Whose Chair is This?

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At six weeks old the buff sussex and speckled sussex chicks, who you last saw sitting on the roof of the ‘hen house’,  are already up to mischief!

I’ve taken to letting them out of their pen for a couple of hours most days, so they can do some exploring.  I usually sit in this chair watching over them, and enjoying their antics.

The other day, I went inside to answer the phone, and make myself a cup of tea, and forgot about them for a bit – when I went outside again – this is what I found – it made me laugh – and luckily the camera was nearby, so I took this picture.

(By the way, yes, one of the chicks had cut her foot on something, and I did wash it and put some disinfectant on it – she’s fine now!)

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A couple of days later Teeni, my (I think) barbu d’uccle, bantam hen, who has started taking her 3 week old chicks out and about with her, came and visited me when I was potting up some plants – using the old soil from a wooden planter that had rotted – at the bottom at the pots, just as a filler.

Mum is the blur at the back – the chicks are having a great time.  The one on the far right is sitting on the handle of my trowel – so you can see how small they are, but wow – can they fly!

H is for Hiatus – but you do get two pictures….

HI need a break – but rather than not put up a post, I thought I’d do this instead ….

Something has come up that needs my attention – I was going to write about the History of the Domestication of Poultry – but that’s a tall order, and I can’t do it justice today – so instead, I’m giving you two pictures I took this week that you may enjoy!

Its been incredibly warm and sunny this week – just in time for the Easter Break – so I thought I’d tidy up the garden …….

This is one of my young Marans - I was sitting in the garden recovering from pruning my bay tree - see below, and she decided to come and peck at my slippers, which I forgot to change before I started working in the garden!

This is one of my young Marans – I was sitting in the garden recovering from pruning my bay tree – and she decided to come and peck at my slippers, which I forgot to change before I started working in the garden!

 

This is the view from my back garden - stunning isn't it!  I actually took the picture to record the pruning of the overgrown bay tree - I hung the heavy clippers on the tree when I took a break!  The reason I did this was partly to give me space to put the cage I use when I introduce young chicks to the outside world - and my chicks are going to need it soon. Don't worry about the bay tree - it will soon be covered with new growth - they recover from massacres like this quite quickly!

This is the view from my back garden – stunning isn’t it! I actually took the picture to record the pruning of the overgrown bay tree – I hung the heavy clippers on the tree when I took a break! The reason I did this was partly to give me space to put the cage I use when I introduce young chicks to the outside world – and my chicks are going to need it soon.
Don’t worry about the bay tree – it will soon be covered with new growth – they recover from massacres like this quite quickly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOES ANYONE WANT SOME BAY LEAVES – I’VE GOT THOUSANDS OF THEM! 

E is for my Easter chicks

EOK – I’m cheating a bit, cos the chicks were hatched between the 26th – 28th of March – see my earlier post – Easter is coming and – my chicks have just hatched!

I thought you might like to know how they are doing, and what they look like now, 10 days later, on Easter Monday.  Rather than make you go back and forth between the posts – these are them at between 1 and 3 days old:-

They are out of the incubator and into a very large cardboard box, courtesy of one of my suppliers – I think it had a large yarn order in it, and I kept it knowing it would come in useful!

the brooding pen

the brooding pen

This is the set up – I had intended to use an old brooder I have used for years which is a metal box with an electric element inside which keeps the chicks warm – but it blew the fuses all over the house when I turned it on!  I’m sure it was a loose wire and just needed a simple re-connection, but it would have meant dismantling the whole box to get to it, so once again, I found myself deciding not to bother to try and fix it, and ordered a new one thro ebay……which meant I had to keep the incubator going inside the box – propped open so the chicks could go in and out.

They “jumped with joy” when they found they had room to run around in, and have been speeding around it so fast, that it’s almost impossible to get a properly focussed picture of them!

So the incubator has stayed in the box, and the odd thing on stilts is the new brooder – which they can return to any time to benefit from the warmth of the top platform.  The brooder was only just put in the box in this picture and they were a bit scared of it, so they bunched up in their ‘safe corner’.

The box has been lined with thick wads of old newspaper, which I can peel off to keep it clean – tho’ its not very pretty – and the white blob in the foreground is a drinker, which is an upside down ‘bulb’ shape, that allows the water to be dispensed into a low channel at the bottom, so its kept clean. The dish is full of chick crumbs – a commercial produced feed for chicks that has all they need for growth – but I also feed them with scrambled eggs on wetted brown bread – after all, they hatched from eggs, which are what they fed on whilst growing inside the shell, and its the best food they can get!

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So at approx 10 days old, they have grown, and their wing feathers are beginning to develop.  They are very active, and in fact I am going to have to shore up the sides of the box, because I just found one had jumped out and was cheeping loudly for me to come and put it back in with its ‘family’.

Linked to Clare & Deans photo of the week event:

http://clare-n-dean.com/category/photo-of-the-week/

chose any of these photos for the photo of the week!

and

https://foodtouristconfessions.wordpress.com/i-made-it-monday/

This week’s achievement was to manage to post a daily post for the A-Z challenge and to visit some of the other sites – as well, of course, looking after these little ones – smile!

Going back in time – photographs of a small mine that still worked with pit ponies in 1981

coal miner

coal miner

I originally published this on julzcrafts.com, as part of the blogging101 course, but it really belongs here!

And to celebrate this decision, I have also created a permanent page where you can see these photos, and even buy a print, a card or a few postcards, if you so wish – smile: see south wales – sepia mining range.

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sepia7-whole image This original 12″ x 10″ print is available on etsy

sepia1 - miner copyright_Fotor set of 4 mining postcards available at etsy

Whilst working on this blog, with the help of the WordPress Team, and the other hundreds of people on this online course, who come from every part of the globe, I have been reviewing and rethinking, and struggling at times with layouts and exactly what to say.

In my first blog for this course, I put up a couple of images that I published as sepia postcards, and I wondered why I did that, because I took them so long ago!   You can see that post HERE.

For whatever reason, I am prompted to put up two more of this set of images, my favourites. There was a small mine a little way up the hill from where I live that was still working with their well-loved pit ponies…

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some more of my old photos – from a series I did on agricultural shows

At one time I was “official photographer” for my local agricultural show, in the Swansea Valley – at one time it was a thriving show – I was really sad to see that it is no longer going.

Someone has tried to put on a substitute recently, but when I popped in to see it last summer, there were no animals around, just a small mix of stalls – still I hope they keep going!

This is a small selection from photographs I took at various agricultural shows around Wales – including the Royal Welsh.  Most of these are people shots, or things I found amusing.

These are all scans of prints.  I have loads more on negatives, not digital.  Been thinking of buying one of those scanners that convert negatives to digital…..hmmm!

 

still life: jug with tulips

one image, many ways of looking at it

I took this still life many years ago, on a large format, with real film in it – I think this is a scan, not of the negative, but of a print of the negative, as it’s not as sharp as I would like it to be.

this is the full image

a still life I took many years ago

a still life I took many years ago

and these are some of the crops and variations that I played around with!

 

I still have the blue jug, altho’ its a little chipped now!