Hergest Helly

Stories about my art and craft and home…


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Grapes and hops…

Well – I can hardly believe this…

Look - the grapes are turning purple...

Look – the grapes are turning purple…

… the grapes have started to ripen and are looking glorious.  Please can we have some more sunshine???

Here you can see the hops growing in amongst the vine and they are flowering too…

Grapes and hops.... you can just see the purple grapes...

Grapes and hops…. you can just see the purple grapes…

… the vine is now partly inside our bathroom window clinging onto the window catch – I daren’t move it or cut it – the whole vine might fall down!  Mind you, I guess the whole window could be pulled out too…. what a choice :-)

Happy happy days….


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Our four girlies…

Here they are…

My four girlies...

Our four girlies…

Ruby, at the front, is a Black Rock and she lays huge brown eggs almost every day.

Lily, in the middle, is a Cream Legbar and lays beautiful blue eggs.

Phoebe, the black and white one at the back, is an Exchequer Leghorn and lays perfect white eggs.

And Nellie – a Gold Laced Wyandott – lays pretty pale brown eggs (when she isn’t being broody!)

They have a nice run…

chicken run

The chicken run…

… all the way round the pond – and a great view up the ridge.  There are more trees on the right where they have lots of shade and places for dust bathing.  There are usually sheep in the field just beyond the run and its funny to watch the lambs being curious…

We used to let them free-range all over the garden and I loved having them all around me, but this year I am starting to grow more flowers and veggies and I know just how destructive the darlings can be and so we created a run.   They seem very happy and love the stuff growing in and around the pond.  And they don’t miss out – I share out the raspberries and pull up the dandelions for them…

Happy days…


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The tiniest egg…

I have 4 chickens and I am looking after another 3 for my friend Jess while she searches for a new home.

Lady Truscott, one of Jess’s chickens, has just laid the most beautiful little egg – so perfect:

Pretty eggs...

Pretty eggs…

Lady Truscott’s egg from the day before is the one at the top – her eggs are usually fairly small, but never this tiny!

These eggs were laid by, from the top and going clockwise, Lady Truscott, Lily, Ruby and Hinge (or maybe Bracket – I can never be sure with those 2).

So small...

So small…

I’ll post some stories and photos of my happy hens soon…

Happy days….


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Tiny seedlings…

OK – you have to get your magnifying glass out for this… but look – 2 of my “Speedy Beans” have germinated already – after just 5 days:

Speedy Beans - day 5

Speedy Beans – day 5

Can you spot them?

AND – much easier to see – these are my winter lettuces after 4 days:

Lettuces...

Lettuces…

This is all a bit thrilling for me… a promise of great things to come :-)

And – for a nice bit of colour…. here is a picture of one of my favourite flowers growing really nicely in my greenhouse…. the scent just knocks my socks off…

My favourite Gardinia...

My favourite Gardinia…

… can’t you smell it from there???

Happy days…


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On a stormy afternoon…

… what else to do but decorate my new greenhouse with bunting and plant my winter cabbages…

Bunting flying...

Bunting flying…

It hadn’t really occurred to me that playing in the greenhouse was a perfect way to spend time when its raining!

I have some lettuce seeds to plant and I am going to start some pots of bulbs in the greenhouse for bringing indoors later in the winter.  I am going to plant some dwarf beans called “Speedy” which I think should be cropping in the autumn… I have high hopes!

Happy days…

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