Monday, 6 February 2012
....than I know what to do with! And NONE of them are laying any EGGS! (Well if they are they are well hidden)....sigh. I even had to buy some eggs the other day. I need to explain the deal again to the hens....food, shelter, free range in return for the odd egg..... As you can see they are eager to greet me for their morning rations! In windy weather it's a bit hazardous going out to feed them as, although they are "in flight" they are rather ungainly, especially with a tail wind. Well wouldn't you be! And this young "chook" is very cheeky, ready to fly into the feed bin as soon as I take the lid off!
The "flock" love to wander around the front of the house in the sun, rootling around in the undergrowth or on the lawn.
The other day Irene of Breckan spotted an interloper among the flock - an oyster-catcher! Maybe s/he has heard about the aforementioned deal and realises I'm a soft touch - all will be provided even without the provision of eggs.....
Beautiful day here again today. While the rest of the UK seems to be freezing, we had 7 degree C temperatures of temperature (that's about 46F). But in the sunshine it was much warmer. I even stood outside leaning against the door frame, in my t-shirt, to enjoy my morning "cuppa" (cup of tea). Lovely! And the daffs (daffodils) are really quite early this year, though these ARE a miniature and quite early variety.. Another aspect of the mild winter. I remember the first time I visited Graemsay in May 1999 the daffs were giving a fine display as they were late that year. I noted that winter clearly stayed around longer than "south".
Note - and the days are getting longer! Sunrise today was at 0809, and sunset at 1643! Whoo hooo!