Sunday, 29 May 2011

Norman the cockerel

Today we were given a new cockerel to keep our four hens in order. Norman is very large with impressive spurs and is mostly Cuckoo Maran so is a speckled grey. He is fastened into the pen at the moment getting to know his new wives but will soon be strutting his stuff around the garden.

At last the fig tree is showing signs of life with just an odd leaf appearing on the top branches. There will be no figs this year but at least the tree may survive.

I have been watching the house martins swooping around the yard catching insects. Most years we have swallows too but I have only seen the odd one so far. And, as they say, one swallow does not make a summer!

Tomorrow it is forecast to rain. It will not make for a good Bank Holiday but local farmers - and gardeners - need the ground to get a good soaking as it has been incredibly dry here  for the last month.

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