I am thinking about eggs. And chickens. Okay, and always ducks. But then this time of year I do a lot of thinking about eggs. It’s a seasonal thing. And when I think about eggs, I am always reminded of the joke ~ Why do the French make omelettes with only one egg?
Now since I do not wish this little vignette to end here with a punchline, I am going to tell a little chicken tale. At one stage in the past, we had one female duck and 3 different chicken breeds. Consequently, we received 4 different types of eggs.
Of course, this was dependent on all of them laying. We did have one slacker chicken, who laid only when the weather was sunny and warm. So normally, we would get about 3 eggs a day, give or take; a beautiful blue little duck egg, a pale cream small egg, and a large beige egg.
Every now and then there would be a variation. There was this one day that sticks in my memory. It was a day like any day, except… for one egg. Oh my. My, oh my, oh my. Somebody put in a bit of effort.
What I found was one of the beige eggs, but it was twice its normal size. I mean a whopper. I mean the size that when you look at it you honestly wonder~ ‘how‘?!?! And not only was it huge(!), it was heavy, really heavy. A size and weight where in fact you worry about the chicken (though all seemed normal and healthy on checking).
I know just enough about eggs to understand that she somehow combined two eggs into one. (It was noted she hadn’t laid an egg the day before).
I stood in awe of this egg for much of the day, and even into the evening. But come morning, it was time for breakfast. An omelette maybe? Honestly, it was big enough I could have made an omelette from just this egg.
Which, put me in mind of the joke. “Why do the French make omelettes with only one egg? Because in France one egg is un oeuf*.”
*(in case you don’t get it, ‘un oeuf’ means ‘one egg’ and sounds just like ‘enough’. Get it?)
More quirky Egg Tales?
What more to do with Eggs ~ Of Eggs and Coffee
A Murder Mystery ~ An Egg Murder Most Fowl
The Birth of Margaret Thatcher ~ Maggie, the Pet Duck
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