Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The gift...

Last Sunday we celebrated a full year of living here in our very first home.
It doesn't seem that long ago we unloaded the moving truck and set up house in what will be our forever-on-earth home, in fact we still have to pinch ourselves that this quarter acre block is ours.

As a surprise 'anniversary gift' my wonderful husband gifted me two chooks, something we've talked about since sharing that first breakfast on the patio a year ago where we began making plans for a sustainable food garden.




Cinnamon and Nutmeg settled in immediately and within 24 hours had given us a gift of their own.




Blossom came over and helped her dad move the chook house under the big guava tree and pretty soon our girls were taking turns in the laying trough.








We free range them from sunrise to sunset and they've had a wonderful time exploring their surrounds as they roam here, there and everywhere, digging and scratching, eating bugs - but surprisingly neither have eaten or are even interested in any of our vegetables or herbs. 

Their personalities are different in funny ways but they are the sweetest pair who love to be cuddled and follow me wherever I go.

Such a blessing they are, and such a blessing is my dear husband who arranged all this as a surprise.

It's true you know, the simple things in life are the ones that matter most.

hugs


20 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gift. I hope they bring many hours of happiness (and eggs).

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  2. So fun...and I love the names you chose for them! They are such cute little things and I know they are bringing you much delight. Your backyard looks beautiful as well...I love all the plants and green they offer. Enjoy your new little ones ♥ Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!

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  3. Lovely girls. It always surprises me that hens love a cuddle. My DH helped our friends with their large flock of free range hens. He told me the hens loved a cuddle and would sing to him. Enjoy your girls and the delicious eggs.

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  4. I have chooks (chickens here in Alabama, USA :)) and they make me so happy. What a wonderful present!

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  5. I have never seen a coop like that. Very clever! Looks weather proof. I used a little tykes playhouse from a yard sale find for the front of my chicken run.

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  6. Is a chook a chicken variety, or simply an Australian word for chicken? They're lovely!

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  7. Hi Jenny,
    What a year you have had in your new home! Seems like the time just flew by! Lots of recorded moments here on your blog!
    Enjoy the chickens! What a fun way to start off the new season too!
    hugs,
    Joanne

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  8. Such a year - and capping it off with new hens, how absolutely splendid!!!! They are so gorgeous!

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  9. How lovely Jenny and what a super gift. Enjoy those beautiful eggs. xx

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  10. How cool to have chickens! What a nice surprise for you. Hope you have many fresh eggs! It does not seem like a year since you moved in there. But it is a really good place to live. So enjoyable to have a pool, and grow vegetables. Outside of that monsoon rain you had, it has been a nice experience for you. A good home to live in. So happy for you. It is an Eden in the sense that you have so much contentment there. Enjoy.

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  11. I'm so excited to see you got your chickens! And eggs immediately. I guess the move didn't bother them one little bit! How wonderful for you to have them. What a dear Mr. E. is, and Blossom, too!

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  12. How lovely, hens are Such gorgeous creatures, scratching away, eating bugs, and leaving eggs for you. Will will get such pleasure watching them as they go about their chook business each day.

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  13. What a beautiful gift and addition to your home & gardens. Definitely a gift that keeps on giving. Oh how I wish I could have chickens here but against the town ordinances where I live at. I planted some seeds today in seed starter pots. They will go in my garden if they germinate. Praying I haven;t waited too late to start them as Fall time is here. I also planted some more mint and chives as well.I need to produce about 2 to 3 times more chives that what I am currently getting. And my mint has up and died on me ..And I have no clue why..So I repotted it just in case it returns to life and planted more seeds . just in case it doesn't.

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  14. Love your chooks!! They will definitely earn their keep eating bugs. I've seen a video of a goose that actually pulled weeds in the garden at her home. Love their home that will keep them safe at night. What is the big drum you have in the picture? Happy first anniversary in your forever home in Australia!

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  15. Such a thoughtful and fun present. I do like their names! x

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  16. How wonderful Jenny. I look forward to hearing more about them.

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  17. Que maravilla de gallinas Jenny, a mi me encantan, tengo 5 y son tan carñosas, yo las tengo sueltas en el jardín, pero se comen las flores y el huerto!!! Pero son mis pequeñas chicas.
    Las vas ha disfrutar mucho.
    Besitos.

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  18. Que maravilla de gallinas Jenny, a mi me encantan, tengo 5 y son tan carñosas, yo las tengo sueltas en el jardín, pero se comen las flores y el huerto!!! Pero son mis pequeñas chicas.
    Las vas ha disfrutar mucho.
    Besitos.

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  19. Que maravilla de gallinas Jenny, a mi me encantan, tengo 5 y son tan carñosas, yo las tengo sueltas en el jardín, pero se comen las flores y el huerto!!! Pero son mis pequeñas chicas.
    Las vas ha disfrutar mucho.
    Besitos.

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