Giblit, our baby Serama is 6 weeks old today. Hatched in our incubator, Ken and Tucky's only chick. Hope had been very high that he was going to be a she, but alas, at 6 weeks, we can no longer deny his gender. He's still tiny compared with our French Wheaten Maran fledglings, but has a very pink comb developing - a bit of a give-away. We're hoping that as he grows up, he'll get on with father Ken, otherwise he'll be looking for a new home.
The 30th June, the first day of Wimbledon, blue skies, 28c and it's really starting to feel like summer.
In England, the Wimbledon tennis championship held in London, is synonymous with (in our case freshly harvested) juicy strawberries, dripping with fresh cream (and a sprinkle of sugar for sweet-tooth folk like me!) and with Pimms.
Today's gorgeously hot day melted into a warm sultry evening, spent with feet up and sharing a jug of Pimms. It just wouldn't be Wimbledon, or summer, without it.
Pimms is traditionally served as follows:
1 part Pimms to 3 parts lemonade over ice, with fresh mint leaves, strawberries, cucumber and a slice of orange and made by the jug!
A climbing rose has engulfed one of apple trees and we haven't hit the heart to remove it. The perfume is wonderful!
The rhododendrons at the bottom of the garden are in full bloom (please note, there's not a duck in sight!). Now that we are into June, everything in the garden is growing like billeow!
Jeramany, confirmed as a cockerel is looking for a new home now, before he finds himself in competition with Ken for the Lovely Ladies' attention.
Jeramany is one of two chicks given to us by a friend as company for Popty-Ping our duckling. Only one of our Call Duck eggs hatched in the incubator, so the little duckling needed some company. Jeramany the Lakenvelder and Chuck Czuk the Polish hen became best of friends with Popty-Ping. All three have been hand-read and as a result are very tame. It's so sweet having the gang of three rummaging in the ground by my feet whilst I'm weeding, but it's time for pastures new for our little fella!
Beautiful walks across the fields and through woodland can take you over to Malvern. Recent guests from Holland set off from The Duckhouse with a GPS. They hiked to Malvern, where they explored the town and had lunch before walking back through farmland to The Red Lion Inn at Cradley, a mile from The Duckhouse. Public footpaths criss-cross the entire area and the Herefordshire Way goes along our farm track. It couldn't be easier!
May not only brings warm sunshine, flowers in bloom and leaves on the trees glowing green. It is also the month when May Bugs make an appearance. Harmless, infrequent visitors drawn to light, they are nonetheless a bit scary!
A local friend heard of Popty-Ping's lonely plight and kindly gave us 2 chicks to keep it company. This little ball of fluff is called Czuk Chuck (a Poland) at 1 week old. Poppy-Ping, Czuk Chuck and our other new chick, a Lakenvelder called Jeramany all slept snuggled up together under an electric hen. Warm and toasty!
All round country bumpkin
Wife, mother, baker, gardener, chuck and duck lover and all round country bumpkin.