I just could not resist using that title for this post. I think you'll find it comes from The Good Life - Series One, Ep.2.
This Easter we got 4 chicks, babies only just over a week old. The Little Foxes only changed schools at last half term (quite a wrench!) and we ask their old school, who take part in the Living Eggs scheme, if we could re-house the chicks that they hatched this year. On the last day of term we drove back to the old school, picked up our little ladies, peeping noisily in a cardboard box. They have been living in the nearly renovated boot room at Ash Cottage, in a home-made brooder with a heat lamp, ever since.
We each named one chick, they all had to have names that began with the letter A.
Ash Cottage came with a 60ft chicken run, which we have cleared, fixed and down-sized slightly. The Sargies, who cut down our trees and built our garden fences, also built us a chicken house. Best described as channeling a bee hive it's design is influenced by that wonderful book Rosie's Walk.
Our chicken house could probably house about 10 chickens so I am hoping if all goes well to increase our flock by the end of the year.
Today for the first time this Easter Hols I have had the whole day alone, the children went to the local stables for a pony day. So, with the help of Bjork, Carole King and Pat Hutchins I painted the chicken house. Bjork (Debut) & Carole King (Tapestry) I have discovered are very good to paint to.
And the sweet tastin' good life
Is so easily found
A way over yonder
That's where I'm bound
A Way Over Yonder lyrics by Carole KingJoining in with Mammasaurus' How Does Your Garden Grow again this week: