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Date: 31st May 2009

I've never been too interested in Birds and certainly not chickens and Cockerels - well I've had to change my opinion.

My friends Ann and Henryk adopted a little Polish Blue last year (well Henryk is Polish) and initially thought it was a 'she'.  I saw 'IT'  as a tiny bird when it had just started to try and crow.  He duly had to be renamed and now answers to the name of Boris - and I mean answers.  He's a very handsome and rather entertaining creature.  

He runs to you at the call of his name - then fluffs up his feathers to show off and then goes round in a circle and trips over his own feathers.  He thinks he's human and when he hears speech, he wants to join in.  If he's left alone too long he comes to the Waste bin outside the kitchen and crows until you come out to talk to him.  He's got a little harem of three females who, though more attractive than the average chicken, are no match for his splendour.

If I had a garden, I think I'd be tempted to get a Polish Blue.  Not only do they have great character and are very amusing but they peck the aphids off your plants and eat the slugs and snails. The only downside is that their life span is a short 4 years - do don't get too attached!

Having seen so many beautiful gardens in my travels in the last couple of weeks, I miss mine more than I can say.  Ah well, that's life as they say.  I suppose I'd find it difficult to go away as freely as I do if I had a garden to maintain.

If you are reading my Blog in the UK, just a reminder that you can see me in Celebrity Masterchef on Wednesday June 10th - BBC 1 at 8.00pm


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