Sunday, June 22, 2014

Badgers and foxes

These glorious summer evenings have been too inviting to spend indoors, so I have ventured out into the wilds of Kent on my bike, and as luck would have it, the badgers and foxes had the same idea.  (...although minus the bike in their case.)  The young fox cubs were having a manic attack, in much the same way as Pippa does from time to time, and the badger is noshing his way through the bountious windfalls in this old cherry orchard. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid... 
Today our new Heritage Skyline, Silkie, laid her first egg.  And it's blue!  The perfect addition to our colour pallet.  My life is complete.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Big girl's bicycle

After managing the mamouth 10k ride last week without gears (and nearly in tears by the end), we thought it was about time this little lady had a proper bike.  Thanks to ebay we picked up this little beauty on Saturday morning, and Jenny has had a lovely weekend of cycling around the garden and along the lanes.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

More Pretty Ladies

Since the sudden demise of Princess Layer last weekend, we are finding that four eggs a day are just not cutting it in the Burgess household, so today I paid a visit to Ben the chicken man to purchase another couple of hens.  James has named the Copper Maran after her unfortunate predesessor (I fear that may be tempting fate, but we'll see) and Jenny has named the Heritage Skyline 'Silkie', after the fairy from the Magic Faraway Tree.  Princess Layer and Silkie are living on their own together until they have fattened up enough to hold their own amongst the big girls. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Tonbridge to Penshurst 10k

This was no mean feat for a six year old with no gears on her bike, but she made the 10k return ride from Barden Lake to Penshurst Place with steely determination.  A lovely family day out in the glorious Kent countryisde, complete with picnic at half time and ice cream treats at the finish line.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Mabulous!

It's been a bumpy ride over the years, what with one accident or another, but we are thrilled to report that Mab has made it to his fortieth birthday.  To help us celebrate, many of our lovely friends came to camp in our garden and share some fun times around a campfire.  An epic weekend to mark this impressive milestone.  Happy Birthday Mabs!

Monday, May 19, 2014

There were two in the bed

Cheeky Pippa has been sneaking her way onto Maisie's bed in the evenings.  The bean bag clearly wins over the folded-up duvet in the comfort stakes.  Maisie has been very gracious about this, but is begining to reclaim her territory from the little bedsnatcher.