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The Chicken of New Year’s Eve

This is Po. Guess what was written on his eggshell? Though why you would need to note the egg was a poland when it seemed polands were all the seller kept, I do not know.

Looking at his beautiful round crest, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s a hen. In fact, as I mentioned earlier, all my birds were misidentified as hens at this age and I breathed a sigh of relief.

He later developed the spikey ‘potted palm’ hairdo and the male saddle and sickle feathers. His color is called white-crested cuckoo. Yes, his crest went white.

The smallest of my boys, he has a thin and squeaky crow but makes an astonishing range of quiet verbalizations as he pecks around the garden. Squeaks. Trills. A funny sort of clicking or purring. I do wonder what he’s trying to say.



Welp, here we are at the ass-end of 2019 and I don’t really know what to say about it. Some bad things happened, but we are solvent and well and I’m afraid to complain for as long as those two things are true.

Best wishes for the preposterously named ‘2020’ and we’ll see you on the other side of the fireworks!


Comment from OldFert
Time: December 31, 2019, 7:59 pm

Happy New Year, all!

Comment from BJM
Time: December 31, 2019, 10:17 pm

Well said Stoaty.

Cheers to All!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 31, 2019, 10:40 pm

Happy New Year to each and every one of y’all”!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 31, 2019, 11:11 pm

Happy New Year All!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 31, 2019, 11:20 pm

Happy New Year everyone!…I hope 2020 is better than 2019 was.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 1, 2020, 12:07 am

Happy New Year and as of this comment, Old Blighty is six minutes into 2020…

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: January 1, 2020, 12:55 am

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year for all.

Comment from Uncle Badgerfone
Time: January 1, 2020, 1:16 am

Happy New Year everyone! Worm pies all round!!!

Comment from naleta
Time: January 1, 2020, 1:57 am

Happy New Year! I’m looking at 3 more hours until my clock ticks over. I don’t know if I’ll stay awake for it.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 1, 2020, 2:52 am

Happy New Years. Husband and I are headed to bed so we’ll miss the ball drop.

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: January 1, 2020, 3:29 am

Best new year wishes to Stoaty, Uncle Badger, and all my fellow minions!y

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 1, 2020, 2:08 pm

Cool, they predicted a lot of things for 2020, but NOT wormpiles!

Unless that’s something that’s going to afflict me in my, uh, progressed years.

Now I have to go see what the diagnosis for that is!

Damn you 2020! 🙂

(Just thought I’d get an early start – Skoldilochs hasn’t commented on it all yet)

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: January 1, 2020, 3:38 pm

Maybe you could “borrow” a cat from 10 Downing:


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 1, 2020, 4:52 pm

Here’s to 2020 being everything we HOPE FOR, but not necessarily what we EXPECT.
As my late father was wont to say, pessimists have only pleasant surprises.

I’d give worm pie a try, but I think I’d rather have goat vindaloo.

Comment from BJM
Time: January 1, 2020, 5:00 pm

The first belly laugh of the decade.

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