It is easy to find chores boring and to resent doing them. Sometimes I start to feel this way and then I remember how lucky I am to have the animals to look after, to walk at dawn through the campsite and smallholding, to look for duck eggs, feed hay to the sheep, and give apples to the pigs all with Kainaat bouncing around. Taking photos for the blog and thinking about the things we do is one more way of taking time to remember all the loveliness in the seemingly mundane.
So here is a quick peak into the various jobs we do in the morning before work. On the days that James is at Tesco by 6am I do the animals, but when he is at home, he does them.
First we fill up the feeders – we leave them empty at night to deter rats
Then we have to fill up the assorted receptacles so the ducks can start their ablutions. The new, highly complex, duck pond system should hopefully be here when I get back home tonight – then we just have to install it, shift dirt, sort out electrics, drop rocks all around it and hope it works etc etc etc.
I always let the Runner ducks out before the Pekins so they get a chance to at least wash their faces before the large, lumbering and frankly quite rude Pekins muscle their way in and dominate the water.
And then I let out the Pekins – we have 5 girls and 1 drake which is sort of good and sort of not. I was hoping for a couple of drakes as then I could eat one – they look fat and tasty don’t they ? They waddle straight for the water
The little brown hen won’t live with the other hens on the smallholding and the Ixworths don’t let her sleep with them. Where she goes nobody knows, but we do know she lays fresh eggs for our neighbour Shirley in her garden and then comes back for breakfast at ours!