Orpingtons) and See Saw and Marjory Daw (Black Rocks). The middle two aren’t laying yet but we are getting three eggs most days from the others, albeit still fairly small. Apart from having to clean them out it is great to have slipped back into our old chicken routines again!