Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and seventeen of that project.
Here’s a little chook (hen) house.
Just about any farm will have a few chickens for fresh eggs and this dairy farm is no exception. Along with a “kitchen garden,” the families on this farm will be pretty well set.
A trip into town for flour, sugar, and coffee and they will want for very little. A sound I always enjoyed when I had a backyard flock was the pleasant clucking of the hens as they “hunt a little, scratch a little, peck a little” about the farmyard.
I liked the way the grains felt through my fingers when I threw scratch grains by the handful from my gathered apron. The sounds were so different from when I would bring a pan of kitchen or garden scraps to them.
I usually had one hen that was more of a pet and would squat down when I came near so I would pick her up, pet her feathers, and coo to her for a bit.
She’d close her eyes and lean into me for a few minutes before I put her down and she went back to being a chicken.