March, quite frankly, was beyond a joke. I can't even get my head around it! Twice, twice I had to call the emergency services in March, which I hope gives an indication of the madness. Drama after drama, disaster after disaster, some of which are fixed, some of which are getting fixed, and some are still waiting to be fixed. It was the most stressful month I've had in a long time. I can't put March into words, other than to say I'm truly glad it's over.
But there were some good things that happened in March: firstly - I mentioned my hen Meg was poorly. She had peritonitis, which can more often than not be a killer for chickens, but she seems to have all but recovered. The swelling's gone down, she's gaining weight, and she's eating and looking a lot better. One of the problems that came from this is the younger hens, Clover and Bess, started bullying her (there's a difference between bullying and re-establishing a pecking order, and they were certainly bullying her) so on top of everything else I had to deal with keeping the hens apart (Ruby and Meg were together and had most of the space, Clover and Bess were either locked in another part of the aviary or exiled to another garden). I also had to manage Bess and Clover's rage, which was considerable and very loud at times! They're mixing now, but there's a definite atmosphere (edited to add: they're now not mixing and Bessie is a disgrace).
Another good thing that came from March, and this is very big news: we're getting a puppy! He's coming up to three weeks old and he's a Chihuahua. We'll be getting him in the second week of May and we've already been to see him, his siblings, and his mum and dad. He's adorable - here's some pictures:
|Pablo (which is his name!) at one week old.|
|Pablo at two weeks old.|
There's so much to do to prepare for him but we're slowly getting there! He's amassing quite a collection of 'accessories' - toys, blankets, baskets, etc, as well as books on Chihuahuas and puppy training (for the latter I went with Zak George, whose Youtube channel I like). He's even got a very smart new collar (it's plain black, but as I say it's very smart!). I need to make a comprehensive list now and have some more direction in my purchases as we move towards May, which seems such a long way off...
Zoladdiction, and I wouldn't mind reading the others from this series - Work and Truth. I've already started Fruitfulness and I'm about half-way through - I struggle with Zola's post-Rougon Macquart works but I'm enjoying it a lot more than his Three Cities trilogy. I've also got Pierre and Jean by Guy de Maupassant on my radar as well as Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo (I'm in quite a French mood it would seem!), and I do want to also get to Horace and Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes, which is my Classics Club spin (I'm in danger of forgetting it, and in fact I'm going to break for a minute to locate it and put it on my bedside cabinet...). Other than that I'm hoping for a peaceful month! I'm not sure it will be (so much needs to be mended), but I am trying to be optimistic!
This is usually the point where I share some pictures to round off the post, but I'm afraid there's none, I've been too busy, or else it's been too cold or wet to venture outside (and don't get me started on how dirty the windows are after this dreadful winter). When the weather improves marginally (it's pouring down now) I'll have to take some pictures of the garden: that gazebo has gone, one of the many casualties of the snow, so I'm working out what to put there in its place. Until then, I'm going to go and return to Fruitfulness and think about my little puppy! Happy April, everyone!