The six new hens arrived last evening, just as darkness was falling. Their side of the hen house was separate and they went in quite happily and started eating their food. They are still very young and the farmer predicts it will be almost a couple of months before they are of a laying age. The cockerel has not seen them yet - they need a few days to acclimatise before they come out into the big wide world - we have such an expanse of fields and no enclosed space in which they can wander, so best to keep them in. Meanwhile the farmer is doing hasty repairs to a wire pen so that it can go over the pop hole and they can come in and out into the sunshine if they so wish (hope it doesn't pour with rain).
This morning friend W and I decided we would try the new Pilates class for Beginners. Wow! We came home after the hour exhausted, aching and with pains in muscles we didn't even know we had. We have already decided that it is too strenuous for us - even getting up and down on the exercise mat requires real concentration on my part. However, I shall keep my exercise mat out on the spare bedroom floor so that I can do my daily, much gentler floor exercises - they really do keep me more supple.
Tomorrow another visit to the Orthopaedic specialist who is looking in to possible treatments for my ankle.
Quite Spring-like here today - now some snow on high ground is forecast for the weekend. Still by then it will be March - so let it snow if it wants to - not like snow falling in November is it?