Monday, 8 April 2013

Camilla Or Could It Be Charles?


Camilla ( or Charles) leaving her/his bachelor pad this morning
Things return to normal today. Chris has already left for the University early this morning and Sorrel leaves on the 10 am train. Trelawnyd, for me will change from a full,constantly " moving" cottage interior , returning to the steady routine of vegetable bed preparation and rooster arse Vaseline dabbing.
April heralds the start of goose eggs season.
Winnie and Jo always choose to drop their large oval eggs inside the goose house and as soon as they arrive, Camilla, the Canada Goose gets ousted from the flock.
It happened last year and no doubt it will happen next year, as suddenly the three domestic geese decide that Camilla cannot be tolerated for the duration of the short egg laying season.
I suspect Camilla is in fact a gander.
Perhaps any professional  " goose person" out there could confirm my  suspicions.I would be grateful
In the meantime, Camilla is shacked up with Bogbrush and his cohorts, and will spend a lonely and slightly sad existence on the periphery of the goose flock until hormones return to normality in a couple of months.
Right, I can hear my MIL stirring so I am off to cook her breakfast.....
I may treat myself to a scotch egg after I drop her off at the station......Marks And Spencer do a cracking quality two pack!
...get me........Marks & Spencer Scotch eggs on a Monday!
How decadent 

Hey ho

51 comments:

  1. The male and female Canada Geese are very similar. The only way to tell them apart is either to weigh them (the female is lighter), or see which one lays eggs. Good luck.

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    1. I suspected as much cro..

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  2. A 'two-pack of Scotch Eggs'. Plenty of scope in that one.

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  3. Every time I read you, I get a hankering for a scotch egg but, so far, have forgotten about it every time I go shopping. Today is the day....the Co-op is calling in Moretonhampstead. I'll let you know how I get on! x

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    1. Co op scotch eggs are not the most flavoursome em.... But I would like a detailed review AND photos

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  4. Isn't it intriguing how a crumbed sausage and a boiled are not anywhere near as yummy as a scotch egg...

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  5. Don't leave them on the roof of the car this time John. lol
    Briony
    x

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  6. Have never seen a Scotch Egg over here....but sure there are some....I will keep an eye open. Wishing MIL a safe trip.

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  7. on a Monday yet...next thing you know it'll be a daily thing...

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    1. Ok..I am putting down the scotch egg.... I am walking away from the scotch egg.....

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  8. Thank goodness you don't have to buy them by the dozen.

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  9. miss having Scotch eggs, and the homemade ones are not as good.

    Gill in Canada

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    1. I bet Canadians would go a bundle on them

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  10. Damn the cholesterol ~ bring on the Scotch eggs !

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  11. Pad the package of Scocth eggs,then strap it in...don't take any chances.
    Jane x

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    1. I am in a post egg eating state........ Don't worry..they were eaten in the car park

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  12. I quite famcy spme toulouse geese but I have a feeling it would be held against me in a court of law. Life must be hard being a lonely goose.

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    1. Geese are delightful creatures kev....I would recommend getting some

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  13. ahhh the domestic trials and tribulations of your feathered flock...then Chris off to work...MIL breakfasted and on her way and a Scotch egg for a treat!!! and a new week begins, hey hey

    if I can figure out how to make a kind of sausage with no animal product in it...then I mean to have me a Scotch egg :D

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  14. There's something to be said for getting back to normal.

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  15. Did you know the Hairy Bikers Pie cook book has a scotch egg pie recipe ;-)

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  16. I think you deserve a Scotch egg or two as a segue between hosting and getting back to normal. I'm glad George didn't interfere with your egg noshing.

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  17. The lone Canada Goose of my acquaintance (Clooney) used to buddy up with the runners when ousted from the goose flock in similar circumstances. Every so often he would have to fly a bit to keep up with them.

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  18. My profession (aka. Paid job) is as a wildlife ecologist,so I can finally offer you some professional advice John! Since Canada geese are not sexually dimorphic (they have the same plumage), in order to tell the sex of the bird you have to get up close and personal with them. This entails grabbing the goose, putting it on its back between your legs on the ground with the head tucked under your body and pressing hard with your thumbs on either side of the vent/cloacal opening. If it is a gander, a corkscrew shaped appendage will pop out. If not, you have a female. On goose banding days we do hundreds of them at a go. We also do bag checks of duck hunters and it is much easier sexing a dead goose than a live one!

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    1. Imagine the havoc the goose could wreak on your undercarriage if you don't pin it down enough! LOL!

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    2. I have seen it in action...not pretty!

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  19. I heave always enjoyed a challenge
    Sounds all rather x rated!

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  20. You have certainly got more to see when sexing a goose. Compared to sexing mice - consider the consequences of making a mistake on that one!

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    1. Trinder...I will give it all a go tomorrow

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  21. Once you get the hang of it the process is quite easy but the first time I tried it I was about bludgeoned to death by a very angry male goose that had no intention of letting me see if he had the....um....corkscrew appendage….. ahem….glad that’s over with.

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    1. Well I will give it a serious go tomorrow

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  22. I am getting really annoyed with you taunting me with your easy access to scotch eggs! I have nowhere in Minnesota to find those scrumptious goodies except at the annual Renaissance Fair and that doesn't begin until fall.
    I suppose I could try to make some but they're sure to be a big disappointment. sigh...

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    1. Thank goodness for easy access.... When you are an addict...you need to get a fix almost daily

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  23. Oh God....I`d kill to be able to nip into Marks. We just get wrap around apron and hand knitted cardi shops here. I remember those huge smooth chocolate buttons Marks used to sell...you know...the ones you don`t have to chew they just slide down!

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    1. It was a long time coming shirl

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  24. Not fussed with M & S scotch eggs but could do with some M & S knickers!

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    1. Send me your size Vera andi will get you some in the post

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  25. Camilla is a Charles? You have to check into her knickers and see?

    is this going to be a goose remake of camillagate?

    oh my!

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    1. Checking a lady's knickers? Not quite my style x

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  26. Okay, that's it. There is an English pub near here, called "Churchill's" and I will see if they offer Scotch egg appetizers. I'll keep you informed.

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    1. I am humming the tune to the twilight zone

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  27. i make scotch eggs all the time. they are a favorite around here!

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  28. Why not treat yourself on Monday? You have earned it many times over.
    Hope you all have a great week, John. ♥

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  29. After reading Spinners End Farm's comment I can see where the gander would be a tad pissed off and doing a number on a man's arse until it's head was brought under control. Now I know where the phrase 'getting goosed' comes from.

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  30. I see you got an expert's answer above, but this is a good short piece on Canada geese and you might even admire the males by the time you're done :)

    http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/research/AAB/009-geese.php

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  31. It's been a while :) and yet, I feel I can confess a chuckle that you are confused about a goose's gender. Hope the Scotch Eggs lived up to your expectations.

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    1. Mo and Steve....they did

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  32. Perhaps you should invent some local variant of Scotch eggs - the famous John Gray Welsh eggs? You could go down in culinary history....

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