When we moved onto this Farm 7 years ago Eleanor was a Toddler with just one baby brother under her wing. She spent her days pottering around the farm by my side and chatting away in all her inquisitiveness and pink gorgeousness.
|Then - 2006|
Not much has changed, except she has just turned 9, there are an additional 3 little brothers to boss around and she wouldn't be caught dead in pink.
|Now - 2013|
Occasionally she gets asked how she copes with all those boys. Such an annoying question but she takes it all in her stride and says "fine!". She truly means it.
In fact, the afternoons would be rather dull without her 4 willing participants of her "after school club" that she runs out of her bedroom each afternoon.
We celebrated her birthday with a slumber party with 5 of her friends.
Home-made lasagne and chocolate pudding were on the Menu as requested.
For the first time, there were no party games. Instead, the girls entertained themselves and us adults with a cleverly choreographed dance concert.
Baby Flynn was a big hit too.
All she wanted for her birthday was a new beanie and she picked out Ysolde Teague's "Urchin" Beret for me to make for her.
Also on her wish list was an Egg Incubator. It's probably not the usual request for a 9 year old girl but this animal lover has been asking for one since her last birthday.
I hear her tell her sweet friends that she is going to keep the girls, maybe sell some but all the boys will be eaten. Ruthless Capitalist!
Three fertilised eggs were popped in for the 21 days it takes for them to hatch. After "candling" them it appeared that only 1 egg had an embryo within so we watched and waited with baited breath for the sole Embryo to hatch.
And today, the day our country elected a new Prime Minister, her first baby chick hatched - a Light Sussex chick named Coco.
|Welcome to the World!|
I think if Coco can survive all the poking and prodding that she'll be subjected to in this household then she'll do just fine when she joins the rest of the flock. Unless, of course, she is a boy.
Eleanor wasted no time putting 3 new eggs from our own flock into the incubator - a Silver Spangled Hamburg and two Hyline/Spangled crosses. Best Present ever, she said. An incubator - the gift that keeps on giving.