Tuesday, 9 July 2013
I love chickens
One of the hens recently went broody, and hatched a clutch of 13 chicks, or poussins as they are called in french. They are soooo cute! Peep, peeping around the garden and running hither and yon.
The mother was very pretty and a super hen. Unfortunately, she was attacked and killed by one of the dogs in the village a week ago. Wish people would not let their dogs run free, especially hunting dogs - as this one was. It entered the garden, which is completely fenced and secure, and killed the hen and 4 chicks.... leaving its trail of destruction through the garden before escaping and returning to its home.
Anyway, the remaining chicks are doing well and hopefully will survive to adulthood. I managed to pat one of them last thursday, and friday had them follow me in the garden. Super cute!
Finally, we are experiencing summer weather here, and the veg garden is starting to show results.
I spent this morning picking spinach, lettuce, green beans and courgettes. Along with much weeding. Hopefully things will start to crop more heavily and I can put away the produce for winter.
My corn was decimated by deer and hares. I have about a third of it left. The strawberry plants have been eaten to ground level by the deer as well, so no fruit from them this year.
If this keeps up I have decided the only cure is to eat more venison........ home grown of course.....
The neighbours raspberries have been fruiting like crazy. There have been numerous friends coming over to pick fruit, and it still looks like the bushes haven't been touched! I have made a few batches of jam, and frozen a few kilos of fruit for making frozen drinks and ice creams etc later on. Some of the fruit was bigger than my thumb. Enormous and absolutely delicious!
There is a sureau at the bottom of the terrain which is in full flower. However, this year there will be no elderflower champagne..... not after last years adventures! Instead I will hold out for the baies and make jelly and syrup. Much safer option.