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Friday, 23 January 2009

Nature at work

Two degrees at 10am. Cold, overcast but dry.

In yesterday's sunshine, I gave the chickens a few minutes of freedom and took the opportunity to take a short walk through Carmine's lanes and meadows. I was delighted to see that Nature is already at work on spring. There are narcissus and snowdrops in bud, and tiny bright yellow primulas in flower. The hazel is in exuberant mid-display and the magnolias and camellias are on the way.

Meanwhile, the young cockerel had decided to take it out on the cat, a fight ensued, the terrified chickens were scattered up hill and down dale, and my moment of carefree wandering was over.

PS By the end of the day it was snowing again.

16 comments:

Belle said...

He is a fine looking fellow.
What happened?

Kia said...

Ciao Louise, here I am with my 1st cup of coffee of the day :) Lovely pic, Spring seems on its way in Italy, lucky you!! :) Happy Friday and weekend ahead.

Anonymous said...

Nice story, who won the fight? There are signs of spring here with daffs starting to show.

Louise said...

The cat decided to beat a tactical retreat to the baita roof to check how much fur she lost. The cockerel went back to his sand bath and eventually the girls toddled back home clucking, lured by the promise of nutella sandwiches and Swiss muesli.

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,
Well I am disappointed, I had hoped the cat would have won and put that bully in his place

Louise said...

Hi Anon...I like cats - they know when a battle is important enough to fight, and when something's not worth the time of day. If you get my drift.

Dave King said...

Very much at work; fingers crossed that it's not too early!

Louise said...

Gosh, I DO like a man who knows how to use a semi-colon!

Brenda said...

Braja has her cows and you have your chickens. Maybe you should check out Julio on my blog :)

Braja said...

Camellias...my mum used to grow them in big white pots on the verandah... nice memory...thank you Louise. I love the simplicity and beauty of your posts....

Louise said...

Hey Brenda, I dropped by -- give me a clue, send me a link!

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,
Oh yes I really do know what you mean.

LadyFi said...

Spring?! It's snow and snow here in Sweden, with a blizzard forecast for tomorrow...

Louise said...

Having said all that, what you have to remember at the end of the day is that the cockerel isn't in the pot precisely because he's a good watchdog - he's doing exactly what he's supposed to do, look after his girls - you can't blame animals for following their nature.

Loren Christie said...

Oh how my Norman Whiskers would have loved to take on that crazy rooster.

Braja said...

LOL, it's true, you've got your chickens and I've got my cows :) Brenda's address is:

http://www.brendasblogfromparaguay.com/

and Julio is that gorgeous bird. She's in Paraguay...

Friday, 23 January 2009

Nature at work

Two degrees at 10am. Cold, overcast but dry.

In yesterday's sunshine, I gave the chickens a few minutes of freedom and took the opportunity to take a short walk through Carmine's lanes and meadows. I was delighted to see that Nature is already at work on spring. There are narcissus and snowdrops in bud, and tiny bright yellow primulas in flower. The hazel is in exuberant mid-display and the magnolias and camellias are on the way.

Meanwhile, the young cockerel had decided to take it out on the cat, a fight ensued, the terrified chickens were scattered up hill and down dale, and my moment of carefree wandering was over.

PS By the end of the day it was snowing again.

16 comments:

Belle said...

He is a fine looking fellow.
What happened?

Kia said...

Ciao Louise, here I am with my 1st cup of coffee of the day :) Lovely pic, Spring seems on its way in Italy, lucky you!! :) Happy Friday and weekend ahead.

Anonymous said...

Nice story, who won the fight? There are signs of spring here with daffs starting to show.

Louise said...

The cat decided to beat a tactical retreat to the baita roof to check how much fur she lost. The cockerel went back to his sand bath and eventually the girls toddled back home clucking, lured by the promise of nutella sandwiches and Swiss muesli.

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,
Well I am disappointed, I had hoped the cat would have won and put that bully in his place

Louise said...

Hi Anon...I like cats - they know when a battle is important enough to fight, and when something's not worth the time of day. If you get my drift.

Dave King said...

Very much at work; fingers crossed that it's not too early!

Louise said...

Gosh, I DO like a man who knows how to use a semi-colon!

Brenda said...

Braja has her cows and you have your chickens. Maybe you should check out Julio on my blog :)

Braja said...

Camellias...my mum used to grow them in big white pots on the verandah... nice memory...thank you Louise. I love the simplicity and beauty of your posts....

Louise said...

Hey Brenda, I dropped by -- give me a clue, send me a link!

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,
Oh yes I really do know what you mean.

LadyFi said...

Spring?! It's snow and snow here in Sweden, with a blizzard forecast for tomorrow...

Louise said...

Having said all that, what you have to remember at the end of the day is that the cockerel isn't in the pot precisely because he's a good watchdog - he's doing exactly what he's supposed to do, look after his girls - you can't blame animals for following their nature.

Loren Christie said...

Oh how my Norman Whiskers would have loved to take on that crazy rooster.

Braja said...

LOL, it's true, you've got your chickens and I've got my cows :) Brenda's address is:

http://www.brendasblogfromparaguay.com/

and Julio is that gorgeous bird. She's in Paraguay...