Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Sitting Pretty


There is absolutely no point in me being precious about the garden. Generally speaking, I do my bit and it takes its chance. Any aspirations  I may have for a glamorous garden are dashed before they have germinated. If it is not Spud  the dog stealing the bedding plants, it is the chickens reeking destruction.

Sitting pretty-2

Excuse my whilst I go and replant my new herbs plants and re-sow my planters; which I shall then have to cover with some chicken wire*, if I am to stand a chance of growing some poppies this year. I like poppies.

*Chicken wire, the clue is in the name,  I’m not the first to face this problem am I?


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Sitting Pretty

  1. I sympathise, I have to use chicken wire in my planter to stop foxes digging in it! xx

  2. Perhaps the chicken thought it was an eggplant (aubergine) 😉

    Cute photo, though!

  3. Fun photograph and she looks so comfortable there, clearly she’s not moving in a hurry!!

  4. o, mrs uhdd that chicken definately looks like it has a certain glint in its eye! 🙂

  5. Sorry that the chickens are hurting your attempt at a garden, but you have to admit they make for great photo subjects while in the process.

  6. I suppose you could always import some foxes from Flighty’s plot. That would also give Spud something to occupy his mind in place of the bedding plants. But I suppose you’d miss the eggs.

  7. This just made me smile. Love these little chickens!!!

  8. I have the same things happen to me each year….but not the chickens in the pot! I always have a vision in my mind as I plan a garden in the spring. Unfortuately, whether by neglect, dog, deer, moles, or other natural disaster (one year it was hail), my garden never does very well. I planted several beautiful plants a few weeks ago. Then my husband sprayed some 2-4D to clear off the creeping charlie that has taken over the yard. There must have been some overspray, because the flowers are browning up and some are dead already. So much for that vision. By the way, the creeping charlie seems to be doing quite well, thank you.

  9. your chickens are very lucky

  10. Yep, I knew I was right not to get hens. We also don’t have footballs round here. So my garden does pretty well.

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