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 also seem to think they are part of the family and each morning after their breakfast they wander up the garden to the kitchen door to see what is happening in the human world. They are completely free range and the only place out of bounds is the vegetable garden.
Fritz is our Pekin Bantam rooster and he is joined by three other Pekin Bantams, Rosie, Amy and Katya. We also have two White Sussex hens, Astrid and Eglantyne. Then there is our hybrid ginger hen, Chuckles and last but not least our young local French faverolle rooster, Falafel. We bought some fertilized eggs and put them under one of the broody Bantams and he hatched on May 31st 2015 to a huge amount of excitement from both adults and children here.
Aside from being extremely entertaining to watch they provide us with the most delicious eggs. The eggs come in all sizes from tiny Bantam eggs which are white to one hen, Chuckles I think who at least once a week lays a giant double yolker!