hallelujah the girls have returned :) i had a phone call this morning from a woman who had come to collect her son's mail while he is on holiday and saw our missing chook notice and compared the photofit with the new occupants of the back yard and called me post haste.
i had joked to a colleague this morning that perhaps they had gone on a cruise and lo they had gone for a short break around the corner. although apparently the meals weren't up to scratch.
so, as with Mr S Clemens, reports of the demise of the Thornbury CWA sub branch were somewhat exaggerated. the girls are restored to the chook pen and the kettle is on.
thank you for your kind remarks and fears of fowl play - i am so glad they were unfounded