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We have had a lovely summer

4 Sep
The swimming pool at Montolieu

The swimming pool at Montolieu

Well the summers is nearly over but we have had a lovely time over here. The weather was very good this year, although May was a bit rainy. However June and July were splendid – hot, long sunny days with temperatures averaging 30°C. Then it dropped a tad in August, making life that much more bearable. We have been wearing shorts and tee shirts all summer!

The local open-air swimming pool has been much in demand. It’s only open in July and August but when things got too hot, we took to having meetings in the middle of the pool!

The chickens got a new home
The new hen house

The new hen house

Finally we decided that the chicken house built by volunteers two years ago was not fit for purpose. It leaked and was beginning to fall apart, and rats and mice were trying to muscle in as well! So we went on-line and found a French company that supplied wooden, ecological chicken houses that were delivered flat for us to assemble. Here is the result!

They appear to be quite happy with the new arrangement, although for a few days they tried to return to the old one at the end of the day. That stopped when we demolished the old one! It must be working as we started to collect three eggs a day again.

Nettles and yet another bone

Nettles and yet another bone

For Nettles it’s been a lovely time. She has had literally hundreds of people to play with her. She’s been out for long walks and runs. Here she is enjoying a bone.

As we are about to travel back to the UK for a holiday, she has an appointment with the vet who will give her a health check, an injection against worms and he will sign her off as fit to travel. This jas to be done between five days and24 hours before the channel crossing. This year we have decided to go on the overnight ferry from Caen/Ouistreham to Portsmouth thus avoiding any possible delays at Calais due to the refugee crisis unfolding there.

New volunteer website

We have produced a new website for people interested in volunteering here. Please do have a look.

The chickens are delivering

15 Sep

We received our three Rhode Island Reds in July. They came from a farm in Normandy and were delivered by a specialist courier. The chicken house had been ready for nearly a year, having been made by a volunteer out of recycled material.IMG_1063.JPGThey needed a little time to recover from their journey but were soon clucking away in their new pen.

IMG_4783.JPGWe all waited expectantly for eggs to be laid. They had been sold as “point of lay” chickens and were about 20 weeks old. But August came and still no eggs! One of the people attending a course here had a farm with 600 chickens. She approved of our chicken house and said that hens often did not lay after a long journey, nor when it was hot. The daytime temperature in August was 36C! Then, one day, an egg appeared in the laying box! We were delighted. And so was the hen, who made an extraordinary clacking sound. We now know this is entirely normal and have got used to it.

IMG_4906.JPGWe are now getting three fresh eggs a day. There’s nothing better than eating fresh organic eggs (although they are better after they have been stored in the fridge a few days). It’s great fun keeping chickens. We let them out each morning, refill their water and food containers and collect any eggs. We also feed them scraps from the kitchen (they love tomato and melon).