Saturday, 23 April 2016
After School Activities
At 4pm (almost precisely!) each afternoon the school bus leaves Hector at The Old Parsonage. He scrambles off the bus, takes hold of Dobson's lead and then they race each other to the kitchen door, ending up in a breathless tangle.
School bag and dog lead are exchanged for a treat for the hens and they both head off for Owl Wood.
The girls wait at the gate; they soon get into a routine when they associate it with a treat. The large white hen is Suzy, the pretty grey one is Dusty. Dusty is a dreamer, often lags a long way behind the others, so we always keep some treats back for her.
Queen Mab, Leonie, Frankie and Shaggy are quick to join in the feasting, Dobson watches enviously, but has great respect for chicken-beaks, he knows they won't hesitate to go for him if he gets too close.
Hector quickly reverses his little electric car out of the lean-to garage, at the side of the hen-house, and off he goes driving around the woodland, singing away to himself.
An ebay bargain find, several years ago, that little car has brought so much fun to all the grandchildren.
A few turns around the woodland and it is time for tea.
Yesterday, being Friday, was a special tea. I forgot to photograph it, but I had filled a two-tier cake stand with sandwiches and tiny homemade cakes. I wondered whether it would be too girly for Hector, but no, he loved it.
Sandwiches, cakes and several glasses of milk were thoroughly enjoyed. Then he and Grandpa went back into the woodland, one to have fun, the other to clean out the hen-house.
Shortly afterwards Frankie came back from her nursery school and informed me that there was a baby rabbit's head and some bits of mouse out on the patio...
..Coco has been at it again.
Cowslip Cottage is really starting to take shape, we shall be working down there again today. Your lawns could do with a cut but the rain is falling so I won't be doing that job today.