Category Archives: Hens

A Morning of Interruptions – August 1917

It was an intensely hot morning, and I was grating suet and preparing vegetables on a stone sconce out of doors. The bleating of sheep, and the soft scurrying of their woolly forms, just beyond the burn, reminded me that … Continue reading

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Friday – Cosy Place for Chicks – May 1902

The cosiest place for our young chicks is the orchard — sunny, sheltered, quiet and undisturbed. Unfortunately, it is not closely fenced from the garden and barricade it as we will, the hen mother gets over. It has been so … Continue reading

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Friday – Problems of Meditating Hen – April 1901

Cleaned the dairy to-day, and got on so well with it that, in a pleasant vision, one saw the whole place renovated in a few weeks without the need for troublesome extra help. Set a hen to-day, and she is … Continue reading

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Thursday – Trivial, Frivolous but Interesting – April 1901

It is only the most trivial events of one’s life that can be chronicled in a diary. If what follows seems frivolous to some, my excuse is that others have said they like this sort of thing in print, and … Continue reading

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March 1903 Friday: Feed the Calves

Dreamt last night (the old diarists always chronicled their dreams) that I was one of the four hundred guests at the “little dance” given by the king and queen at Buckingham Palace and had a waltz with Mr Balfour. Why … Continue reading

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March 1903 Thursday: The Oorie’t and Cirken’t Hen

Somebody had left the garden gate open last night, and a flock of hens are having a grand time in the shrubbery. They like a change of scenery just as much as we human beings do when our holiday season … Continue reading

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Leading to Thrawn Necks – February 1904

We knew how many of last year’s chickens were laying and the egg basket in January was a heartsome sight when suddenly the numbers dropped to half although the combs remained as rosy and the early morning activity of the … Continue reading

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