This was Wednesday's meagre raspberry harvest -
Just enough to add colour to my breakfast cereal. I was given 6 young canes last year (an exchange for eggs, of course) and they're bearing fruit; I'm harvesting this amount every few days. I simply need more canes in order to harvest more fruit. My benchmark is a single harvest large enough to make a batch of white chocolate and raspberry muffins.
While picking my "bounty", I caught sight of my frizzle Pekin hen making a P.L.C. -
Poor Life Choice. She decided to go broody out in the open, behind the vegetable patch. Genius. That way the fox can eat her in the middle of the night, then come back in the morning and have partly-incubated eggs for his breakfast.
That damn fox is going to harvest more than I am!
I leave her to sit on the eggs during the day. At bedtime, I pick her up off her clutch and put her back in the hen house, enduring her complaints and pecks. I might try moving her somewhere safe, and put a few fresh bantam eggs under her. She seems pretty determined - either to be a mum or fox bait, I'm not sure which.