feel really awful about this, but I have to be cruel to be kind,' says
Julie when I see her at the canal bridge, walking back
from her smallholding by the river. She opens her bag and I wonder what
she's going to show me; it's a fluffy yellowish day old chick, sitting
in the empty feed bucket.
'This one's hatched first and the hen will have to feed it so I'll have
to take it away or she'll abandon the rest of the clutch.'
Just as I'm wondering how she's going to dispose of this chick (a light
lunch?), Julie explains that she's taking it back to a bantam she keeps
at home which has just one chick, so that will act as a foster parent.
the Castle Gate
More animated doodling. I don't think stencils really suit me; I'll have
to try something drawn freehand, now I've got myself back into the process.
Richard Bell, email@example.com