Saturday, December 24, 2011

All was quiet on Christmas Eve...meet our new hens

Hello!

It's been chaos over here.  It's that time of year I guess...why do the general public appear utterly crazy at Christmas?    :)

Usually I am running around like mad too - but Christmas has sort of flown under my radar this year, I've been swamped at work both day and night job - and life's been pretty busy.  My sister is hosting Christmas so I'm not even stressed out about cooking a huge meal!  I'm bringing salads hopefully mostly from the garden.  The garden is being very prolific thanks to all the sunshine we are getting.

Miss Bok was very funny at her Christmas carols concert this year...the principal asked a rhetorical joke/question ('I wonder what this class are meant to be?  They are wearing something on their heads but I cannot work out what they are meant to be or what they are meant to be singing') and Miss Bok got down from her position on stage (all her class were facing with backs towards the audience getting ready to start their song) to whisper the answer VERY LOUDLY in her principal's ear ('Reindeer and Rudolph' - of course).  She later told me she didn't want her principal to be embarrassed as it was a pretty easy question.  I don't think she quite gets rhetorical questions yet.  She got a lot of laughs which she didn't understand either.

Her principal looks quite surprised don't you think?

So on the day before Christmas, we are chillaxing at home, oh and I have pics to show you of our 3 new hens!  They are not bantams but are full size but only around 11 weeks old.  They don't have names yet.  I haven't even tried bonding with them.  I'm still sore hearted from the loss of our last flock.  We now have  barnevelder, welsummer and light sussex pullets.  I don't think our garden could handle more than 3 full sized hens so it'll be a tiny flock of 3.  A far cry from our usual flock of 6 bantams.  I'm still so sad about losing them.


  

 
Anyone know when to pick babaco?  We have little fruit!  Hooray!

 
I thought the little ones had been opening gifts early...until I found a certain bunny in the act of eating up the wrapping paper from the gifts!

This is what I want to do.  This is part of the kitchen garden at Miss Bok's school - the chook shed is connected to the garden that the chooks are allowed to access through that little walkway bridge that Master Bok is standing on, the space beneath allows the chooks to move from run to shed!  Love it!
 
 
Phoebe - thank you so much for the seeds we've been eating loads of gem squash!

Greyzini zucchini and lots of it
 

 
Is there anything cheerier than a garden dotted with sunflowers?
 
Peach wine tomatoes!  Yum!  Orangey goodness.
Tomatoes putting on a great show

 
Too much trombocino... 


 
Lots of pumpkin appearing at last 


Mr Bok had his xmas present early - a ride day at Phillip Island 

 
This little spider freaks me out everytime I pass the airing cupboard.  Except it's a sticker. Such are the practical jokes of 3 year olds.

Have a WONDERFUL Christmas everyone - and if you don't celebrate Christmas, enjoy the festive season anyway - or stay away from the crazy folk in the crowds!

15 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm so glad you have new hens! The sunflowers are so wonderful. I miss summer.
    Miss Bok has a soft heart. So dear!

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  2. Oh Miss Bok you are hilarious!!! I love your new flock, can't wait for the names :-) Barnvelder one if my faves. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow-has been great 'meeting' you through blogging. Mel xx

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  3. Have a gorgeous time with your family, love the way you give us an over all impression of your time with your varied selection of photos. Best of luck with the new flock. May they grow and prosper without any interference from the dreaded foxes.

    Take care,
    Deb

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  4. I have been wondering how you are doing. It's been such a crappy year for your flock. Fingers crossed for these guys. I hope you allow yourself to bond soon.
    Beat wishes for a lovely Chrsitmas xx

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  5. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope Santa brings lots of presents o your little ones.

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  6. I am so sad for your loss of the previous flock, but glad you have new hens. I'm hoping you have better luck with them this time and your fox hunter catches that wiley mr fox!

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  7. Merry Christmas to you and your flock (feathered, furry and otherwise)...Miss Bok is such a sweet little girl. I bet her principal will remember her helpfulness.

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  8. So nice to see your garden producing. Here, the garden sleeps soundly under a skiff of snow. The house is all decorated and most of the baking done for our Christmas Eve party and oldest daughter's birthday. Bad Bunny Tim Tam. He looks so perfectly innocent. Nice hens. Hopefully your trapper has ridded the fox from the neighborhood. Merry Christmas Mrs. Bok.

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  9. I'm glad you have new hens, and enjoyed hearing about your garden updates - and the Christmas carol adventures! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, lots of well wishes to your family.

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  10. Doesn't that speak volumes about the beautiful ingenuous nature of your daughter and what's more you were able to capture it on camera! Rare and gold. So glad you have your new flock.

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  11. Have a lovely Christmas holiday and best wishes (for the hens too) in 2012!

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  12. I'm glad you've got new gerlies!
    Merry Christmas!

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  13. Congrats on the new chooks! Time heals all wounds, as they say. You'll bond with your new brood in no time! Happy holidays.

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  14. Oh Mrs Bok, nice to see your lovely, new girls.........
    Sunflowers and home grown tomatoes, just lovely. After all the rain gardens are bursting with produce and your is looking very productive indeed.
    How cute a bunny nibbling at the wrapping paper on presents.......
    Home grown raspberries yum......ours have just finished but have been delicious.

    Enjoy the festivities with your family and friends and best wishes for a healthy, happy and productive 2012.

    Claire X

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  15. I hope you had a great day Mrs B! Your new girls are gorgeous. I am so sad about mine too. I just cant go to the coop any more and see that Dumpling isnt there... On the bright side, you will be amazed at how big the eggs are that the sussex will lay!
    Glad you like the gem squashes!

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