Friday, May 25, 2007

Quail from heaven - Exodus 16:13

Unfortunately quail didn't come and settle all over my garden, I had to go buy them from the market. It's what you get for being an atheist - no free quail.
They only cost 2 Euros each. We bought 4 females and one male, and put them in with the pigeons.

They are as happy as anything and gave us 2 eggs the very next day. They are practically tame. Unlike the pigeons, who defend their nests when I go to ring the chicks, the quail leave their eggs and don't mind being picked up.
The quail eggs are very pretty and make a lovely wee aperatif. They will stop laying in Autumn, and then they will get the chop. Poor things. We will have had eggs all Summer, and 5 very cheap quail to eat in winter. Next Spring we'll buy some more. It's a bargain.
(I case you didn't know, also in Exodus 16 - after the stuff about quail and manna falling from heaven we have one of the earliest examples of conversion of units. Apparantly an omer is one tenth of an ephah. So now you know)


At 3:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're probably better off buying your own quails. I don't think that manna stuff was bread!

Exodus 16:14 "And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground."

It sounds more like bird shit to me!

BTW, welcome to the Atheist Blogroll--DocMike

At 6:31 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're going to EAT the quail? How can you? They are too cute. Also too friggin' little to mess with, although they are supposed to be delicious with blackberry sauce. We have wild quail here, the native California kind with the little feather dingus on top. Blackberries, incidentally, also grow wild here.


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