Since last year, I’ve been following a blogger who talks with his chickens.
I’ve no problem with that – I have discussions with the family’s dogs (mainly about whether it’s feeding time yet – they’re a pragmatic bunch) but back when we were between dogs I’ve been known to talk to fish in the fish tank – when we had one.
During those brief dogless months, I found myself following the antics of sooty mice between the tracks at Holborn underground station while I waited for my train – a lesson in adaptability. (Theirs or mine? I leave you to judge.)
On his blog, John Spiers shares conversations with his chickens and the lessons they teach him. Seasons of Friendship is his first collection of these. l decided to buy a copy to catch up in comfort on chicken wisdom I’d missed.
l was tempted to opt for the e-book and save shipping to the UK, since John’s book is published in the USA through Barnes and Noble. But, like the blog posts, his stories are accompanied by illustrations that deserve paper. I ordered a print copy, which arrived after Christmas.
It was worth the wait. John’s family of chickens support each other through the triumphs and tragedies of life, learn something of the weird world of humans and teach us about friendship at its best.
See what you think at https://mylifewithgracie.com/.