you may think what a strange title for this post?? What is he on about. In a nutshell, I look into the nest that I can each morning to check on the chicks. Well what a shock they are gone. No signs of any disturbance ie a fox. Simply flown away. Boo Hoo.
The Faux or False Pregnancy for Sasha. She was in heat about a week or 10 days ago. She has been playing ( actually acting like a Hussy ) with the two boys Toddy n Scooby. She is now out of heat. However she is showing all the symptoms of pregnancy. I googled info and found that many female dogs in their older years will have a false pregnancy. This means she lactates, nests and does not eat as much. So as I get older I still learn things.
Now my baby, with her false pregnancy.
Even though the UK is in the midst of a Heatwave. Soups are still on my menu. Yum Yum Today a pot of Cock a Leekie.
Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scottishsoup dish of leeks and chicken stock, often thickened with rice, or sometimes barley. The original recipe added prunes during cooking, and traditionalists still garnish with a julienne of prunes.  Anne Mulhern of Glasgow’s Willow Tearooms suggests that the reason for the addition of prunes dates back to times when only boiling fowls were available and prunes were added to increase the nutritional value of the broth.
While it is called “Scotland’s National Soup,” it probably originated as a chicken and onion soup in France. By the 16th century, it had made its way to Scotland, where the onions were replaced with leeks. The first recipe was printed in 1598, though the name “cock-a-leekie” did not come into use until the 18th century.
I was Happy to hear that an old friend from Belleville Lynda Hultquist , followed and thoroughly enjoyed the recipe for Cullen Skink.
Keep on following us….We are having a blast 2 new sits now on the Spet horizon. A trip to Inverness for 2 weeks, then all the way south to Sussex where we will be sitting on a Canal Boat.
Then 9 Oct return to Scooby and Toddy in the Borders.
Today the hounds and I ventured to visit Caerlaverock Castle:
Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on the southern coast of Scotland, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south of Dumfries, on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Caerlaverock was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned. It was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 17th century, the Maxwellswere created Earls of Nithsdale, and built a new lodging within the walls, described as among “the most ambitious early classical domestic architecture in Scotland”. In 1640 the castle was besieged for the last time and was subsequently abandoned. Although demolished and rebuilt several times, the castle retains the distinctive triangular plan first laid out in the 13th century. Caerlaverock Castle was built to control trade in early times.