My mother always raised chickens. So when my husband and I got a place smack-dab in the country, some years ago, I wanted to raise chickens. But my husband saw things differently.
“Too much flippin’ work,” he said. “Never mind the fact that chickens attract weasels, foxes, you name it. No chickens!”
I got the drift: No chickens!
So imagine my delight in discovering, years later, that someone I know raises chickens. And – what’s more – invited me to come visit with her and them!
That someone is none other than well-known Canadian designer Valerie Rowley. She has 5 varieties of chickens.
“Silver Laced Wyandottes (small, bossy little hens); Buff Orpingtons – large, golden, affable hens – the archetypal Easter chick in fact. We also have Black Australorps – the Angelina Jolie of chickens with lustrous black feathers and large round eyes. ”
“Then we have the big Light…
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12 thoughts on “At Home with Valerie Rowley Pt. 1”
Surely Hamlin has revisited his position and is amenable to sharing his space with the “little mini-dinosaurs”? 🙂
(That term mini-dinosaurs was stolen from James at Mind Your Dirt.
No way will he reconsider. Which is probably just as well. I can’t imagine myself running after chickens….. I mean, mini-dinosaurs!
Ha, if you’re the food lady, they follow you like the pied piper of… Hamlin.
You’re a funny girl…. Hope the weekend goes well.
Haha, thank you, and to you, a great weekend! I helped to process 29 broiler chickens yesterday by slitting the throats of half of them. I am seriously considering a return to vegetarianism!
That’s how I became a vegetarian as a small child — our favorite hen was served to us for dinner…. I was a vegetarian for many years after that…..
I started eating meat again in the mid 90s, and believe that red meat has been a boon to my health. Golly, I just don’t know that optimal health is worth it. Thanks for understanding. 🙂
That is just so good: to have your own eggs, but I agree with you that it is very hard for some people to eat the chicken meat if they have raised these chickens. I would never mind eating clean eggs, though.
Apart from that: they look so beautiful, just ready to paint and draw. Nature has the most wonderful patterns and most wonderful colors.
Spoken like an artist – you are ready to paint them!
What beautiful, beautiful chickens!! I am very fond of chickens, and I would love to have a little barnyard of these. A work friend a few years ago at our printer used to bring in freshly-laid eggs every Friday from his chickens – white and blue, but his were Araucanas – a relative of your friend’s – and Rhode Island Reds, I think. Yup – another reason to go vegetarian, but the eggs were THE best!
Excellent gallery… A lovely post! All my best wishes, Aquileana 😀
Thank you very much! Wishing you a good weekend.