Still here!

Dinner guests Good grief! It’s AGES since I posted on Garybuie’s blog but worry ye not (on the off chance that you were!), we’re still here, just busy, busy with guests, gardens, birds and dinners! Skye is heaving with visitors so we are full every night and many of our guests have been taking us up on the offer of dinner.
Besides spending more time in the kitchen, outdoor tasks are also at their peak. The weather is awful; damp and dreary, cold too until the last few days. We may have reached mid-summer but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Of course our daylight hours are abundant and Pusscat seemingly disapproves, trying his best to seek SOME darkness to facilitate his naps. At least I have an eye mask to help!


Anyway, as it’s been so long, I decided that a pictorial ‘catch-up’ would be easier, so here goes!

The quail are OUT!




Aunts Puff and Biggles took over ‘child-minding’ duties of Polly Blue-tail’s offspring…

Puff, Biggles, ducklings

…whereas Mrs Under-by’s three remaining ducklings have been learning all about adult conversation…


…and are seemingly unimpressed by it!


Broody Brenda decided to sit…


…and the Plymouth Rock decided to join her!


Brenda appeared with the first three chicks of the joint hatch…


…followed a couple of days later by the Plymouth rock and seven more. They’re still all sharing the same coop.

Plymouth Rock

Feeding time is certainly more chaotic with such a motley crew.

Feeding time

And as for the Guinea Fowl, after having most of their eggs stolen by our local, dastardly crow, they have finally made a nest out of his sight – which they’re all sharing – and we’re now getting a great supply of eggs! They do enjoy our rare days of sunshine taking a bath…

Guinea Fowl

…or squawking up a tree!

Guinea Fowl

As a culinary conclusion, we’ve enjoyed our first quail and have sold our first eggs!

Roasted quail


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10 Responses to “Still here!”

  1. recyclersa Says:

    I was getting worried, glad everything is rocking along πŸ™‚ Laura

  2. Lynda Says:

    What a lovely pictorial! So glad to hear you are all OK. I am curious, is there a recipe to go along with the quail dinner you pictured? It looks delicious!

    • Lynda Says:

      Just noticed that your quail run is made of what appears to be bird netting. You don’t have predators where you live? We have to make a fortress for our birds to ward off attacks from opossum, skunk, coyote, fox, and the occasional marauding, neighbor’s dog.

      • garybuie01 Says:

        We do have foxes but they don’t show themselves during the day. At night, the quail are ushered out of their netted run into the very sturdy sleeping compartment so they are safe. Fingers crossed!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Yes, I shall try to remember to post it next time – whenever that may be! Basically the birds were just roasted, wrapped in streaky bacon and served with a mushroom sauce.

  3. writeanne Says:

    Good to see you back. Yes, the island is very busy with visitors. Lovely photos of the ‘family’. Enjoy the sun πŸ™‚

    • garybuie01 Says:

      The sun didn’t last long! I did some very hot overdue weeding yesterday and finally the veg plot looks like somebody owns it!

  4. manicmumdays Says:

    Gorgeous pics! πŸ™‚

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