The family wedding is over and Hollywater Hens is open again as usual:
Open Wednesday to Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Saturday and Sunday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed – Monday and Tuesday
Open – Bank holidays
Apologies for any inconvenience but Hollywater Hens will be closed this weekend only (26/27 September 2015) due to a family wedding.
Visitors to The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park will be able to explore and enjoy a display of imaginative and innovative sculpture, forming an exciting trail which leads around the Garden. The sculptures are inspired by the natural world. All pieces are available to purchase and standard Savill Garden entry fees apply.
While being very careful to blur the price off this sculpture - it was quite expensive! - another visitor to the Sculpture Trail did say with all sincerity "She's being very still for you to take your picture".
Police in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, stopped traffic to help a mother duck and several ducklings cross a busy road.
We've been busy moving the coops nearer to the large barns and hedges that will provide shelter from the elements later in the autumn. The barn has been fllled with straw, which made for hours of fun for my children and chickens alike, while the sheds where the chicks were raised in spring and summer are now clear and disinfected; they will remain empty until we start hatching again next year.
With the nights beginning to draw in, it's also time to spruce up your run, if it is fixed. For bare ground that is prone to becoming water logged: after turning over the earth, removing any heavily soiled areas and spraying with Virkon -S disinfectant, add a good, deep layer of bark and some lengths of timber for your birds to perch on and explore. Place slabs around the outside of your fencing, as this not only gives you a path to walk on but helps prevent predators digging in. Similarly, check feed bins for signs of rodents, which maybe moving into more sheltered places - especially if corn and layers pellets are available - and remember to sweep up any spillages.