Monday, 10 June 2013

Giveaway

 I have had three new chickens and would like help in naming them. As I got them in June I would like their names to start with a J and then for them to be a flower !!!!





As we have chickens already they spent the last week with a divider in the run, we have one boss chicken who can be quite aggressive. The Light Sussex soon made herself the boss of the new trio and I thought she would put up a fight when they were all put in together.Yesterday was D-day and I armed myself with a water sprayer, there was a little bickering as they do have a pecking order. But by the afternoon they were that well behaved I let them all come out and have a run round the grass. I just tempt them back in with some tit bits and use a plastic lawn rake which for some reason they really don't seem to like. Anyway the lovely prize is


This is a lovely book about Claude Monet and how the gardens of Giverny inspired his paintings. A lot of people visit Giverny and this gives a lovely insight into the man who painted so brilliantly.

I am sure I am like everyone else at the moment and trying to get the mountain of things out of the greenhouses and hard standings into the garden. As gardeners we are never happy as some days have been just too hot to plant. But at last we are eating from the garden. In my diary from 2011 it says we were eating our first potatoes and courgettes- laughable, this year we are eating


Various salad leaves, spring onions, mange-tout, chives and radish. This radish is viola which was a Gardening Which trial many years ago. I just make sure I let some go to flower each year, hang it upside down to dry and collect the seed.


 Rhubarb and Raspberry Jam, Which is disappearing very quickly, I only made it last week and one of the big jars has gone already. I only made a small batch to check everyone liked it !!!! I usually make Rhubarb and Ginger and thought I would try something different for a change. I used the last of the raspberries out of the freezer which was not enough to make a batch of raspberry jam on its own.It is a lovely colour and has a really nice tang to its as we don't like really sweet jams it is going down a treat.

I realise I have asked for three names for my chickens and have only put one book, the other two prizes are home made jam so just let me know what you would like.(sorry UK only) I will put all the names in a hat and pull them out on 21st June the longest day of the year.

14 comments:

  1. Pleased to hear that the chickens are getting on with each other, it must be a bit of a worry when you first introduce them to each other. My name suggestions are Jasmine, Juniper and Justicia. The book about Monet looks really interesting. Leeds City Council created a garden at Chelsea based on the gardens at Giverny and it's now on display at Roundhay Park in the city. I'd be thrilled with the book if I were to win. How nice that you're harvesting a selection of things at the moment, you're doing better than I am.

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    1. There is the odd in house squabble but all in all they are pretty good.Very good names Jo,shame I don't live near Leeds I bet it would be worth a look.I don't tend to go to Chelsea always too crowded for the likes of me I prefer Hampton Court

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  2. Jacobinia..that flower just pop up :) What about Japonica?

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  3. As I was reading Juniper and Jasmin came to mind but I see Jo has already beaten me to it!!

    My offerings are obviously spelt with a G but do have the phonetic j sound:
    Jeranium, Jentiana and Jerbera.

    Your jam looks lovely and sounds very appealing. I'm not a fan of Rhubarb but add to that raspberries I could probably enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Angie,I could always teach the girls the phonetic alphabet

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  4. Juncus, is a reed but even they have flowers. Too far away for your book! And a really pretty hen, could be Jonquil. There's a wild Jasmine in my garden.

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    1. Thanks for the comments,J is bringing some different ideas from people

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  5. that's a first. You have a dead blog on your sidebar, EIGHT years old. I didn't realise there were, blogs then.

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  6. Thanks Diana,I have now spent a lovely evening re-addressing my blog list and have not only removed some but added some.

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  7. Oh the jury is out here on names. Will have to put my thinking cap on and return as the names that come straight to my mind have already been suggested :) Your new chucks look like a happy and contented bunch. Was intrigued by your raspberry jam activities thinking that you must have a super early sort until I saw that they were frozen. It will still taste just as good though. I did not see the blog in your sidebar that Diana refered to but I started blogging in 2005.

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  8. Wait to see what the thinking cap comes up with, I do tend to freeze some raspberries as if I make jam all in one go that is the one that is favourite in this house. Just so we can have some in the winter months as well I make a second batch

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  9. I'm a bit late with this but thought of Jacaranda - Jackie for short. The Jonquil Jonnie for short!

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    1. Just thought if a third Jessamine - Jessie for short.

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