Egg appreciation society

Young Dylan enjoying a runny golden yolk
Young Dylan enjoying a runny golden yolk

There’s something extremely rewarding about supplying family, friends and colleagues with our own hens’ freshly laid eggs! We’re proud of our flock’s orange-yolked beauties, collected warm from the nesting box, and take pleasure in others enjoying them, too. As previously reported, it’s members of Country Living‘s art department who are the keenest purchasers here on the magazine. Senior Designer Julie Pond loves a leisurely alfresco breakfast on Sundays when, along with her home-baked bread, she serves her 18-month-old son a poached egg. She brought in the picture above to show me and it was lovely to see Dylan’s yolky smile – probably our youngest customer.

My special egg purse is one I've had since childhood and does the job beautifully
My special egg purse is one I’ve had since childhood and does the job beautifully

Even the basic act of selling them is somehow very fulfilling in itself. I have a dedicated purse in which to put the proceeds – £1.50 per half dozen – and empty it at the end of each week into the tin we keep in the kitchen cupboard at home. It’s huge fun counting this up once in a while and going to buy some more pellets and corn with it – the chickens easily earn their own keep. Simple pleasures!

I kept the feather from our broody Rhode Island Red in Chris's box of eggs today -
I kept the feather from our broody Rhode Island Red in Chris’s box of eggs today for an extra touch of authenticity

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