The weather does seem to be a bit hit and miss at the moment, I think it’s now that April showers are now in May. But we have had nicer evenings on the whole to get outside and play or chill out in the garden. Well, N plays, and I get ordered around by him, telling me where to stand, where to go and when to follow where he’s cycling to.
The other week N was outside as usual, playing with a ball launcher I’d bought. I’ve been collecting outdoor toys as I see them on sale, in preparation for his party, plus I love toys like that where you can play alone or together. I’m not sure N quite has the knack yet. Basically you put the ball on the little holder, push it down, wait for the ball to be popped up into the air, and then hit it with the bat. I’m wary of standing too close while he’s wielding a bat near my head, but he can’t put the ball on and get the bat ready. Hopefully though, he’ll be able to make contact with a bit of practice…the ball, not with me!
Then a chicken appeared from round the side of the house. It’s not unusual to have the dogs roaming around, there’s no fence at the start of our garden, it just blends into the in-law’s lawn. But it’s not often my father in law’s chickens stroll that far away from their run and the other garden. I didn’t think much of it, although just one lone chicken is unusual to see.
N wasn’t bothered at all, he just carried on with what he was doing, so I just sat back with my camera and relaxed in the sun. But it was a surreal situation. Random bird wanders in to shot, decides to try and peck something new, comes over to check out me, and then heads off towards N.
It seemed to be interested in the longer grass where the climbing frame wood has been left. There wasn’t much of interest there though, so of it wandered again to examine the climbing frame.
Eventually we headed back inside, the poor chicken looked a bit left out, so off it walked elsewhere. I didn’t think much about it apart from thinking it was a bit of a scrappy looking chicken. It obviously likes our garden because it’s been back almost daily since.
It wasn’t until one evening when the OH was looking outside in the garden for something. It turned out the chicken wasn’t one from the farm, but one of our lodgers’. Obviously it wanted to go on a chicken run from next door. At least she didn’t bring her friends with her.
Do you have any random animals turning up in your garden?