• A Suri With A Fringe On Top

    On Monday morning, while looking for straying turkeys, Benj and I found this little guy. He’s the latest addition to the Les Fragnes camelid herd. He’s a Suri alpaca. Mum Ciara had quietly given birth without us noticing. Now, since it was St Jerome’s Day I thought Jerome might be...


  • Country Morning

      We’ve had a typical country living autumn morning. After doing the usual livestock related chores with Chris, my next job was to pluck a turkey. After that I cleaned out the big chest freezer, all ready to receive autumn’s bounty that’s either currently still on trees or in the ground or...


  • A Quick Look At Chickens

    I think I have my biggest ever flock – possibly swarm – of chickens ever at the moment. I have four cou-nus, three white chickens, two brown chickens, one black chicken (Anastasia), one Limousin chicken and one Sussex (Cynthia). That’s a dozen. Only three are layers, possibly there’s a fourth producing...


  • More Pig Relocations

    Portia’s six piglets are eight weeks old now so it’s time to leave Mum. The novelty of motherhood has worn off and she’s been quite grumpy with her offspring, also she’s quite thin from feeding six hungry children. Time to wean. This is a three-person operation. Benj is the pig...


  • Not Ghoulish But Gaulish: Fête Gauloise at Prébenoit

    To celebrate the start of autumn and the return of the good weather, we had an outing today. I can never resist an opportunity to go the wonderful old Cistercian abbey at Prébenoit, 12.5 km from here, and today it was the venue for the first ever Fête Gauloise. So,...