Ransome, Sims and Jeffries

Published on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Many years ago, Dick wrote his very first book The Fox Busters, which was published when he was 56 years old. He got the idea during the time that he was a farmer and kept chickens. Foxes were an ever-present threat.

The book is about three brave hens called Ransome, Sims and Jefferies, who are tired of being terrorised by the local foxes, and decide to fight back!

They say that ‘life imitates art’, and in this case perhaps that is true. Today, Dick’s long-term friend and neighbour Michael sent me these pictures, after he bought some new hens for his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Ransome, Sims and Jefferies!




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