Before I start my babbling I just wanted to say thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my blog post about hand-made gifts. I am glad you all loved them and your comments really do make me smile :-) Ever since I have been reading blogs I have been so inspired and it has really helped the creative side of me come out again which in turn makes me feel very happy so thank you all very much. x
'We don't live on a farm' is a phrase I often have to use in our house. You see, my husband seems to think we do. Not only do we have the gorgeous chickens ......
|This is Petal our rather scruffy looking chicken.|
Who are really cute pets, in fact too lovely as I would never dream of eating one (wouldn't make a good farmer's wife would I!). We even have a little disabled chicken who was found limping (think of the ministry of funny walks from Monty Python) down a street in another village.
Here she is after a bath. She had to live outside the main coup as the other chickens bullied her :-(
Little Sweetpea loves looking after her and after months of tender loving care she laid her first egg - she must be happy :-)
Sorry I digress ... but then Mr Sweetpea started talking about honey bees. So look what he has now down the bottom of the garden !
I must confess I am rather fascinated and taken with them even after being stung by one. Mind you if I had been trodden on I would sting too!
They have a little motorway over into the field next door and zoom in and out of their hive. Here they are having a drink after a busy flight. I have been amazed how placid they are, they are quite happy to zoom round me to get into their house, and also by how horrid wasps are trying to get in and kill their grubs and eating them if they get a chance!
And this is the field the bees zoom over. As you can see the kiddies love it a lot too :-) We are so lucky to live next to a lovely large field, I do hope it never gets built on, I would be heartbroken!
|the kiddies watching the combine at work|
It creates hours of entertainment for the kiddies .......
and the dogs :-) Well I am now hoping Mr Sweetpea will be happy with the 2 dogs, parrot, chickens, snake and bees! He has mentioned pigs and goats but I have reminded him again that WE DO NOT LIVE ON A FARM! I am hoping he reads this :-)
I love having lots of animals but it does have its drawbacks. Not only do they take time to feed and care for but you also get surprises like the above sock. Little Sweetpea and I went to 'Music Mayhem' recently and she had forgotten her sockaroo. She popped her shoe off and I went to put her sock on her hand to make a sockaroo only to see the above little footprint on her sock! She had had that sock on for about 1 hour. After a bit of questioning she told me that she had been to see to chickens in the morning, obviously with no wellies on :-) Sockaroo got no kiss that day from the Music Mayhem leader :-)
Talking about chickens and farms, I recently got contacted by Al from All the Tea Towels to ask I could review some tea towels for her.
So I went to her site, wow what a choice! There are so many lovely designs it was hard to pick.
I chose these designs as they were on Linen towels which I believe is a more eco-friendly material than cotton at the moment. One is a garden scene and the other had to have birdies on of course :-) Ali sent some great instructions with them on how to get the best out of my towels so I steeped them for a couple of hours and washed them with no conditioner to help absorbency. They were such a joy to hang on the line and use. Thanks Ali :-)