Sunday, 14 March 2010

New Arrivals

There's not been time to show you our new arrivals yet so I'm taken the opportunity to do so today. As you can see on the pictures they arrived in the middle of our long snow period and these pictures were taken some weeks ago when they were a lot smaller than they are now. The cockerel which we christened Snowy is now a very well build bird (with a mighty voice!) but seems to be very friendly which is a good thing. An aggressive cockerel in the garden presents all kinds of problems.

His hen (in fact, his sister!) is called Amber (as per her gorgeous colour) and she is a lot smaller and very skittish. She likes to stay close to her man!

Finally above is the only hen remaining from our last lot. She came from the organic farm down the road and in all the time we've had her she's never laid an egg, so perhaps she is already quite an old girl. She's called Gracie and in fact we had the 3 Gracies originally of whom she is the last one still going strong. Perhaps she will surprise us this spring by producing an egg or two! We're on the lookout for 2 more hens in the near future.

Speaking of snow, it is now almost completely gone, although still cleary visible on the Pentland Hills. I was driving home from Perth yesterday, coming over the Forth Road Bridge and the view was fabulous. However it was really too dangerous to come to a halt on the motorway to take pictures so you will have to take my word for it! If the snow is still on the hills by the 18th of this month, we will have had snow on the ground for a solid 3 months!

I will be crossing the bridge again this coming Saturday when I will be in Montrose and it will interesting to see if the snow is still on the hills by then!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I had no idea who were a farmer girl!
I LOVE chickens!...and these are beauts!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

oh how lovely to meet your new arrivals, Frieda! I hope they produce lots of eggs for you and are a welcome addition to your garden, maybe eating some bugs?

I think you must be teaching or lecturing again? I hope the traveling goes smoothly now -no stopping on the bridge for photos is right!!
xo lenna

Debby said...

Whoop!!!! They are beautiful. I am laughing at Tristan's post, your farm girl, you..hehehe..


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