Bitterly cold this morning my hands are just thawing out as I write. Still lovely to be out though, full thermals on and the blast of fresh air sets you up for the day. This morning the owls were screeching in the trees and the frost was sparkling. Because we can’t let the girls out to free range as much in the winter we supplement their diets with greens from the allotment. The Brussels sprout tops and leaves are a favourite and we grow chard in any spare patch during the summer. I do use it a bit like spinach in recipes but the main reason I grow it is for the girls over winter. The girls are very hardy and don’t seem to notice the cold. The inside of their cage is iced up with condensation but if you pick up a sleeping chicken they are always red hot and when they all huddle up together they never seem to suffer from the cold nights and are as eager as ever to come out in the morning.