Tuesday, 22 May 2007

the quality of mercy

Dear B

You know that I love you very much, and one of the things I like most about our relationship is that we talk about things before we make important decisions. Like spending money, starting projects, that kind of thing.

Sometimes, I know I do rush ahead with excitement and do things that perhaps we haven't discussed as fully as we might have done. The rayburn, for example. And the conservatory. I completely accept that those were things that I leapt at without discussing them properly with you and that I was in the wrong about buying them. Despite them being fantastic eBay bargains and all the other things I said to justify my poor decision making.

This time, however, I hope that I have made a sensible decision rather than an over-eager one.

I really think that we NEED a proper broody coop. And we definitely don't have time to make one ourselves at the moment.

Poor Black Beak is finding it really hot in the greenhouse with her eight chicks. And the babies keep getting lodged behind the planks of the raised beds, which is very distressing for everyone involved; particularly me, as I am finding burrowing through two verdant rows of three feet high tomato plants to retrieve them from ground-level a bit hard on the bump.

Although I have made a very nice lean-to pen against the greenhouse for them to take the air in, I have to collect all the chicks and Black Beak up and herd them in and out; and as the chicks are getting bigger and running about as if they are on little clockwork wheels this is becoming more and more difficult (see earlier 'hard on bump' statement).

In retrospect, I realise that it was possibly foolish to set a broody on eggs at this time - but it is so nice to have our own meat in the freezer, and I have timed it so that they won't be ready for despatching until well after the baby is born.

So if one takes in to account the actual savings we will be making by producing our own meat, and offsets that against the cost of the pen for them, we are still, actually, making a profit. And the set up is a very well-made one that will last us for years to come.

I have arranged for the man who is going to deliver it tomorrow to help me carry it up the steps to the garden, and I'll be able to put it together myself as it's apparently in very easy-to-assemble flat-pack form. So by the time you get home on Friday it will all be completely organised and we can spend the weekend relaxing rather than constructing poultry accommodation.

I really hope that you think I've made the right decision.

Your loving wife,

Ally xxx

7 comments:

  1. I think you made the right choice, you've got to put chicken-comfort first, and that was a good and kind decision, to make your chickens happy.

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  2. I think you made the right choice, you've got to put chicken-comfort first, and that was a good and kind decision, to make your chickens happy.

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  3. You've convinced me, Ally - the greenhouse is no place for chicks or their mother at this time of the year.

    I think B will applaud your decision.

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  4. You've convinced me, Ally - the greenhouse is no place for chicks or their mother at this time of the year.

    I think B will applaud your decision.

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  5. "very easy-to-assemble flat-pack form" - oh yeah? Who told you that?

    Good luck with it. Have I mentioned how much I loathe assembling flat-pack stuff?

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  6. "very easy-to-assemble flat-pack form" - oh yeah? Who told you that?

    Good luck with it. Have I mentioned how much I loathe assembling flat-pack stuff?

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  7. Why was the rayburn a bad idea?

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