Friday, October 18, 2019

Old World Quail

Hello to All!
Autumn sure has approached 
us here in the North.
The trees are in full bloom.
The wild Turkeys are foraging for food more. 
 Squirrels are gathering black walnuts and acorns.
The Deer are getting their dark brown winter coats. 
 Crows and Bluejays are squawking.
The Blackbirds are coming together
for their migration South,
along with the Canadian Geese.
Like our birds that migrate South for warmth,
we humans up here are nesting inside more.
Furnace is on and all is well. 

Back in early Spring I decided that my
Christmas theme this year would be a
"Colonial Christmas"

This Summer the ladies of the historical society
 had asked us to be on this year's holiday tour.
  I don't want to jinx myself,
because the final houses have not yet been revealed.
The route for the house tour is determined by
the houses that are willing to do this.
Keep your fingers crossed for us.  

Since we might be on the tour,
I started back in September to decorate
for Christmas starting with our bedroom,
so not as much Autumn decor was put out.

Let me begin by saying that even though
 I wanted to do a Colonial Christmas,
 this is just my version.
The Colonists did not celebrate
 Christmas as we do today;
 even though Colonial Williamsburg
would like you to believe they did.
My upcoming  Colonial Christmas version
 will not be from the 1700's either.
Just my own interpretation of it.

Today I would like to talk about my colonial
partridge in the pear tree.

Now mind you the first Christmas tree did not
appear until the 1850's.
Again this Christmas theme I have chosen
will be my interpretation
of a colonial one.

However the song the 12 Days of Christmas
was written in 1790.
A verse from that song was
"my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree"

This gave me the idea for my first colonial christmas tree.  

I printed a page of colonial writing on brown 
cardstock {first pic} and with a quail pattern
that I drew out,
cut out 6 quails for my tree.

Old World Quails back in the 1700's
were called partridges. They were brought over
from England and are smaller than our present
New World Partridges which are found out West.
These partridges are now called
 the Common Quail, 
and are found throughout the East.
They nest on the ground and their diet
consists of seeds and small insects. 

The Old World Quails are smaller and plumper
than their cousins the New World ones.
Originally there were 6 species of these quails
across the world, however two are now extinct.
The New Zealand and Canary Island quails.

My last picture gave you a sneak peak
of my Partridge in a Pear tree.

Hope you stay tuned as I show you more
in the upcoming months
of my version of a 
"Colonial Christmas"
and the research I uncovered.

Old World Quail Blessings To All!


  1. Wonderful theme, fingers crossed...can't wait to see your intpretation in decoration.

    1. Thanks Jacky, I need it! Am actually having fun decorating each weekend without the pressure of getting it done in a month. LOL Janice

  2. Love your quail design. Eager to see all your wonderful ‘Colonial’ seasonal decorations! (Hope your home is chosen, but if it isn’t- you’ll have a gloriously decorated home !)

    1. THank you Rose. If we do not get chosen, will still have parties so others can enjoy! Janice

  3. This is so interesting. I love to learn the history behind your theme.
    Good luck with this. I'm looking forward to seeing your decorated house tour on your blog when you are ready.
    So much better than how Christmas is celebrated with too much stuff.
    Simplicity is lovely.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. Thank you Julia. Yes this year will be more simpler with lots of faux greens so my kitties are safe. Janice

  4. I love your quails. They are really lovely and I know the tree will be even more so full-on. I hope your house is selected. Smart to get a bit of a head start!

    1. Thank you Jeanie! I think this is my favorite tree right now. There will be three full size ones. Janice

  5. The quail idea is really clever and I love you idea of the quail tree theme. Hopefully, after all of your work so far, your home will be on the final Christmas tour list. If not, then just have a big Open House so friends and family can enjoy how lovely your home looks!

    1. Thanks Winnie! Will have friends and family over even if we are not chosen...but fingers crossed we are picked. Janice

  6. How very exciting for you and a lovely way to use up all of those wonderful antique pieces.

    1. Thank you Cathy! Yes I will be showing off many of our antiques. Janice

  7. Oh, you bet I will stay tuned! This is going to be fun. I love your quails! Now, you are making me want to do something a little different for Christmas this year! I wish I could be on that holiday tour!

    1. Thank you for staying tuned in. I am actually having fun decorating and being able to get it perfect without the rush. Janice

  8. How fun! A Christmas tour of your home would be the best..that's my vote anyway! Good luck and I think your theme will be great...I can't imagine decorating so soon but then I'm not giving a home tour!

    1. Yes it will be fun! Yes it is a bit daunting because it has to be perfect...but also fun! Stay tuned. Janice

  9. What fun. Fingers crossed for you. My previous home was on a fall house tour. So stressful getting ready.
    Love your quail!!!

    1. How fun to be on a tour yourself! I think that is why I started so soon, because I can sit back and look at displays and change them right now...which is what I have been doing. Janice


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