I wanted to share these photos before
we are too far from golden summer…
and because I thought you might like
to see how my “little women” have
Little hens all in a row-
Juniper, Audrey, Gwyn, Jane and Maya
In step : )
They do have me wrapped around their little fingers…
ummm….toes. Did you know that chicken’s feet are
wonderfully warm? I discovered this when they were smaller
and would gently walk across me when I was reclining
in the grass.
I bring them tiny bouquets of green clover, which they
delicately nibble from my fingers. And tho’ they are a bit
more independent these days and don’t stay near for long
when I come to visit…we have lovely conversations and
the autumn air is warmed by their murmurings.
kerrie October 3, 2010 at 3:43 am
Who is this in the photos with the chickens??? I adore the outfit. These photos look like a magazine. Delightful.
paper roads October 3, 2010 at 3:53 am
it looks like a dream of summer. so beautiful, and so peaceful. I love coming to visit your bower for the peace it brings me.
and I love your chickens’ names. how did you choose them?
Lesley Austin October 3, 2010 at 4:45 am
I am so glad you asked…I wanted to explain, but it didn’t flow to do so. But here will be just right…
Juniper-because I wanted to be reminded of Juniper (from Wise Child that I wrote about in June) in my life everyday and this little hen was dark like Juniper, so…
Audrey-because we called her “funny face” when she was little and there is a lovely movie called Funny Face that stars Audrey Hepburn
Gwyn-because our little yellow hen had an unfortunate meeting with our little yellow dog when she was quite small. When she recovered, after two days of nursing, we wanted to give her a name to acknowledge our happiness that we were still “blessed” with her presence and as Gwyn means “blessed” and we thought is beautiful…
Jane-is a Speckled Sussex hen and I wanted her to have a very English name. It is a sweet name to say and old-fashioned and seems to suit her
very well…she is such a dear.
Maya-named by my son, Sam, after he returned from Guatemala this summer. Sam has an affinity with hens and always gets to name atleast one of a new batch. I had the pleasure of naming this rest this time, tho’ my other son, Caleb (and his friends) gave most of the little hens “tougher” middle names to counter the femininity of my choices! Greyhook is Audrey’s middle name, Rump is Juniper’s…and I have tried to forget the rest (smiling).
Dori October 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm
Ohhhh…. Seeing you in your boots, being followed by the girls, just makes me smile! 🙂 Does Audrey still have her funny face? I did so love that little face!
Deb October 4, 2010 at 12:06 am
Lovely photos of your beautiful hens (love their names) ♥
Heather October 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Like kerrie, I love your personal style Lesley! It so embodies the personality I met two years ago at Squam.
Bonnie October 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Love your skirt. Seems English?
KnitNana October 6, 2010 at 12:24 am
What lovely photos of you and your girls…it’s so chilly here, it’s a delight to see the warmth of summer for just a few minutes more!
mendofleur.com October 8, 2010 at 2:20 am
I am happy the hens have a safe and sensitive and caring home with a most fashionable hen keeper. I love your posts and blog. It nurtures my sometimes anxious heart.