November 18, 2012

Saturday 17th November

Birds..
 Total buzz - I snapped a photo of the Californian Quail we have been seeing here. Abbey said mum come quick, I was busy cooking and she advised it would be totally worth burning the food. It was!

My research tells me the male has a grey breast and a black throat outlined in white. I think this one is a male? Quails hang out in large groups called coveys - so hopefully we will see more now they have moved in.
Apparently they like fruit, I wonder if that includes tomatoes since he is sitting on the tomato frame.


A search on you tube finds us their calling which we have been hearing.

In the Garden
 The garden is providing plenty of broad beans and the beetroot was harvested - hopefully Sunday I will get a chance to bottle up some beetroot. Got any tried and true recipes?

In the Barn
Getting a parcel at any time is always exciting - even if it is truck parts...The blokes will like seeing the shiny hub caps.

FarmStay Guests.
Molly is doing fine, we missed getting a photo of her last night - but she had a 3/4 hour rattle up with Brent. WHY do these cats like the men folk?

9 comments:

  1. I think the cats like them cos they are smellier. I had a friend round last week, and Poppy hid outside. But she spent the next five nights snuggling up to the pillow he sat against on the couch, once she had sniffed it for an hour.

    Have a great Sunday.

    Julie and Poppy Q
    xxx

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    1. chuckle. chuckle. Molly's mum said Molly puts on quite a show for her men friends.

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  2. Hi Leanne, just got a chance to catch up with your blog ... I just can't do that for all of they wonderful blogs out there but I just have to keep up with yours. Love, love, love the quail and the utube video ... love all those wild birds. When you say beetroot do you mean beets??? That's what our family calls them anyway and they look like it ... being that our family is of Polish heritage, my mom made a mean beet soup, but I never learned.

    Happiness always,
    Jan

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    1. Jan thanks. as you know I've been pulled with time of late keeping one blog is much easier! Here in New Zealand they are known as beetroot just as our silverbeet I think is called chard overseas. Funny aye. Beet soup sounds like worth a try!
      Love Leanne xx

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    2. I do think you'll love the beet soup ... I'm sure you can find a good Polish recipe on the internet ... I'm not sure that you can eat sour-cream, but that really tops off the soup. I would try whipping some up myself but I don't think my daughter can eat this. Frankly I think it's made with just beets. Oh, this makes me so heart sick for my mom. She was the one who keep our family together.

      Happiness to you and your family,
      Jan

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  3. I'm glad you have some quails. They are such fun to watch. They always look intelligent to me...probably their little top knots. Yes that is a male. The female has less colours and a smaller topknot.( the babies are very cute too )
    We have family groups of 15 or 13 or sometimes just a pair. They don't usually like the presence of cats so your's are being brave.
    Over the many many years we have had families visiting I have never seen them eating anything naughty. They go for the grass seed heads and leaves. I have never seen them eat fruit. I would love to see a nest but never have. My book says the eggs are creamy yellow with brown blotches.
    The one sitting up on the fence or clothesline or other high place is the lookout for the group while they forage.

    Our Pukekos are being much better behaved now....I wonder if it is the gun they don't like or the netting or the other dead bodies....probably I shouldn't speak too soon.

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    1. Ali, I keep watching for them but they ar'e not prolific here yet.. I wonder if the pukeo's will deal to their babies? Pukekos can be very mean like that! James was pleased to hear they will not probably home on to his tomatoes. Thanks for that!

      Glad your pukeko's are getting the idea!!!!
      Love Leanne

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  4. We have Californian Quials around here.They are so cute. Hope you get to see them with babies.

    Golly Miss Molly is having a long vacation! What a superb service you are offering to these very special cats.

    Linda

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    1. Abbey has seen them with babies by the barn, I've just got a glimpse of a female I think and then our male friend on the tomato frame we caught on camera. I love that critters want tot live here. James and Brent found a lizard nest - of course I asked for a photo for the blog! They said they will get one in a day or two since they had accidentally disturbed the nest.

      Molly is here for a month but no vacation for her mum she is on a big course with lots of study - she has another big exam Tuesday. I bet her mum will need a holiday after she has finished. It is lovely seeing the kittens we bred come back - Molly is soo much like her mum Caro.
      Love Leanne

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