Twas the night before Christmas, and I have finally found the time to write, and it will probably be my last post in 2018. We’ve gone from frozen temperatures to sopping wet 10°C in the garden this month. At the beginning of the month it was so cold, the water in the chicken coop froze solid, so I had to put a ceramic heating lamp into the coop to keep it above zero, and that worked quite well.
This month I also lost two of my hens to a hawk or hawks. So now I only have 3 hens and the rooster who all escaped unscathed. I have so many hiding places under hedges and bushes that they could have used to escape the attack, so for them it was just bad luck. I will get another 3 hens in the spring, so that the rooster has a bit more company and I have more than three eggs a day, as is now.
The warmer and wetter weather here has been good for the lambs lettuce, it has doubled in size, but not yet big enough to pick. I have had to buy some for my christmas dinner, so maybe next year I should plant it earlier.
I was down in the garden today cleaning the chicken coop and spotted these bright green flower shoots emerging from my Hellebors. I love this no fuss plant. If it likes where it is planted then they will come back every year and given room, spread like a blanket. I planted white and crimson together.
Tomorrow I am cooking a feast for ten people, Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, all for my family and friends, Like my mother, aunt and grandmother did for me as a child when we were 12 around the big table.
So with Christmas upon us, I wish you all a lovely time with your family and friends, good cheer, and spirits and that you may enter the new year heathier, weathier and wiser, as I wish for myself.