and society ceases to satisfy,
there is always the garden”
Or might I slightly amend that to “there are always the hens”?
Or best of all, a garden full of hens…
I do hope this works! Isn’t The Bower up-to-date now, with Moving Pictures? Seriously, tho’, when I saw that my son had filmed our little women in the kitchen garden, and that it was all so peaceful with the birdsong in the background and the carpet of tiny flowers, I wanted to share it with you.
For a few months now we have been gathering a sweet handful of eggs from the henhouse each evening. Well, I say henhouse, and there are sometimes two or three eggs there, but the other two usually require a hunt around all the lovely, golden, straw-scattered nooks in what we call our barn.
But it is worth the effort.
And last week I discovered something new about chickens (or, at least, our newest flock) when I took my mom for a walk to the old orchard (the one the goats ate most of many years ago!), and that is that chickens like to take walks with us. We had already discovered that with our cats who follow us through the fields (and sometimes woods), and as my mom and I made our way over the hummocky grass towards the blooming trees, the hens followed along with us on the goat’s path on the other side of the fence. As we sat beneath the blossoms of the old pear tree, the hens murmured and pecked nearby and took their leave when we did a little while later.
“Good morning, dear Jane…come out into the sunshine. I have a bowl of warm mash waiting for you near the house.” Fresh mornings and dusky evenings in the barn, bright straw and grassy hay, nubby grains and crystal clear water from the pump, soft feathers and softer voices….all this our hens
give to me.
P.S. Many of these photos, as well as the film, are by my son Caleb….including the last (please excuse my rather odd pajama/sweater combination : ). When he leaves home sometime in the near future, you may never see another photo me, for it is always Caleb who beautifully photographs many beautiful ordinary moments in our days.
J. Chapman March 25, 2011 at 12:27 am
thank you dear Lesley and Caleb for videoing and posting the hens in the garden. What beautiful bursts of color and signs of spring. I too enjoy all of the photos on your sites.
Nice to see your post and hear about your walks with your mom.
Dinahsoar March 25, 2011 at 1:48 am
What a pleasure to see and read about your adventures with the hens. Lovely. And nice that your mom was able to go for a walk.
Laurie March 25, 2011 at 2:02 am
Love the hen photos and video. And girl, you are even stylish in your PJ’s :o) I see you have lots of the same purple flowering plant in your garden as we do. It sounds like a sweet day.
Heather March 25, 2011 at 2:36 am
What beautiful eggs!
Mary Lou March 25, 2011 at 3:03 am
Who in the world would sit still and watch a minute and a half of hens clucking?
OK, ME, TWICE!
melissa March 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm
This is so sweet, and you’re right…your women are so restful to watch. Love their little clucky voices.
Thanks to you and your son for sharing with this city girl! 🙂
Dori March 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm
So lovely and peaceful a video! I’ve watched 3 times so far. I love watching the little women cruising through the flowers. They look so happy and healthy, Lesley. And I spied sweet Pippin, too! 🙂 Give him a scritch around the ears for me. Which speckly hen is Funny Face all grown up?
kkkkaty March 27, 2011 at 3:08 am
Lesley Austin March 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Funny Face (Audrey), didn’t grow up to be speckledy at all! She is one of the golden-brown ones…Maya of the daintier head being the other one. That is actually Audrey in the third photo from the bottom, with all the sky above her dear head.
Juniper is the black and white speckled hen (and she is not at wise like her namesake, but is rather goofy) and Jane is the brown and white speckled hen you see at the very end of the film. And that leaves golden Gwyn, the beauty queen of the flock.
Lynn April 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm
I love imagining you strolling with the chickens! And the pictures are always wonderful.
3rdfloorcreations April 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
OH! This makes me miss my hens! They would follow me around the yard as I worked and often tried to follow me back into the house so I could never leave the back door open. My new place doesn’t allow for animals, especially hens. This is a beautiful post!
coco April 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm
ohhhh, you have chikens! It is my wish to have them at home too……..
Do you enjoy them?
Me April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm
I smiled and smile reading this post…I too have sons, gone from the nest, and a few getting ready to leave, a kitty who follows me around in the yard, and I am getting ready to add some chickens to the parade! Your post made me excited and thoughtful too. Love the PJ’s!
you may have to teach your mom to photograph you.