Winter is closing in at last, and the cold weather has arrived.
All the animals are doing very well, especially Cricket who is growing like crazy and looks like a proper hen!
Here is a selection of photos I took yesterday morning, as I did my morning rounds.
Look at Cricket’s beautiful hen’s tail: dusty blue-grey!
Here she is, showing off her gold-laced plumage
Cricket and Raven (the boss) are side by side, showing how big Cricket has become.
Matilda is looking much more plush now her feathers are growing back out
Harriet is a Barnevelde and has similar colourings to Cricket. Her head is dark, though, and she is more speckled.
The leaves have finally fallen away from the Peach tree, leaving some bare branches at last.
The head of broccoli I let flower is now in full bloom.
The greenhouse now stays fogged up until mid-morning.
The path leading between our beds is being colonised by wild Coreopsis.
The beetroot patch is looking great: probably ready to harvest. It was a little windy yesterday morning, when I took this!
The peas are safe from the wind on a trellis. At this size, at least.
Pea flowers are so delicate.
And here is another, with the bush canopy behind
Next door the broad beans are doing well. The ones at the back are older and more advanced than the ones at the front
And the broccoli that came up by itself is now flowering (bolting to seed, really), so we are eating little heads before they bloom.
There isn’t much flowering at the moment, but this rose almost always has a bloom or two