Monday, 7 September 2009

A late brood and a late night.

Montbretia flowering against the wall providing shelter and pecking ground for the hens.

Another surprise this morning as one of the Leghorns appeared with 11 fluffy little chicks.

The rest of the hens came up to check them out and the mother clucked on protectively if anyone came too close.

So out came the broody coop and run again and the coffee grinder to grind food for the chicks. They are now safely in the coop and run, and at least are safe from any scavenging Mink or Sparrowhawk and any autumn gales we may get.

I've lost count of how many broods have hatched this year. It is a bit late in the year for chicks to hatch but hopefully we can help the hen to look after them and they will be okay!

This last week since the English school holidays have ended, the self catering holiday cottages here on Treshnish Farm have had younger families staying and several times I have looked out to see young children enjoying feeding the hens and admiring Ruben and Apricot the two remaining Call drakes.

Seafood Night, Dervaig Village Hall.

Here is a very bad photo of a very good Seafood Platter!

It was the annual Dervaig Seafood Night last Saturday organised by Dervaig Village Hall. This event started 10 years ago - to celebrate fantastic local shellfish and has become a great annual happening - this year a few other events have been set up as part of a small but very popular Mull and Iona Food Festival.

About 80 people ( both locals and visitors) sat down to a seafood fest with live music and lots of good craic. It was a fundraiser for the village hall and RNLI. A late night by the time the washing up was all done. If you are sorry you missed this, check out for listings of other island events - such as Producers Markets, Wild Isles Week.
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