Wildlife of the Day !

Wildlife of the Day !


November 2012


Whatever the time of year there is always something interesting to see around House of Mark. As I sit here working away on my computer two magnificent stags are grazing less than 300 yards from the window. Looking so regal – one can understand why these handsome ‘boys’ are known as the ‘Monarch of the Glen’! (as painted by Sir Edwin Lanseer).

As I move into the dining room just outside the window three red squirrels nibble away at the peanuts from the bird feeder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmI0205JvGo, occasionally scampering after each other playfully on the lawn. The Great Spotted Woodpecker ignoring them completely as he pecks away at another feeder. Most guests have also enjoyed watching these antics during breakfast time.

Distractions from my work – yes, but I think I am a very lucky person, don’t you?


 

White Tailed Eagle

White Tailed Eagle


October 2012


Excitement abounds just had my first sighting of a pair of White Tailed Eagles, also known as Sea Eagles … majestic raptors reintroduced to Scotland since becoming extinct.

Make no mistake! these are big birds, flying barn doors. Right on the door step encircling Loch Lee and the mountain lochs, swooping silently waiting till the next meal can be snatched from the waters. Four times the size of a buzzard,  two and a half metres wing span and at over one metre high; yet patience is required to see this the UK’s largest bird.

Take a peak at this   http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/White-tailed_Eagle#p005fsb9

what do you think?

House of Mark wildlife tours don’t forget your binoc’s, camera,  yummy lunch /dinner if you wish….hope to see you soon.


 

Wedding at House of Mark

Wedding at House of Mark


September 2012


Wedding! Wedding! Wedding! … all a rush… no Fixit being calm ignited into military mode arranging all to minute detail – just like a Fredrick Forsyth novel. “Can I get married at  House of Mark?”  said the bride-to-be. We replied ‘of course’, had a stiff drink in the aftermath of consideration of the “all to dos” oh and don’t forget the flowers!

My role was the creation of the Wedding menu, to be based on a totally Scottish local food theme with a touch of “me”. Hendrick’s Scottish Gin and Concombre Sorbet; went down a treat!

I think Fixit had the microphone for lunch … MC and all that, the Marquee within the walled garden glistened in the sunshine. Oh, by the way, thanks to all for making the Wedding day go zoomingly.

They say every picture tells a story…

 


 

What do think of First Born ?


May 9th, 2012


Before

For a number of years, I have kept Guinea Fowl, they are amazing ‘watch dogs’ making a lot of noise when strangers or predators (e.g. Mr. Fox) approach the property, especially at night when roosting in the trees. They love to roam around the garden all together mopping up the insects including midges and tics but thankfully ignoring the plants. The labs are often seen stretched out in the sunshine amongst the guineas and are protective of each other. This year for the first time I decided to try to hatch some Guinea Fowl eggs. After 28 days incubation, I returned from visiting friends to find my first keet (guinea chick), what a sweet little bundle of fluff! Panic stations, find heat lamp, box, bedding etc.  The following day two more keets!

After

Now some of you may ask are the Guineas for eating? NO WAY!!  Although delicious to eat these are my pets, they do have a rather exotic touch, not one would say beautiful – just different!


 

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