Earlier this week a completely different order arrived in the post for me, a book that looks to me like a godsend - the answer to all my pattern prayers. I have to wait until christmas to find out though!
As cold as it is outside, one of our chickens Trudie, is still persistently laying eggs and sitting on them. She had 8 yesterday but we've had to take her off them. Chances are even if she managed to hatch chicks out, they wouldn't survive in this bitter weather. Also after the debacle of selling our cockerels at market we have vowed not to breed any chickens again.