Monday, February 27, 2012

late february morning

I make this trip every day, out the door, across the porch, and down the snowy path to the chicken coop.
Jupiter comes when he hears the door open, hoping for some more food or a scratch and a pet.
 In the cold air, I find these gifts from our hens, still warm, clean and beautiful.
 I give them gifts of scraps in exchange for their eggs, and they pick every last cantaloupe seed from the bowl.
King Henry inspects the bowl first, then urges the ladies up for a taste.

I can't imagine anything in an art gallery pleasing my eyes more than the stripes on that bowl, the bars on those hens, and that sunlight playing on the textures of old wood.

Yes, honey...I'll do the chores today, and gladly.

11 comments:

  1. That is one fine cat. And chickens. I want chickens!!

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  2. I can't wait to get my own chickens@!@!@@

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  3. You live at a fairy tale house! If we ever make it to Canada can I come visit?

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  4. i'd love to help with the chores! one day i hope to have chickens.

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  5. Such a wonderful way to start the day! We are thinking about chickens, but I just finished reading the Chicken Whispers Guide to Keeping Chickes and it has me a little freaked out. I am slowly getting over it and hopefully the little chicks will be running aroudn the yard this summer...

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  6. That is indeed far superior to anything in an art gallery (and I love art galleries). I mean, just look at how the bowl picks up the red of the chooks' combs and wattles. And yes, the contrast of the stripes and bars...and the romantic wood. So very lovely. Makes me wanna get a pretty bowl for our chicken's table scraps!

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  7. That bowl is SO much nicer than a plastic bucket! ;) Gorgeous photos, feels like I'm there.

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  8. You are right.it's the silence before you open the door then they all chat when you give them their treat.great photos again

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  9. It may be just that I feel I am suffering from too much noise in my world, but what I seem to focus in on with these lovely pictures is the silence (or relative silence) that must accompany this rural chore.
    It makes me take a deep breath. Thank you.

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  10. I hope you know that you are living our dream life right now. :) We've been saving up for a few years in the hopes of achieving it very soon! You are soooooooooo lucky.

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  11. Happy choring! I love how you manage to do this while being in the moment. I hope I remember to do that again some day. Right now our barn has only 3 hens left after a terrible series of predator attacks in the fall. I am enjoying the 'break', though come spring I will surely be itching to get more birds!

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