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Chicken Diaries and a Camel Test Knit

We have a broody chicken, her name is Brenda. We have had broody chickens in the past, they have been broody for a few days and then simply left their nest and carried on with their regular chicken lives, but not Brenda…  We are leaving her to her broodiness for now, to experience this process even though there will be no baby chooks as we don’t have a rooster. She defends her nest and collects all the eggs that are layed each morning from her sister chickens and proceeds to growl at us if we go near.  We take her food and water and she does venture out onto the grass for short periods of time, puffs herself up, wings outstretched and runs around in a crazy fashion and then returns to her nest…

I would love to hear of your experiences with broody chickens if you have a story to share.


I love this sweet planter right outside my front door.



I knitted this camel a little while ago, he will be going into my African Animals knitting pattern book and I wonder if I could ask here if anyone would be interested in test knitting him for me? I have never asked for a test knit before so I’m not sure if I am going about this the right way, but if there are 3 people who are keen, just let me know and as soon as I have finished putting the pattern and photos into a document, it will be ready to send out:)

Wishing you an inspired week.


Chickens, Rabbits and Gardens

We love our feathered girls and rabbits tremendously, they range freely through our front garden. There are enclosures where they sleep at night, but during the day we let them out to sand-bath, eat grass and insects and have a wonderful time generally.

The only problem with this is that some of our fruit trees have been planted in the front garden and the chickens really enjoy scratching away all the top soil and compost, looking for little grubs to eat. Our trees started looking a little sad so I decided to try something to prevent them from destroying them further.

We cut some chicken wire big enough to cover the sandy, composted area underneath each tree. Cut in from the outside of the wire to the centre and placed the wire on the ground around each tree. There is still mulch under the wire to hold in moisture, preventing the tree from drying out too much between waterings. We placed bricks in a circle under the wire and then  placed another circle of bricks on top of the other, the wire is situated in between both rounds of bricks, holding the mesh firmly.

This has worked beautifully for our fruit trees. Our lemon tree has yielded a bumper crop of lemons this season and the chickens are still quite happy with plenty of other areas in the garden to excavate…

Our Strelitzia is in bloom, so pretty…

Have a wonderful day


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