Sunday, June 29, 2008
So, Tuesday afternoon we headed off to the Lahave Islands. On the way there, we stopped to watch a bald eagle. He was magnificent. Here he is, after being chased by several seagulls....brave souls.He decided to take another chance, and flew off with some seagulls in pursuit. Wonder what he did to get them riled up?After one wrong turn, we arrived at the cottage safe and sound. After some chatting on the deck, we took a lovely boat ride. Do you think we made it through this narrow passage? Well, we did! The sun came out and we toured a couple of bays. Here is our host with his cottage in the background.The photo below was taken after we toured our host's new neighbour's cottage...a 2.2 million dollar cottage. Gulp. After touring the neighbour's cottage, we headed back to the boat where I managed to fall down some seaweed covered rocks and land on my backside. Mostly I landed on my elbow and my camera (and ego) took a beating. I then bled all over the boat (a wooden boat, thank goodness...blood washes off). The starfish in the photo fared better than I did...back into the ocean he went after his photo op.And, a photo of my favourite man.
Back to our host's cottage for a tour there before heading home. A beautiful cottage, and a beautiful evening.
Friday, June 27, 2008
In the meantime, they are still in the dog crate. They graduated from the plastic bin a week ago. The first day they were in the crate, one of them got out...they are still too small for the bars to hold them in. So I lined the crate with cardboard boxes.
They still don't fly around but can hop up on top of their water jug. John found all three of them together one day. They do that a lot. We added a branch from one side of the crate to the other, but we haven't seen them on it yet.We stopped turning on the heat lamp this week, and they seem to be fine. Soon we'll move the crate down into the coop.
Time to go clean out their temporary home...the fun side of farming!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
And, one last photo. This is a little tourist shop which was closed the day we were there. It looks like they might have some interesting things. The outside is certainly full of character!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Just a lovely afternoon. Can't wait to go back.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tomorrow we're off to an auction at a farm, then to an ox pull, and then a Blue Grass family night at a local community centre. Never a dull moment here in the country.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The photo above shows the feathers starting to grow on their wings. One of the reasons you have to wait 6 weeks before letting them loose outdoors is that it takes 6 weeks for them to grow all their feathers.Can you see the size difference in the 3 birds? There is a noticeable difference when you look at them. As I mentioned in an earlier post, 2 of the birds were 3 days old and 2 of them were only 1 day old when we picked them up. I think the keet on the right is one of the younger ones, and the one we lost was one of the younger ones too. It's amazing what a difference 2 days can make in a bird's life!And isn't this a sad photo? Cassie and Mulligan are very curious about our guineas. They are outside in our screened in porch looking in on me in the shed with the keets. I'm not sure if they want to be friends with the birds or eat them!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Yesterday brought another hot & sunny day...over 30C...but we're back to cooler and duller weather today. A good day for getting things done.
The day started off badly. One of our keets died during the night. I think I know the problem, but we may lose at least one more keet who looks in bad shape (shivery). Dampness is a real danger to keets. Keets can be killed by damp if their mother leads them through wet grass. After finding a dead keet, I was cleaning the papers from the bottom of their bin. The papers were all damp. We had been moving the bin in and out of the crate on Sunday so Miss M could pet and hold the keets, and probably spilled some of the water from their bottle. I had also spilled some when refilling the trough. I thought I was being brilliant by using a rubbermaid bin instead of a cardboard box, but the plastic bin would keep everything damp whereas a cardboard box probably would have dried.
Fingers crossed we won't lose another one.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Here is Jessica holding one of the keets. This is her first time incubating guineas. She sells chickens and geese, and now guineas and peacocks. Apparently it's recommended to get day old guineas (rather than adults) so that they bond with their location. If you get adults, it's quite likely that they'll fly away and head back to their original location.
We transferred the keets from Jessica's cardboard box into our rubbermaid bin. They'll stay in the bin for a week or so, and then we'll move them to a larger space.
