Poultry

Our chickens

About 10 days ago we bought 6 hens, 3 red and 3 black, and put them in the old pig sty at the side of our buildings. There is a small yard outside which we have fenced so they have plenty of space but our intention is, when they have settled, to let them loose in the olive groves during the day. As this is an agricultural area acquiring chickens is quite easy. A local pet/bird food shop in Huétor Tájar informed us that he always has chickens for sale on Tuesday evenings. They are young hens not used to so much space and spent the first few days huddled in corners. They cost €5 each.

That Cockerel

Last week, when we were in Loja for Dia de la Cruz, we took the granddaughters to look at the animals and birds in an agricultural merchants where, in the poultry section, there was an enormous, black, very handsome cockerel which made us jump out of our skins when he let out the loudest cock-a- doodle-doo anyone had ever heard. Some time later, after a few drinks, Digby suddenly announced that he was going to buy “that cockerel” and promptly did (€14). He has certainly sorted out the neurotic hens and has shown them how to roost. We hope that they will start laying soon.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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