Anyone else’s flock snowed in at the weekend? Felt really sorry for the girls when we went down to excavate a patch of ground for them to scratch about on. There’s no denying the excitement that the deep, white covering brought the rest of our animal household – and us – on Sunday morning. The two chocolate Labs were scurrying about, chasing each other and regularly crash landing as if they were pups (actually nine years old now), Darcy the German Shepherd was equally scatty and Beau the Bengal, highly strung as ever, couldn’t make head nor tail of this cold layer on the lawn which he couldn’t help but sink into. But for the chickens, it was all rather miserable. They looked utterly bewildered, as if their whole world had disappeared.
And I suppose as far as they knew, it had: completely covered – and is still – with a thick icing of snow. I did my best with a shovel and then a rake but to clear the whole area would have be a fully blown project and I didn’t have the spare couple of hours.
On a less wintry note and, looking forward to spring, I am very pleased to announce that Country Living Chick’s eggs made it onto the breakfast table on the cover of CL’s March issue – our Home Design Editor Ben borrowed a dozen for the special shoot in Sussex. Now I’ll be able to print labels for my boxes of eggs stating ‘As featured in Country Living!’. Fame for those faithful old layers at last!
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