We put the bin into a large size dog crate. The crate is wrapped in cardboard boxes and a blanket to keep the drafts out. Can you see the four of them in the corner? They are on top of their food dish (4 cavities from a cardboard egg carton) filled with turkey starter. There is also a watering dish (the dish is filled with rocks until the keets get bigger...so they don't fall in and drown), a light and a thermometer. The temperature for their first week is supposed to be 95F. I tried and tried, but couldn't get the temp above 80F. But they seemed to be fine...chirping away and bopping around to the food and water, and pecking at the straw.
Now that we've made it through the first 2 days with no problems, our biggest concern is the dogs. Cinder (our 12 year old Giant Schnauzer) isn't interested in the keets at all. Mulligan and Cassie are very curious and always want to go into the shed to see them. Here is a photo showing their first introduction.Not to worry...I was holding their collars so the couldn't grab the keets. I'm hoping if we show them to the dogs every day the dogs will get used to having them around and won't try to eat them!
So the keets are nice and cute right now. I pick them up several times a day to get them accustomed to me (hoping that all this will keep them around and not fly the coop so to speak!). Want to see what they'll look like in a few weeks? Click here for some more information from Wikipedia.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today has been interesting so far. I've been up on the roof helping to fix some shingles, and I've painted the stairwell. The only painting I've done in the house so far is the upstairs hallway. I painted it before our furniture arrived, knowing that heavy furniture would be placed in the hallway and the walls would be much easier to paint without moving furniture around (our upper hall is about 9 feet wide and is now John's office, as well as my mini library).
And...John was into town today to buy "turkey starter". Any guesses what that is for? Stay tuned.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Moving 1600 kilometers is a different story. We've been busy discovering the fun things...new places to eat, new places to see, and new things to do. We've also been busy trying to figure out where to buy groceries, where to buy meat (we used to go to a butcher, but it seems the best place for meat is the Superstore), where to get our hair cut, get a new doctor, the best hardware stores, where to bottle wine, etc, etc. It's falling into place gradually.
I won't kid you...it hasn't been easy and it has been a big adjustment. Our worst problem has been getting used to ticks. The tick experience has coloured everything else, and has made it harder to adjust. I'm not talking about one or two ticks. I'm talking about sending the dogs out for less than 5 minutes, and having them come back in with over 25 ticks on them. Yuck. But, we're dealing with it. Dealing with ticks has got us off on a new adventure, which I'll be posting about in the next few days or weeks.
But...we have discovered some wonderful beaches. We are not just fair weather beach people. We like going to the beach in rainy weather too. Sunday May 25th, we headed out with a picnic to take a look at a couple of beaches close by. The first one we visited was Crescent Beach. There is a sign posted that you can drive out onto the beach "at your own risk". Well, there were a couple of vehicles on the beach, so we gave it a try. Was the tide out or in? We didn't know for sure, but it looked to be going out. Here's a view of the dark and rainy sky.
Crescent Beach is very long, and quite narrow. It's a beautiful sandy beach, that has a very gentle slope. It will be a great place to bring our granddaughter Miss M when she comes to visit.We had a lovely picnic...nothing special...a couple of types of cheese and crackers, some olives and apples. We had our binoculars with us and watched a fisherman out in the bay pull up lobster traps.
Crescent Beach leads to an island community, which we spent some time driving around. We didn't cover the whole area...but will do that on another trip. We then headed out to Risser's Beach to check it out. Risser's is only about 5 minutes from Crescent Beach. Risser's is part of a provincial park and has camping facilities. We headed out to the boardwalks first.
I'm not sure how long the boardwalks are, but I think we walked for 20 minutes or so on the boardwalks and then we came to the beach.I'm looking forward to visiting on a sunny day. The beach seems to go on forever....another lovely sandy beach with a gentle slope that will be wonderful for Miss M. We walked along the beach to the outbuildings (which weren't opened yet) and then back to our car.
Not a sunny Sunday, but a lovely day nonetheless.