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

Snail to Share


After a rain shower the other afternoon the sharp eyed chickens

the chicken and the snail 3-1

found  a snail,

the chicken and the snail 5-1

It was difficult to winkle out of the shell.

the chicken and the snail-1

It was a team effort,

the chicken and the snail 4-1

As a last resort they smashed  it to a pulp

the chicken and the snail 1-1 

one snail between three chickens might not be a feast, but it looked like it was a delicacy to be savoured; shell and all.


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.

5 thoughts on “Snail to Share

  1. I am wanting a chicken or two for my yard, because I’m overwhelmed with snails & slugs. And of course, I could use the eggs. But there’s a city ordinance about it — & my yard is too small to have them, according to the rules. I’m going to petition for a dispensation. After all, one or two chickens never hurt anybody!

  2. i was once on the phone to someone important to do with work and one of my chickens ran past the window with a frog in its mouth! it was hard to carry on talking about injunctions…

  3. I can see a book in it. “Keeping livestock at the home office.”

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