So the chickens continue to be a source of education. The three laying hens (Custard, Pepper and Salt, in case you're wondering) have been on strike for the last week or so. Turns out they're broody (again). Now I thought that a hen had to be sitting on an egg (or several) to be broody so that shows how much I don't know. Anyway, we turned them out of their house this morning and locked the door behind them so they had no choice but to get a good dose of sunlight (such as it was) and have a proper meal. And then this evening there was an egg. It's a start.
Unlike knitting, I'm hopeful that these projects are capable of looking after themselves, doing most of their "work" during the night-time hours when I'm asleep. Because this is so new to me – and because I haven't spent hours reading around the subject – I'm a little nervous that I'm missing something important in their welfare. Watch this space. I really do hope to bring you some fruitful news.
On the brighter side, here are a few more piccies from the garden this evening.