Happy Birthday Gertrude Jekyll

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:
El Loro posted:

One of Google's more attractive doodles. Gertude Jekyll was a British garden designer. She was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson who used her family name for his famous character.

Quite often referred to in discussions between Baz, Yogi and myself. 

Especially in the gardening thread.

It seems that it was one of Gertrude's brothers Walter who Stevenson named his character after.

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:
El Loro posted:

One of Google's more attractive doodles. Gertude Jekyll was a British garden designer. She was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson who used her family name for his famous character.

Quite often referred to in discussions between Baz, Yogi and myself. 

Especially in the gardening thread.

 Yes indeed 

Saint posted:

My aunt had a ceramic egg holder in the shape of a chicken

They called it Gertrude

 

 

I’ve got one of those but it’s more colourful

That was one of my favorite Google Doodles of all time.

Also, you people are making me jealous with your chicken crockery. (Have I mentioned that I got a couple of (real) chickens this last summer? Now I'm all about chicken stuff....

Lori posted:

That was one of my favorite Google Doodles of all time.

Also, you people are making me jealous with your chicken crockery. (Have I mentioned that I got a couple of (real) chickens this last summer? Now I'm all about chicken stuff....

 Do the chickens have names?

Yogi19 posted:
Lori posted:

That was one of my favorite Google Doodles of all time.

Also, you people are making me jealous with your chicken crockery. (Have I mentioned that I got a couple of (real) chickens this last summer? Now I'm all about chicken stuff....

 Do the chickens have names?

Do they go cock-a-doodle-doo or cock-a-google-goo

El Loro posted:
Yogi19 posted:
Lori posted:

That was one of my favorite Google Doodles of all time.

Also, you people are making me jealous with your chicken crockery. (Have I mentioned that I got a couple of (real) chickens this last summer? Now I'm all about chicken stuff....

 Do the chickens have names?

Do they go cock-a-doodle-doo or cock-a-google-goo

El Loro posted:
Yogi19 posted:
Lori posted:

That was one of my favorite Google Doodles of all time.

Also, you people are making me jealous with your chicken crockery. (Have I mentioned that I got a couple of (real) chickens this last summer? Now I'm all about chicken stuff....

 Do the chickens have names?

Do they go cock-a-doodle-doo or cock-a-google-goo

Heh. You guys are so funny. I have two hens, named Biscuit and Poppy, and they don't make any cock-a-doodle-doo noises. They make cute little clucking noises, and they like to eat treats out of my hand. I should find a photo for you.

Lori posted:

Heh. You guys are so funny. I have two hens, named Biscuit and Poppy, and they don't make any cock-a-doodle-doo noises. They make cute little clucking noises, and they like to eat treats out of my hand. I should find a photo for you.

Awww 

Lori posted:

Heh. You guys are so funny. I have two hens, named Biscuit and Poppy, and they don't make any cock-a-doodle-doo noises. They make cute little clucking noises, and they like to eat treats out of my hand. I should find a photo for you.

Aww, Biscuit and Poor sound cute. I hope you can find a pic 

 

As a child, Mr Y had a chicken called Henrietta and a duck called Nelson.

Saint posted:

Have you ever tried duck eggs

Gorgeous - if a little expensive (but i'm worth it)

You'll be reluctant to go back to hen's eggs

OH, yes. I was getting one from Anna almost every day, although that's dropped off. They are delicious! 

Lori posted:
Saint posted:

Have you ever tried duck eggs

Gorgeous - if a little expensive (but i'm worth it)

You'll be reluctant to go back to hen's eggs

OH, yes. I was getting one from Anna almost every day, although that's dropped off. They are delicious! 

Oooh why would it be regular then not?

Didn't realise no boys hen was needed for regular egg laying til recently 

You're surely not alone, there.

Not sure what's up with her. Their pen has a cement floor, and sometimes she just dumps the egg right on the floor, breaking it.  For some reason she no longer wants to lay an egg in her nesting box...every once in a while I get lucky, and get one that's not broken. The other day I had one break in my pocket. 

I think I might not get chicken eggs until spring: in winter, if you want eggs, you have to put a light in their coop for 16 hours a day, or something like that, but that's not ideal for them, apparently. So, I'll wait patiently. 

Yep, she has access to oyster shell, which is the calcium supplement.

I have straw and shavings in the pen, but it's a very large pen, and it would be hard to cover the entire thing (and require LOTS of much harder cleaning that it's getting...)

Also, they are only in the pen at night. Like the chickens, they are "free range", and the ducks like to swim in the pond (she's actually laid a couple of eggs in the pond before  

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