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Friday, 2 November 2007

Kicking up leaves

The summer is over,
The trees are all bare,
There is mist in the garden
And frost in the air.
The meadows are empty,
And gathered the sheaves,
But isn't it lovely
Kicking up leaves.

John from the garden
Has taken the chairs,
It's dark in the evening
And cold on the stairs.
Winter is coming
And everyone grieves . . .
But isn't it lovely
Kicking up leaves.

by Rose Amy Fyleman 1877-1957


  1. What happy looking chooks. Aren't they lucky?

  2. I like that poem! It makes autumn seem less gloomy. The good thing about your garden assistants is that they are light and don't tramp down the leaves ... they must have been having fun.

  3. Great picture and great poem!
    Take care,
    Alison x
    P.S. just wanted to say that I really like the prints/work that you do:-)

  4. I've come back to look at these pictures several times--cozy and happy-making images indeed!

  5. What a sweet poem and lovely, paintable chicks!

  6. Great poem. I still enjoy kicking up leaves as much as I did when I was a child!

    Your hens always look so happy.

  7. Hi - Thank you for visiting and enjoying seeing the under-gardeners in action!

    It's been a great weekend for going for scrunchy crunchy country walks and kicking up leaves in the sunshine.

  8. Place that I used to take care of horses had many chickens and they were so cute.. It was pleasure to watch birds doings. I don't know what, but birds make me happy everytime, like yours too :)


  9. I love this picture, I wish I could have chickens in my garden, I was bought up on a farm and I used to collect the eggs as soon as they were laid. Louise x

  10. They are such a good addition to you "studio" assistants!

  11. hi,
    found your site via country smallholder link - great find! your picture could have been taken in my garden.... i too have 'girls' that 'help' in the garden and who are loving this autumn sunshine. they too are having a rare old time in the fallen leaves. they are making the most of the sun-bathing and dust bathing before the inevitable damp stuff arrives. even my 'aga magnets' (4 slothful cats) are making the effort to stretch out in the warmest places outside.
    thanks for the blog - i shall be visiting most frequently..............

  12. Hi Louise - I took loads of photos trying to capture the under-gardeners kicking up leaves - this one was definitely my favourite.

    Hi Quu and Meg - our hens definitely make us feel happy when we watch them kicking up the leaves!

    Hi Palnurse - you're most welcome! I've just had a quick look at your blog - and met the 'aga magnets' they certainly look happy to have moved in with you!

  13. Oh I love your hens Celia - this photo is just lovely!


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