Monday 14 April 2014

First Bath Of 2014

Not me!  I take baths all year round.  Spring is here and the chickens get to take a dirt bath.

I let them out of the run while I was working on yard clean up and they made a beeline for the rose garden. They set right to, digging holes and using their wings to shoot the dirt up under all their feathers.  It's the chicken equivalent of a bubble bath.  Should I have brought them each a glass of wine and a good book?

Of course the bath has made them sleepy and they settle in for a nap in the sun. ~

Utah has found his napping spot on a pile of leaves right beside the wood pile.  Any mice that have overwintered there better take care because this old guy never misses his prey! ~

I do expect them to help me clean up all the fallen limbs this hard winter has left, so I roust them out and set them to work. ~

I guess I forgot these girls were in retirement.  Only one lays eggs.  At least they take care of any bug or grub problem in the grass.  Yum.

Kay did show an enormous amount of interest in my window cleaning.  I wonder if I could set her to doing housework.  She is named after an auntie that would have put Martha Stewart to shame with her housekeeping.  Hmmm.

It's been absolute heaven to be out in the yard and feel the sun on my face once again!  A bit of rummaging in the leaves and I find the first garden surprise.  Chives! ~

And, a little more rummaging and I find the sweetest and earliest of spring blooms.  This little clump of snowdrops never lets me down. ~

Yesterday, everything that resides here at Kellswater lived up to Margaret Atwood's admonition.

             "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
We did and you'll be happy to know we took our baths! 


  1. You are so right I think everyone is so glad to feel the sun on their face again! Love the hens too!

  2. You really do have fun with your animals. What a cute post!

  3. Can't say I've ever had a chicken do my house-work. Who knows! Love the snowdrops. Hugs, Deb

  4. I love your sweet babies and how nice to see them all freshened up for Spring. xo Diana.

  5. Oh I wish I was chez toi!!! Looks absolutely lovely. I cannot wait. And those snow drops are inspirational. I know, I sound over the top, don't I but I am feeling it...really I am Maureen. If I could scratch in the dirt with the girls I would happily do so.... :)

  6. How fun. The chickens really enjoy being out of the coop and so do you. I'm looking forward to getting out and doing yard work, minus the chickens. Have a great week Maureen!

  7. Oh you're chickens are just adorable taking their sunny baths. They'd be bathing in snow here this morning. We woke up to 4" of the white stuff this morning. lol. Love those pretty snowdrops.

  8. that is too funny that chickens like the dirt...who knew? we had 2 inches of snow in Chicago yesterday, so we are soaking up your chives and snowdrops.

  9. Maureen ... so happy you are having nice days and you and your chickens can get out and soak up some sun. Love that you are seeing some spring flowers instead of snow.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. You must all be loving the sun after the icy cold winter. What would be the chicken equivalent of wine and a good book, that's so funny.

    I love a good micer, we have been adopted by a big furry grey cat and he catches mice and leaves them at the back door. Gross but I am not unhappy to have someone catching the mice. The cat has a bell and a collar but he seems to always be at our place. I don't feed him so he needs to go home but I am loving that boy.

    Enjoy the garden :)

  11. CHICKENS!!! I love the wine and book idea. :)


  12. It must be so great to spend time outside again, and at least the dirt isn't so muddy now. My dog would be so fascinated watching your chickens bathe, he loves to smell of dirt too.
    Happy Easter Maureen x

  13. Each of your gals is blessed to have her own personality, some named after beloved family members, others for their inherent character traits, all of them receiving their spring 'baptismal' bath, rejuvenating them for the upcoming season's adventures and antics!

    Your chives and snowdrops look like they've already had the advantage of a few spring showers, themselves!

    Have a wonderful week, Maureen!


  14. Haha! I love the chickens! I didn't know they take dirt baths. They are really very interesting! and i agree, in spring, at the end of the day... you should smell like dirt!


  15. Looks like a prefect spring day for all!

  16. That Kay has captured my heart! Love your girls!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

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