I have to introduce you to our feathered and furry residents, very much a part of our family:
Firstly, there is Bentley, he is from Sydney, Australia and is a long-haired, short-legged Jack Russell. He is a very laid back character who thinks he is a human most of the time and comes everywhere with us.
In the summer of 2015 we bought a small bundle of trouble, a two month old Jack Russell puppy whom we called Evie. She is a local French girl and loves to give Bentley the runaround!
When we bought our house in France we also bought two kittens, for the children they were playmates, don’t all young children want kittens? For me, I hoped they would see away any mice there might be; for a farmer’s daughter I have a strange phobia against mice, I cannot stand them! They are brother and sister, they adore Bentley and Rory and Evie have become very firm playmates – I have no idea if they have caught any mice, but I haven’t seen any which has to be a good sign. Rory on the left and Clara on the right (named from Dr. Who)
Then there are the chickens, and with five children, the chickens naturally all have names! They have a vast area in which to roam, we call it the chicken garden, but it is more like a small field. They live in luxury, if they were humans it would be like living in a manor house surrounded by ancient parkland! They have ancient trees of several hundred years old, hedgerows and old stone walls form their boundaries, they have an antique stone bird bath to drink from and plenty of shelter from both sun and rain. In return they provide us with the most delicious free range eggs.
Cyrius is the leader of the pack being the only male, he is our Pekin Bantam rooster and he is joined by ten hens; five Pekin Bantams, a white Sussex, two Marans and two Araucanas. Each spring we let one of the broody hens sit on a clutch of eggs and hatch our own chicks, always exciting for both the adults and children here.
Our eggs come in all shapes and sizes quite literally; big, small, white, tan and deep chestnut brown.