More than we could chew

The View – a different perspective…

The View

I’m sad to have to report that once our quail endeavours were fully up and running, we soon realised that we had bitten off more than we could chew. It turned out to be a very high maintenance venture, with runs having to be moved/cleaned out every other day. And for insufficient financial return. Our days at this time of year are already full and we took a step too far with this project. So, the quail are no more. Of course the wee birds haven’t gone to waste, filling a space in the freezer, labelled (in my mind at least) ‘Romantic meals for Two’. We have an abundance of preserved eggs too. Hey ho.

So, let’s get all the bad news out-of-the-way in one go; one of the female guineas got knocked down. Some drivers in the glen can be heavy-footed and she didn’t manage to move fast enough. It was an outright death thank goodness, I don’t think she would have known much about it. Her mate called for her for a couple of days then promptly stole someone else’s wife!

Guinea fowl

The grey guinea, who out of season is on the periphery of the flock, now has TWO husbands – the widower and her ousted partner who still hangs around! Sometimes I’ve spotted the ousted one with the lone, bottom-of-the-ladder female instead but preen him as she might, he doesn’t stay.

Enough of the gloom and doom. Polly Blue-tail hatched five ducklings a couple of weeks ago and Mrs Under-by hatched nine yesterday but kept them well guarded.

Mrs Under-by

BB has produced her third family of the season; five ‘regular’ chicks…

BB

…meanwhile, the inseparable sisters, Thelma and Louise, are sitting on their third set of eggs this year. Maybe they like to chat through the wall?

Thelma and Louise

After the quail disappointment, we decided to put Kevin’s specially constructed brooder to good use by incubating some of our own hen eggs. You just can’t have enough home-grown chicken!

brooder

Annnnnd in the middle of all the summer chaos, I got two portrait commissions from some early season guests – Dottie…

Dottie

…and Poppy.

Poppy

Never a dull moment then!

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8 Responses to “More than we could chew”

  1. recyclersa Says:

    Ok ,just busy then 🙂 Glad to hear all is well there. I do hope you and Kevin get to enjoy the romantic meals for two later on. Stunning portraits as always. Laura

  2. garybuie01 Says:

    Don’t worry Laura, we close for business at the end of September so plenty of time for a wee bit of romance!
    Christine

  3. kathryningrid Says:

    Well, too bad that the quail experiment wasn’t workable, but that’s the only way to find out. And, as you say, you still benefited; not only did you learn something useful, you have a freezer-full of goodness to show for it. All’s well. It sounds like the rest of the flock is more than keeping you busy anyway—and expanding!

    As for those fabulous portraits, well…I can’t think of anything that defies a slight disappointment around the place better than to make such gorgeous art. Beautiful, both of them!


    Kathryn

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Thanks for your kind words Ingrid both about our failed quail venture and my portraits! It’sooo long since I’ve visited your blog with everything that’s going on around here. I’m looking forward to the end of September when I can revisit all my favourite people!
      Christine

      • kathryningrid Says:

        Not to worry! I am in the same straits…too much [practical] life to be lived means not enough time to spend doing some of the [delightful] things that make it worth living, eh! 😉

        I just sent the link for your B&B to my sisters and said we should all aim for a visit in summers to come, since it’s such a gorgeous area and I know we’d be in the best of hands for guidance on where to take great local rambles and see the beauties of the Isle. Two sisters and their husbands *were* at Talisker very briefly this year, but of course I didn’t know beforehand that they were going to be so close to you, so now we’re all plotting. 🙂

        Hope you and yours are all in fine fettle and that you’ll get some of your hard-earned respite and play-time soon.

        xoxo

      • garybuie01 Says:

        That sounds like a great plot Ingrid – it would be lovely to meet you! Hopefully, should you decide to visit Skye, it will be a summer of better weather. This year has been dreadful!
        Christine

  4. writeanne Says:

    It’s a shame about the quails but there was only one way to find out. It was good to see and catch up with Garybuie’s other creatures. Love the animal portraits.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Failure are OK I guess as we can learn from them. I don’t like failures involving wee lives however. Hey ho. Glad you liked the portraits – I get lots of failures with those too!
      Christine

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