July 21, 2011

I'm erratic it seems

Sorry for the lapse.  It seems that I'm an erratic blogger.  No real dramas, have just been really busy with this and that.  Combined with the loss of our father/FIL/Pop -  I just haven't had any really blog-worthy news.

Thanks to you all for your lovely comments on the previous post.  It's always a difficult time, no matter how old you are or how old the loved one is.  We farewelled him at a lovely service last Friday.  After the service, it was one of those occasions  when it was lovely to catch up with family not seen in some time. 

However, I can talk Bantams.  Remember these little guys so cute and fluffy back in May?
Now they look more like this and yes, there are only 3 of them from the original 6.  That's just the way it goes sometimes.  I won't bore you with the details of how the other 3 met their demise (on 3 separate occasions)  but these ones seem like stayers.
Luckily,  one of each breed remains.  The black/brown hen is a Pekin, the black and white speckled one (a rooster)  is a Silky which should turn out to be a colour called Lavender apparently .  We haven't had one of these before, so I'll wait and see.
The other should be a bantam Light Sussex, but she is looking suspiciously large, so I'm wonder if a standard one was mixed in there somewhere along the line.  Time will tell.
I'm actually pleased to have a new Silky rooster.  He will eventually breed with his surrogate mum!  Hmmmm.   I can't breed with our other bantam rooster as he is Little Banty's sibling.   Hmmm again.  This is all starting to sound a bit off.  However, eventually I hope to have a new little bantam flock.
They look so cute at night, still tucked in under Mums wings.

The days have been just glorious lately.  So enjoying the winter out in the garden.  I've been re-vamping my rose garden.  Should have taken some 'before' photos, but I didn't.  I'll post some 'after' photos though when it is looking more settled.  Am I the only one who goes crazy buying roses at the nursery  this time of year?

Cheers for now - Wendy


librarygirl said...

sorry to read about your FIL Wendy. Sad times.

**Anne** said...

Oh those gorgeous little bantums. They are SOOO cute I just want to cuddle them.
Take care,
Anne xx

delia hornbook said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Those little bantums are so sweet must be a great feeling watching them develope and grow. take care, dee x

Ali said...

Oh Wendy I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you and yours are going okay...

I love bantams - they have so much character! I too started off with six, I am now down to two... Luckily I have better luck with children!

the little black cow blog said...

Love your bantams, especially photo of babies snuggling in with mum. Our bantams have just started laying and I have never seen such yellow yolks.


Tasmanian Vegan and Minimalist said...

Oh chickens are the best people. We only have two, but I love and treasure Ramanda and Kylie beyond anything. They are my ladies and I love 'em...

Little Blue Mouse said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog.
Looking at your photos I can see that my new hen looks to be a Pekin and not a very small Black Rock as I thought!

saving for travel said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs x

Those chickens look full of character!

Sft x