Friday, November 17, 2006

Wiltshire in the Rain!

Boy! has it rained today. I'm not complaining! We definately could do with a lot more of this!!

I love the autumn and this is the view even in the rain

This is from Kathryns window looking straight down the garden. It is really only the last 7 - 10 days that the leaves have changed. They are still dropping, you can see there are still alot of trees with leaves on, which fro us is exceptionally late. But look at the colours... the green of the lawns, orange berries, autumnal orange and red of the leaves. I love it!

This as you can see is just to the left of the last pic.
Again you have a fantastic contrast between the different shades of gree and the deep reds! When Mark retires I would love to go to New England in the fall, I believe it is quite spectacular!

I have decided not to beat myself up about the chickens!!! As much as I like the idea of them free rangeing in the garden it is just not practical, especially in this weather! This is them today sheltering in the eglu from the rain, the stalks hanging down are the remains of the Chard from the morning! They have plenty of room to scratch around, they have good food, lots of treats and are cosy amd warm at night! I could take the run off the eglu to give them more room, but at the moment that is the only shelter they have from the rain! We have looked at another part of the garden up by the veg patch, where we could construct a run with roof, but needs some more thinking about! Until then they will have to stay where they are!!!


allotment lady said...

The landscape looks good Libby, and the chooks look fine to me. I shortened my runs as you can see if you look closely at the photos on my site. To do just as you mentioned - to give them even more room to run around on the odd days they have to stay in the pen. They have two lots of shelter for dust bathing - which helps.

You could let them out for an hour before dusk as a compromise if you do feel the need some days. Perhaps in when the ground is frozen.

But you are right not to 'beat yourself up' about it - just think of the wonderful life they are having with you - compared to that of battery hens with only the space of an A4 sheet of paper to move in.

You are doing a grand job.

mrsnesbitt said...


Like I said, she knows her stuff!


M said...

Just passing, looks like you're having a wonderful time. Cheers.