It was hot and sunny again and I went down to the greenhouse to spray some water around – plants usually don’t mind being hot as long as they aren’t too dry – and a cock and a chicken were ambling around the kitchen garden, which isn’t unusual as Rose’s lot are let out in the day: but I did a double-take. It wasn’t any of her chickens, it was my Seramas; Crow the cock and Yvette the little female. They were perfectly happy and composed, so I shot over to the chicken greenhouse and could see hens through the netting … and I could also see Rose’s cockerel, Jenga in there.
None of us has any idea how this happened. All my other chickens were in their greenhouse and Rose’s girls were out in the garden. Even if there had been a gap big enough for Crow and Yvette, but not the others, to get out, that doesn’t explain how Jenga got in. It’s possible, I suppose, and the only explanation I can think of, that I’d not fastened the door properly, my two escaped, Jenga went in and then the breeze blew the door shut again, but that seems pretty unlikely. However *all quote Sherlock Holmes* …
I went to fetch Rose and I must have looked anxious because she was instantly worried. But it was fine. My two had decided they’d like to go home, so Rose went and invited Jenga out into the garden by the door at one end, and I opened the door at the other, and it’s all back to normal. But it made me check the greenhouse thoroughly and then we did a job we’ve meant to do for a while – we’ve got some fairly dense mesh that I think was originally for a poly tunnel frame; but shading rather than polythene, which never got put up. I’ve got sections of the chicken greenhouse covered in this already but I wanted some more. It’s an awkward job, but LT and I managed it between us. And this evening after dark, unless we can’t be bothered, we’ll go out and put the chickens in the coop into the shed.
Otherwise, we’ve mostly lounged around. Because it’s a holiday weekend and we’re in the mood for enjoying the sunshine.