Who Stole Santa?

santa gate properOh no, oh woe, some thieving git

Has done a runner with St Nick!

For seven Noëls Santa’s survived,

Tied to the gate at the end of our drive,

Stoically, he’s clung on there

Fixing passers-by with his manic stare.

But someone’s done some St Nick nicking –

A strange Christmas spirit’s alive and kicking.

Freaky though he was, China’s best,

Our Santa with green mitts and specs,

And head that turned 360 degrees,

A kind of Christmassy Chucky –

We’ll miss him hanging on our gate

In snow and wind, early and late.

It’s not Noël without him there

Our poor old gate looks really bare.

So, before I become a total ranter,

I’m off to buy a replacement Santa.

This time we’ll wire him into position

And stuff him full of ammunition!

Where Are The Turkeys?

I’m not talking about my turkeys being missing, thank goodness. The five of them are pottering around happily, blissfully unaware that Christmas is just around the corner! Actually, two will be reprieved because we’ve decided to keep a pair of blacks to breed in the hope of turkeylings in the spring.

I’m referring to what we call Chicken Fest in this house i.e. the aviculture expo that’s been taking place in Boussac this weekend. I told you about the pigeon show last weekend. Well, this week it was the whole caboodle on display – not only pigeons, but doves, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits and guinea-pigs, and even a couple of Lady Amherst pheasants.

avic amherst

And ostrich food!

avic ostrich food

But sadly no turkeys. I was hoping to track down some Ardennes Rouges as this is a breed I’d love to keep.

However, it was still a very enjoyable visit with some weird and wonderful birds and bunnies on display. Here are a few for you.

Weird: freaky pigeon whose breed I've forgotten!

Weird: freaky pigeon whose breed I’ve forgotten!

 

Wonderful: a trio of Berry Noires, our local breed. These are on my shopping list too.

Wonderful: a trio of Berry Noires, our local breed. These are on my shopping list too.

 

Weird: an English fighting cock. A lot of it seems to be missing, like its body, for example!

Weird: an English fighting cock. A lot of it seems to be missing, like its body, for example!

Wonderful: the champion Carneau pigeon of France.

Wonderful: the champion Carneau pigeon of France.

There were lots of bantams and chickens with very feathery legs and feet - not too practical for a muddy winter farmyard.

There were lots of bantams and chickens with very feathery legs and feet – not too practical for a muddy winter farmyard.

The show was organised by the local Asso des Aviculteurs Creusois, and very well too. It was held in the glacial agricultural halls, but was all very clean and tidily laid out. We saw a couple of people going round topping up food and water for the animals, and their cages all had plenty of clean straw in. We saw a gendarme there and wondered if he might be checking up on animal welfare or something, in which case he was wasting his time as the livestock was all being very well looked after, but perhaps he was just nipping in to enjoy the spectacle, like the rest of us.

If there’s just been a few turkeys, it would have been perfect!