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  1. Vallypee
    7th September 2019 @ 12:07 pm

    A wonderful story of birth and life, Beth. I so enjoyed this, and I had to chuckle at Jack's outbursts. If we ever get to meet, I will be VERY disappointed if he isn't exactly as you've described 😀


  2. spspd252
    7th September 2019 @ 1:54 pm

    A very enjoyable story for my first morning read. What a chore, you must really love these birds!!


  3. Nancy McBride
    7th September 2019 @ 2:35 pm

    This delightfully tangible piece was full to the brim with every possible experience of the senses. I could smell the warm manured dust and scent new life; hear the cock and Jack matching territorial male screams; taste the dust and so soft feathers in my mouth; feel the heat and sweat and poop, the wriggling, pecking bodies and feathers; see the whirling dervishes of iridescent feathers, fresh green grass and various environments; ache with the efforts while marveling at it all. I, like your lovely bird offspring, have been imprinted by you and Jack, and want to return home to roost.


  4. Unknown
    7th September 2019 @ 7:27 pm

    Lovely children's book here, and nearly done!


  5. Beth Haslam
    8th September 2019 @ 1:34 pm

    Thank you so much, Val, these are such lovely comments. I sincerely hope we do meet one day and when we do, you'll find he is exactly as I describe. 😀 xx


  6. Beth Haslam
    8th September 2019 @ 1:36 pm

    Thank you so much for reading my account. You're absolutely right, the husbandry does take up lots of time but we feel the effort is worthwhile. To have these animals grace our land is hugely rewarding. 🙂


  7. Beth Haslam
    8th September 2019 @ 1:40 pm

    Oh, Nancy, what wonderful comments. Thank you! You know how much I deeply care for these animals and our surroundings, Jack too. To have the opportunity to share our experiences with like-minded folks is a joy.


  8. Beth Haslam
    8th September 2019 @ 1:42 pm

    That is very kind, thank you. I would dearly love to write a children's book about our animals, and in particular Tripod, our three-legged wild boar. He could teach us all so much about survival, courage and kindness. Perhaps one day. 🙂


  9. Kathryn Gauci
    9th September 2019 @ 11:58 am

    Loved this, Beth. What fabulous plumage those birds have.


  10. Beth Haslam
    9th September 2019 @ 1:50 pm

    Thanks so much for reading it, Kathryn. Yes, I know, their tail feathers are extraordinary. They fall out and re-grow every year. Apparently they are used for carnival costumes etc


  11. Unknown
    7th March 2020 @ 3:20 pm

    So pleased I have discovered your blog Beth. An absolute joy. Thank you. I can love vicariously all your wonderful furry and feathered friends. 😊❤️


  12. Beth Haslam
    7th March 2020 @ 5:50 pm

    Thank you ever so much, I'm so glad you have enjoyed reading the story. 🙂 x


  13. Dawn
    29th January 2024 @ 10:18 am

    Just reading your Book V and have come to your Blog hoping to see pheasant photos and I’m not disappointed! Oh they are just so beautiful, and the chicks give me a buzz in the belly they’re just the cutest thing! I’m so pleased to see these pics.


    • Beth Haslam
      31st January 2024 @ 8:36 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog, Dawn, thank you. As you know, I’m hopelessly besotted with these pheasants. I’m glad they grabbed you that way, too. Many thanks for continuing with the series, I do hope you enjoy Fat Dog V. 🙂


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