Brief catch-up

We opened for B and B on the first of the month. No gentle introduction this year; right in there, feet first, hit with a sledgehammer kind of thing. It’s weird but it’s really difficult trying to retrieve the smooth (most of the time) execution of the breakfast routine after a six month break. And we have evening meals on offer this season which is a new routine altogether! Consequently, I’ve missed reporting our wee bit of recent news; BB hatched three of her six regular eggs, just missing Easter but she is one happy Silkie anyway!

BB and chicks

We’re now down to 24 quail, gradually losing the less robust birds over the weekend. The remainder are all doing well and growing fast. They eat so much for such wee things!

quail

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9 Responses to “Brief catch-up”

  1. writeanne Says:

    Congratulations on your lovely new arrivals. All best for the new season. Portree seems very busy with visitors already.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      It’s always nice to have new lives around the place! I agree with you about Portree. I only just managed to get onto the bottom car park this morning! More like high season.
      Christine

  2. Cecilia Mary Gunther Says:

    Dinner as well! That is a lot of work. I hope you are charging appropriately.. Dinner is much more work than breakfast.. But Oh I wish it were me you were cooking for! c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      It certainly is extra work but I’ve tried to be very organised! Over the winter I made lots of slow-cooked meals with local venison, beef and of course duck! I froze these and now they just need seasonal veg/salad adding to them. I found several easy, quick dessert recipes, mainly using seasonal fruit, most coming from the garden as the year progresses. I go into town twice each week when I can pick up fresh fish which as you know, doesn’t take too much cooking. We’ll see how it goes. We decided to take this route as we are a drive away from any restaurants and many people arrive after a long journey/sightseeing day, so getting back into the car isn’t very appealing! Also, we have finally invested in a dishwasher after all these years which makes a huge difference on the whole labour thing! It’s a plan Cecilia and hopefully it will succeed, but as you post today demonstrated, many plans can be a disappointment and we just have to adapt. I’m sorry about Elsie but well done with your chicks – you did better than our quail!
      Keep trying,
      Christine

  3. Barb Says:

    Sounds like you have your hands full! Hope you are getting some ‘me’ time in between.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Yes Barb, it’s certainly busy around here at this time of year. There’s not much ‘me’ time, I have to admit but after all, there’s plenty of time for that over the winter months when we’re closed!
      Christine

  4. thesnowwoman Says:

    That mama with her little chicks is just adorable. It looks like the quail chicks that survived are doing quite well.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      The quail are so comical – and inquisitive too! They’re not shy or nervous at all when handled.
      Christine

  5. RecyclerSA Says:

    Would it be possible for a Silkie to hatch and protect Quail? Wishng you a fabulous B&B season. 🙂 Laura

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