19. Hens or Parrots?

In the most sheltered area of the estate, where the sun hits first thing in the morning, you’ll find my precious hens-home painted in blue and gold, that encloses an olive tree that now serves as a recreational perch for my hens. I choose funny and mystical animals: ornamental hens that lay golden eggs, that populate many people’s dreams— this why I had to make sure they were protected by ferocious warriors. Each one of the four chicks belongs to a different ornamental breed, and they all happily live in their fancy home.

The Vision

I spent the first part of my childhood in the countryside with bunnies, hens and little pigs. I had to patiently wait until I was old enough to horse back-ride with my brother and my grandpa. After I grew up, the city life implanted in me the desire to go back to those joyful memories with my beloved animals. This is why I sometimes let the chicks roam freely in the garden, so I can enjoy watching them snoop around bushes and roses— their presence always brings cheerfulness. I arranged some benches around the hens-home so that people can sit down and enjoy the view and relax. It really works: seeing is believing. I also found out that the most assiduous visitors of the four chicks are my cats… I wonder why…

Observing the beauty of animals, catching every detail, can remind us to appreciate and be amazed by the majesty of the world we live in.

Plants used

Apricot (prunus armeniaca)
Cotoneaster (cotoneaster lacteus)
Ivy (hedera helix)
Graminacea (stipa tenuissima)
Fox Grapea (vitis labrusca)
Iris (iris germanica)
Marjoram (origanum majorana)
Olive tree (olea europaea)
White Spirea (spiraea)

Seasonal blooms: (pansé, begonie)