He thought I'd done it. I thought he'd done it. Neither of us had. Sad to say, Mr Fox took advantage of the situation and I came down to a horrible scene on Thursday morning. Every one of our beautiful girls had been killed. One had disappeared entirely, we assume taken away by the fox. Mr Moog and I were beside ourselves and felt so terribly guilty for such a stupid avoidable mistake.
I came home from work late yesterday afternoon to find four new inhabitants in the hen house - it seems one day without hens was one day too many for the Mr. So, without wishing to tempt fate again...I would like to introduce you to the new girls.
At the back left is a little speckledy hen called Dotty, at the front left is Tango - a Sussex Ranger, and behind her is my girl Geraldine (a dead ringer for my lovely Miranda) and here, laying her very first tiny egg is Fizz - a Blue Ranger.
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Mr Moog and I are not going to be taking any chances with these babies. Lesson learned.
This morning I had a lovely surprise brought by the postman. My lovely friend Lucy Locket had warned me he might be bringing something to cheer me up - and it really did cheer me up :)
A bundle of gorgeous goodies that brought a huge smile to my face, including the cutest little felted sheep brooch and a skein of beautiful turquoise yarn that my camera just could not do justice to. It's an absolutely stunning colour and I think I'm going to have to knit a shawl with it as I don't want to make socks and have it hidden in my boots! Thank you Lucy - I love it :)
We have the in-laws here for the weekend and so far I've been on my feet all day in the kitchen, making meals and cups of tea. Grandma has just popped out to the Co-op so I decided to sneak on here for a quick post, while a lovely beef stew bubbles in the oven.
Just before I go, here's a scarf I finished a few days ago, using some handspun by me - the turquoisy-blue is a whole load of mixed fibres that I blended myself, including some sparkle, and the white stripes are soft and fluffy handspun alpaca. I can't wait for it to be cold enough to wear it!