Sure they give me lovely eggs and I like the way they free range and keep them millipedes and earwigs down.
But the destroying of my rockmelon plants - not so much.
And still we get to this point. The gluten free bread is about to be thrown out again. I totally get that some people cannot deal with gluten in their diet but let's not kid ourselves that gluten-free is the same as non gluten free.
I have always been disappointed, I have found flat and dead and hard to work with. I have tried to make bread and waffles and scones with gluten-free products but they have always sucked.
Maybe I just suck.
So has we look at the bread that is sitting out here for everybody to use, the one that is getting old and going to the chickens is the gluten-free.
I hope they don't reject it.
Once upon a time I was told how valuable and slow growing these plants are. I don't know whether that was true or not - the value part.
I certainly know these cycads are slow growing though. I've had this one for about 16 years but it is coming into some sort of majesty now. It had three leaves on it and was in a 6 inch pot when I bought it.
I love the fresh growth each year, and this is the best so far.
They are growing and they are fruiting and they will have some beautiful large pods by Friday. I am away until then so that is what the garden gives us - it keeps working while we can't be there.
But I think that was a big one is ready to take right now.
Yes, it is.