Hen weekend

It’s the time of year when James and his mates head off on a walking trip (this year in Snowdonia) so I had a long weekend, taking Monday and Tuesday off as holiday, to look after our two chocolate Labradors, Amy and Megan, and German Shepherd, Darcy, as well our 15 hens and Beau the Bengal cat, of course. We had a lovely few days together and I thought I’d take leaf out of the school show-and-tell tradition and share our mini-break here in pictures…

The eggs mounted up over the week as I wasn't selling them in the CL office - though, the dogs had one a day, on their breakfast or dinner
The eggs mounted up over the week as I wasn’t selling them in the CL office – though, the dogs had one a day, on their breakfast or dinner
My sister Kate and I discovered masses of mint growing in the undergrowth along with comfrey at the bottom, rather wild part, of the garden
My sister Kate and I discovered masses of mint growing in the undergrowth along with comfrey at the bottom, rather wild part, of the garden, so I hung some in the henhouse in a probably vain attempt to make it smell sweeter!
Darcy (pictured) and Megan thoroughly enjoyed swimming to retrieve sticks in the river near our house
Darcy (pictured) and Megan thoroughly enjoyed swimming to retrieve sticks in the River Blackwater near our house
The potatoes (and surrounding weeds) are coming through nicely and it's been a job keeping hem covered up
The potatoes (and surrounding weeds) are coming through nicely and it’s been a job keeping them covered up
Beau enjoyed snoozing in front of the woodburner on a regular basis
Beau enjoyed snoozing in front of the woodburner on a regular basis
Audrey and Mabel brazenly drank from the dog bowls and even came into the utility room at one point before being ushered out
Audrey and Mabel brazenly drank from the dog bowls and even came into the utility room at one point before being ushered out
Darcy took me to Dedham for the afternoon on Monday. We walked to Flatford Mill and enjoyed having Constable country almost entirely to ourselves
Darcy took me to Dedham for the afternoon on Monday. We walked to Flatford Mill and enjoyed having Constable country almost entirely to ourselves

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