Where are are all the swallows going?

  Since they arrived in the late spring the air around our house has been full of swallows swooping around desperate to catch enough bugs and flying insects to feed themselves and their young. The adult swallows have to feed their youngsters up to 400 times a day! Their nests have been in the barn for many years, well a long time before mum and dad moved here!  It’s amazing to me that they can find their way back here each spring after migrating the autumn before to spend their winter in the warmer weather of Africa, south of the …

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Fascinating Facts about Chickens

  As readers of our blog will know, we have some lovely chickens at Fantasy Farm, and they lay delicious eggs, so I thought it would be nice to share with you some fun facts about them. Did you know?  Healthy Chickens lay about 265 eggs a year, AND they lay the eggs whether or not there is a cockerel (male) in the run with them. The colour of the eggs is not the same as the colour of the hen, although some brown hens lay brown eggs, black hens like our Jessica and Rebecca, who are a breed called Marans, …

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The trouble with Duckweed…

Hi everyone, So what is the trouble with duckweed? The trouble is that it looks like grass!!!! Those of you who have read Toby’s Tails – Still Wagging, will remember that when I was only 6 months old I ran straight into a pond covered with Duckweed because I thought it was grass, and last Sunday, 8 years later, I did the same thing again. There I am, happily bumbling down the tow path enjoying the sunshine at La Suze Sur Sarthe. Then would you believe it, seconds after this photo was taken I turned around and trotted back a …

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