Kinny’s Patch

Kinny’s Patch – a few acres of valley on the English and Welsh border – is a very special place where wildlife shares its home with a little collection of domestic animals. Kinny has been a friend of Jude, the Undergardener, since their early childhood, a long special friendship. They went to infant school together and followed education experiences right through to the end of teacher training college.

We see a lot of Kinny meeting up about once a month with a small group of special college friends for coffees, meals and catch up times. In February we all met up at Kinny’s bungalow for coffee and cake, enjoyed a meal at her local hostelry and then went off to meet her animal friends who lived a short way away.

We were greeted by the chickens, loudly and enthusiastically, with the cockerels particularly tuneful. Overhead Buzzards mewed and soared gracefully and the calls of songbirds was all around.

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Our presence was soon spotted by the flock of Alpacas across the field. They were not really interested in us but the food we had with us. They were a multitude of colours and sported a fine variety of hair styles.

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One was very aloof and turned its back on us as it wandered away to a safe distance.


The last animals in Kinny’s menagerie were a couple of horses, both quite elderly and rationed the time they wanted to be stroked. A fine end to our day out on the Welsh border.

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By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.