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The Local Cafe

I put the shout out on Instagram last night to all my favourite cafes, because we're nearing the end of our lemon feature, and I wanted to be sure I hadn't missed out on something fabulous! So when The Local Cafe told me that they had Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Sourdough Crumpets on the menu it was too good to be true, because today I ran out of ALL my breakfast cereals, and so breakfast was wide open for a lemon breakfast date.

Before I'd even walked through the door at The Local Cafe, I was in love, it's freshly painted blue facade nestles within a very stylishly eclectic, shabby chic interior, and I ADORE IT! With interesting pieces of decor scattered through the cafe, the work of local artists hanging on the walls, big pendant lights, a stunning vintage look coffee machine, reclaimed wood table tops and a spread of very random yet complimentary chairs contrast against the plywood walls and polished concrete floors. Although it sounds random and overwhelming, it all…

Meet The Flock

The flock that make all these beautiful cakes possible.. well, the ones with eggs in it anyway.





Pearl - Known to most as Pearlie or Pretty Pearlie, she's the oldest member of our flock, and she’s a Platinum Sussex. EVERYBODY who meets my flock comments on how beautiful she is, she's all my friends favourite purely because she's so beautiful... on the outside at least. haha We love you Pearlie



Alice  - I've owned a few Faverolles in my time as crazy chicken lady, and they have been by FAR the friendliest breed I've raised. Seriously if you have kids, these guys a breed that's rarely mentioned on 'friendliest breed lists' but I will vouge for them here!





Gwen - Lovingly referred to by my friend Katie as Gwenith Poultry (she loves a pun). The same breed as our Pearl, Gwen is also a Sussex hen, but of the 'light' colouring. She's a gutsy girl, not much scared her that's for sure!





Priscilla - Our Houdan hen, she's a looker that’s for sure! The mass amount of feathers on her head make her almost completely blind.. but she would never forgive me if I chopped them off! This little lady frequently takes on the roll as 'Veggie Patch Supervisor' because despite being visually impaired she's the only one whose figured out that she can jump the fence.





Eglantine - Our resident Silkie rooster. He's up at the crack of dawn.. and likes to make his girls.. and us.. and the neighbours are too! He's a fluffy little ninja, last breading season he took on two young cockerels, both twice the size of him in honour of his ladies. (He was kicking ass until mum broke it up!)





Coraline - Our white Silkie hen, named after the girl in the movie.. the one directed by Henry Selick, came to us from our good friends at Haddon Hatchlings, in true Silkie fashion, she's a kind soul, and a great mother! She hatched 8 babies from 10 eggs last season! What a machine!





Fleur - I'm a sucker for a red head. Our beautiful Fleur is our Buff Silkie hen, she likes to keep to herself, she's an independent little lady, but recently she's been attached to our Eglantine at the hip! they make such an adorable couple.





Wendy - Like I said, a sucker for a red head! Wendy is my Buff Orpington hen, I have ALWAYS wanted an Orpington because their giant fluffy butts remind me of the old Victorian era dresses (like the ones the ugly step sisters wear in Cinderella)





Poppy - My little Poppy Seed or 'Pop Pop' is an absolute darling! She lays the tiniest eggs I've ever seen, they're adorable, and when she was a just a little seed she was so attached to me that whenever I tried to introduce her to her new flock she would run back to the house and sit at the back door crying.


and last but most definitely not least!



Daisy - My Daisy Duke is my rescue hen, and she's the gutsiest girl in the flock. We have resident Magpies that like to swoop my girls every once in a while, as most chickens would.. mine all run for cover until they leave. That was until Daisy arrived, the Magpies swoop Daisy and she launches into the air with her claws up above her head like a bird of prey to meet them! Way to go girl!





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