Say hello to my little friend…!

So today my friend came to The Goose Roost to help out and get her little patch of land ready for her wedding flowers.

Meet Rachel!

We had to check the chicken run before doing anything else, as unfortunately two doors down lost 4 overnight to MrFox and had to dispatch another thanks to a bitten leg and foot. Luckily ours are safe, but i will pop back when MrT gets back tonight (11pm ish) and take the dogs up to wee everywhere…hopefully that’ll keep them at bay!

He has got babies living on the wasteland (the fox not MrT!) so i dont blame him for being hungry, but i do wish they would only take what they eat, not kill several!

But anyway…back to our wedding workout. The area was pretty clear. It wasn’t all that great to look at at first though!

Her little area!

Rach is having a beautiful cobalt blue and sunflower wedding, so we want to make sure that the flower heads are ready for the end of July!

What she doesn’t use of this plot will be grassed over to create a lovely seating area for the summer, and to also keep the weeds down for another year until we cultivate it.

Half way through

We arrived at about 3pm to gloom and grey clouds, but luckily the weather stayed dry for us.

We managed to get it all dug over in about 2.5 hours and ready to rake and sow grass seeds later in the week.


Shes a good grafter and we had a good natter while we did it! Even managed time to have a luke-warm cup of hot chocolate. I must remember to take mugs next time….

Sowing sunflowers

Next stop was to pull up the few weeds in the greenhouse and sow the seeds. While she did her sunflowers (several varieties and all gorgeous!) I sowed some marigold seeds. Its way too cold this year to sow them direct, plus it means that we will know what is a plant and what is a weed. Thats always a bonus.

Very technical

I heard that marigolds are good to distract nasty bugs from eating you veg, so hopefully they will be around every bed this season. I had awful problems with ‘friends’ last year.

Look at those strawberries though…

It was Rach’s first time planting anything really, so a good opportunity to sound like i know what I’m talking about. In actual fact i just pulled up weeds and filled up a watering can, but we wont tell her that will we?

All in!

How beautiful is this looking!

I can’t wait to see things staring to sprout. We saved some seeds to sow more in a week or two so hopefully at least something will have flowers on for The Big Day.

Ready to be raked

Productive afternoon to say the least!

Makes me want to paint over that red though…..

The Pigeon Tweetment

We had a visitor today!

The Pigeon Man across the lane from us had a race from France today, and unfortunately one was late returning and got locked out! Poor little guy! He tried his best…


Sleepy Pigeon!

He was absolutely shattered so we gave him some water and gave his dad a call.

I love to watch them go out on a nice sunny day. The ‘wooshing’ noise they make as they fly over your head is wonderful and I am amazed when they all go home at the blow of a whistle. How do they know where to go when I can’t drive anywhere without a SatNav?

In the meantime, we managed to herd him into the new chicken ‘executive suite’ shed (before we built the run!)


Having a rest

Soon enough, his dad arrived and picked him up and next thing he knew he was back home in the warm and dry to sleep of his big fly from France.

Well done birdie!

A Little Pigeon Poem

Why live with pigeons? There’s danger you know,
Can’t adopt just one, the craving will grow.
There’s no doubt they’re addictive, wherein lies the danger,
While living with lots, you’ll grow poorer (and stranger?).

One pigeon is so funny, and two are no trouble,
The more, the merrier, they’re all so delightful.
The third is a honey, the fourth one’s a breeze,
You can live in a house full, with the greatest of ease.

So how ’bout another — or two if you must?
They’re really quite easy, but oh Lord, the dust.
With pigeons on furniture, and pigeons in bed,
And their toys and things, “It’s no bother,” you’ve said.

So, invite some more pigeons, you can always find room,
And a little more time, for the dust cloth and broom.
There’s hardly a limit, to the pigeons you add,
The thought of a cutback, sure makes you sad.

Each one is so special, so unique and so funny,
Food and care bills grow larger, you spend much more money.
Your folks never visit, few friends come to stay,
Except other bird folks, who live the same way.

Is it worth it you wonder? Are you caught in a trap?
Then your pigeon pals fly over, and into your lap.
Their coos say your special, and you know that you will,
Keep your feathered friends, in spite of the bill.