There is such joy when living in rural France! It can be very hard work but also so rewarding. One of the happiest moments is when our various animals give birth. I always see it as nothing short of a miracle and it brings great joy to the entire family.

Our lady duck Mrs Mason (her husband is called Mr Fortnum) had been sitting for ages. Finally today we saw her babies. 13 gorgeous, fluffy Muscovy ducklings. The larger one in the front is already called Brian: he was born one week ago, on Easter Sunday, in the incubator. When we decided to reunite him with his family, Mrs Mason was very good-natured and took him in (or is it her?) without a murmur.

Muscovy duck in France

The chicken came out yesterday with her four golden chicks. Gorgeous.
Chicken with chicks

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