Life and death


Death, of course, is part of life. That doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to accept. But in the case of Hamie, accept is what we had to do and this morning when we had the vet put her out of her misery. She never recovered from whatever happened in the polytunnel, her breathing becoming more laboured with time as well as developing a food obsession. It turns out that she was seriously diabetic and was also retaining fluid which was putting a strain on her heart. Hamie wasn’t Hamie any more, showing no interest in life. She had just about turned eleven years old and has never had a day’s sickness. We both thought that she would have become a grand and crotchety old lady.. It wasn’t to be.



Returning home with our girl however, as if just to cheer us up, we were greeted with eight new lives! This is the polytunnel coop musco-teer.

latest new family

First thing this morning, I checked the rescued Muscovy eggs in the incubator. They’ve been in there for a few days now but the eggs were unchanged. So I turned off the incubator. Ten minutes later, whilst I was preparing breakfast, Kevin started to clear the eggs out and the exclaimed, “They’re alive!” One egg had pipped and it was cheeping at him! Incubator back on, water added for humidity and it wasn’t long before there were three successfully rescued muscovy ducklings playing football with the other eggs!


It is now 6.15p.m. and we’ve introduced the three newcomers to Puff, Biggles and the musco-teer. It looks very much as though they are accepted although I think that they will have to spend a restful night before joining the ‘big’ guys permanently. At the moment they are under the infra-red lamp in the duck house. When all the others retire for the night, we shall let them join the group. Fingers crossed! As I write, a fourth duckling has pipped in the incubator, so who knows what I’ll find tomorrow!

keeping warm


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17 Responses to “Life and death”

  1. Diane Fairhall Says:

    So sorry to hear about Hamie, Christine. 😦 She was a lovely girl but that disease is very serious and she was never going to get better.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Absolutely Diane and it wasn’t as if it was just the one thing that was wrong. Even if she could have been treated, she would never have been the same cat and that would have been unacceptable.

  2. RecyclerSA Says:

    Sad for the loss of the beautiful Hamie, Christine. Laura

  3. Diane Fairhall Says:

    I love the pic of Hamie in the grass, beautiful. I have a similar one of my beautiful Josh (also black) who went missing about 5 years ago. 😦

    • garybuie01 Says:

      In some way, a cat going missing is worse than a death that you witness. I guess it’s the ‘not knowing’ which is so upsetting. We had one that went missing many years ago so I know how you must have felt.

  4. Diane Fairhall Says:

    It wasn’t just me. Freddie loved Josh too and missed him dreadfully as Josh used to ‘mother’ him. Fred used to keep vigil up at the kennels as that’s the last place he saw Josh. I’m afraid that George was a poor substitute as far as Freddie was concerned.

  5. garybuie01 Says:

    I don’t think that Patches or Pusscat miss Hamie too much as she was always bossing them around!

  6. Teri Says:

    So sorry to hear about Hamie.

  7. garybuie01 Says:

    Thanks Teri, she was a great character.

  8. Lynda Says:

    I am sorry for your loss, and yet excited for your new ducklings!

  9. Morning Bray Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Christine. ❤

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Thanks Justina. It’s been a sad old week without her as out of all our cats, she was the one who was always around, no matter what we were doing. If we read a book, she would stick her head between us and the book, she had to be so close! That’s the downside of pets I guess but we wouldn’t be without them.
      P.S. on a brighter note, as I write, your paintings are at Kennedy airport, New York, awaiting dispatch!

      • Morning Bray Says:

        I couldn’t agree with you more about not being without them… how right you are.

        I’ll let you know when the paintings arrive… thank you so much! Sending you a big hug. 🙂

      • garybuie01 Says:

        I shall let you know when it arrives!!!

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