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Bonjour,

Hope you had a good week.

I have had a genius idea this week: Chickens Have Talent show.

It was inspired by my flock who recently put on a bit of a performance when I had a visitor! I’m going to be doing a chat each day at The France Show in London (26-28 January) and the lovely presenter who will be introducing me chef/writer Guy Wolley, came to visit me. He was in the area meeting chefs and decided to pop in to see where I live. I welcomed him into my little farmhouse in the middle of nowhere and made him a cup of tea in the kitchen and we sat down to have a natter. My kitchen overlooks the garden and at the bottom of it are the bird pens with my 4 geese, 32 ducks and 24 chickens.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted Ken the cockerel under the gazebo, his bff Barbie was following him about as usual. Ken and Barbie are escape artists and go where they like. “He seems pretty tame” said Guy – he’d read some of my stories of “psycho Ken” in previous newsletters. “He hasn’t seen you yet” I said. And – right on queue Ken looked up. “Now he’s seen you” I said.

Ken seemed to pull up high, thrust his chest out and managed to look indignant that a stranger had come into ‘his’ territory. “He’s going to run down the garden and throw himself at the door, stare at you and then sing a song” I said. Guy looked at me sceptically.

Next minute, Ken ran down the garden, threw himself at the door, stared hard at Guy and burst into song. Or what I call a song. Ken does this peculiar crow with a sigh at the end, he sounds like Minnie Ripperton singing Loving You.

Guy and I both laughed, that drove Ken mad. He crowed, jumped up and down, flapped his wings, knocked things over and carried on singing Loving You.

Meanwhile Barbie ran around the terrace chasing the cats, the geese started honking wildly. Gregory Peck the biggest cockerel in town jumped up in a tree and was swinging wildly like a trapeze chicken. Rambo the duck decided to climb the fence and sit and watch the fun which made all the ducks quack and it sounded just like they were laughing.

And that’s when I got my genius idea for Chickens Have Talent… what do you think?!

Anyway, it’s not been all fun and games this week, I’ve been working hard and there are some terrific features for you to enjoy on the website (see below).

And – it’s the last chance to enter the draw for return tickets for ferry tickets from Dover to Calais (or Dunkirk), just click here for details. There are more comps in the winter issue of The Good Life France Magazine (free to enter, fast loading and NO flashplayer!).

Wishing you a very Bon Weekend
Bisous from France,
Janine
Editor

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