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Damon & Renate's Holiday Cottages

Damon & Renate's Holiday Cottages: August 2011

Damon & Renate's Holiday Cottages

Beautiful stone cottages near Oban and on the Isle of Mull

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Location: Taynuilt, Argyll, United Kingdom

Friday, 26 August 2011

Mushroom hunting

I went mushroom hunting last night at our secret location. This was one of the large patches.

I managed to collect over a kilo of chanterelles, and also a few hedgehog mushrooms.

The spines of the hedgehog can be clearly seen at the front, whike the chanterelles are behind.
There was also one cep (also known as penny bun), which i cut up to dry. This will be used for soups in the winter.

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Chicken tales and tails

Pulp, on the right, showing off her newly grown tail feathers after an encounter with a dog in the summer.

Our clutch of 4 chicks have grown up and 3 are clearly cockerels, that are now on their journey to banishment at Torr Na Locha on Mull. We had mayhem trying to catch them this morning, the last one being caught by Ceri grabbing his tail. All the chickens were out of sorts afterwards.

The very red comb so young is a sign of cockerel. Below is the only hen from the clutch, Poppy, who is feeling rather lonely this morning.

Speckles, who succesfully brooded the chicks, has been broody again for a while, neglecting herself. Her comb has gone all floppy again, so she is in the hutch on the front lawn during the day to try and break the habit.

We are down to 3 to 4 eggs a day now. Poppy should start to lay within a few weeks.