Wednesday, 22 November 2017

thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I'd pay tribute to an old friend long since gone now.
Boris was a pure delight.
A Norfolk Bronze turkey stag of some age and standing Boris was the king of the Ukrainian Village . He and his sister Grace were gifts from a grateful patient of mine and were hand delivered to the cottage as babies by the patient's daughter.
I knew nothing about turkeys then and I had to learn quicksticks as turkey poults are notoriously delicate creatures who can die easily of disease and the cold.
As Boris grew, he became as tame as a canary and would follow me around in his usual slow shuffle amble. He would spend long periods of time standing by the gate watching cars and people going by and would gobble merrily at anyone who took his fancy. 
Strangely the only person who didn't take his fancy was The Prof and the two shared a rather sharp hate/hate relationship where Prof and Turkey would take potshots at each other when backs were turned.
In the new year I may think of getting another turkey stag. 
They make clean, loyal and rather delightful pets.
And rather good dinners too
( I didn't eat him)



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  1. Anonymous8:48 am

    You ate Boris����������

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  2. I hope you're not trying to promote the idea of 'thanksgiving' for the UK. NO THANK YOU!

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    1. Yes, I thought you lived in Wales, where thre's no restriction on giving thanks every day

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    2. Yes, it's rather stupid to be thankful, huh?

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    3. I like the thought of thanksgiving but I would move the celebration to june

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    4. Surely, Thanksgiving is a 100% American festival.

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  3. He looks like a Norfolk Black not a bronze.

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    1. Yes apologies Bingly was a Bronze

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  4. I was cooing along with you all the way until......that last sentence.

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    1. I didn't eat him

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    2. I suppose I ought to feel relief at that so I'll try to look for some.

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  5. You just want someone else to take potshots at the Prof.

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    1. It was always fun when they fought...the Prof was always more nervous than Boris

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  6. What's the problem with eating Boris!

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    1. He was too old and tough when he died

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    2. .... and you should never eat your friends!!

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  7. Watching animal programmes as a kid my dad would tease me by saying, 'Ooh, that'd make a nice stew'. You've just done exactly the same. Glad you didn't eat Boris. (Do Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving AND Christmas? That's a lot of turkey slaughter)

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  8. I had the feeling you knew your way around a big bird.

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    1. That was a long time ago......

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  9. Loved the photo's of you and Boris. Yes I do think you should get another Turkey (as a pet of course). Probably best to get 2 for company - as long as The Prof is up for it. One the animal front, any news on the companion sheep yet?

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    1. No friend for Irene yet...perhaps when the spring lambs come......in the spring I may get a dozen new hens and a turkey

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  10. I note that you didn't refer much to Grace. Did you give her a good roasting?

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    1. Grace died young. Turkeys are fickle healthier

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  11. Loved that bird ....kids used to love being in the field with him

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    1. I was always fearful he and Bingley would jump at the girls as male turkeys sometimes do when angry but they never did...liv was smaller then him when they first met

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  12. A few yeas ago, I did a school trip to Gore Farm in Somerset. The farmer's wife did a tour of the animals and introduced the kids to 'Gary' her pet turkey. She said he hated her husband with a vengeance, as he saw himself as her beau. Sounds like Boris thought you were his and the prof was competition!

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    1. Boris was incredibly sexual

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  13. I love that first picture of you and Boris! "A boy and his turkey." -Jenn

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    1. Like the film " The Yearling" ?

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  14. Methinks that dislike on the part of Boris was jealousy - turkeys aren't daft, he would pick up your affection for the Prof and think it should all be directed his way. Glad you didn't eat him. I had a couple of geese and had to get rid of them when they became aggressive. Didn't eat them - gave them to a farmer who bred geese for the table and as they were a pair he kept them for breeding.

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    1. Boris , I think was bright as was his follow on Bingley. The female turkeys I owned seemed thick as mince

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  15. He was a handsome chap indeed. I had no idea you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving the same time as us.

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    1. We don't celebrate it at all!
      Perhaps you can answer me a question?
      What dinner do you prefer? Christmas dinner? Or thanksgiving dinner

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  16. Get three or four, one as a pet, one for Christmas, one for . . .

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  17. He looks like an amazing turkey.

    I never thought I'd utter those words, but they're true.

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    1. He was well known in the village and many people used to come. Down just to see him

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  18. Clearly, Boris was JEALOUS of The Prof. And perhaps vice versa.

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    1. I caught the Prof booting Boris up the arse once...... so yes you are probably right

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  19. Oh for goodness sake John, the chickens on your header freak me out, Boris is the stuff of nightmares. Lol x

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    1. hahahah, when I first saw John's blog I looked at the header and said now this is a blog I must look at. Love it !

      cheers, parsnip

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    2. Absolutely not..he was a gentle soul

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  20. Looks like he had a hankering for you, John, and was protecting you from that Prof!! lol

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    1. He did find me rather attractive ...but who wouldn't?

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  21. My husband had a turkey as a pet once. It loved him, but it wouldn't let anyone near his house.

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    1. Maybe it's a turkey/ man thing

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  22. I jokingly responded to your Boris comment on my blog yesterday, but I see now he was a pet you were quite fond of, so, just in case, no offense meant. You are quite the animal lover, and often of animals one wouldn't immediately think of pets

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    1. They have a solemness about them , with jet back eyes and a slow deliberate way of moving. They look thoughtful and I think are

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  23. Although my wife and I are British we live in the US and our children were born here. For many years we have half heartedly "celebrated" Thanksgiving so they wouldn't feel left out. We viewed it as a dry run for Christmas. This year, the boys being grown up, neither will be home so we finally get to celebrate the day the British way...

    ... an ordinary Thursday.

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    1. Yes, I will have to ask the american readers do they prefer thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner?

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  24. You both look very happy. So yes, get another Turkey stag.

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    1. We used to eat lunch together in the cold..sharing a sandwich

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  25. What a fantastic-looking bird!

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  26. A nice trip down memory lane. :)

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  27. He does look rather sweet. I never imagined a turkey could be personable. I think you raise sweet pets, John.

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    1. I always liked one villager's description of him.....
      "Like a galleon in full sail"

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  28. It's the only way I would have a turkey at Christmas .... rescue one and keep him (or her) as a pet :-)

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  29. Boris has stunning plumage and his red wattle is distinguished. I thinks he fancies you John!😊

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  30. I've had many different breeds of turkey and I think they are my favorite fowl.

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