Cats and birds
One of the truly fascinating things about living here is the rain actually is
clean, your windows are cleaned by the rain except in one particular case.† Karen had cleaned the windows ready for the
arrival of my cousin Dave and his family when a flock of seagulls flew over and
in a masterly display of synchronised precision bombing three windows were
liberally covered with guano.† These
deposits were the one thing that the rain couldnít wash clean.
We are blessed with a big garden and a large patio window and door which means
I can sit and watch the birds.† Iíve
never been able to see them so well and Iíve never seen such a wide
selection.† As a consequence of my
interest my Christmas presents included a CD rom of British birds and membership
of the rspb.† I now go into the garden
flashing my membership card but the birds are totally unimpressed however I did
get a free bird feeder with my membership and we are getting blue tits
breakfasting. Itís surprising to see birds that are not nervous and ready to
fly away, I watched a blackbird hop across the garden up the ramp not more than
6 feet away from me (I must explain that I was behind the patio window) and
then into our partly built conservatory. I must now stop before I start
sounding like Jack Hargreaves.
After about two months the cat got fed up with going out and reverted to her
London ways and only goes out when she has to.†
Lately she has taken to catching mice.†
One Saturday night at about 4 oíclock we were awoken by the scrambling
noises of a cat playing with a half dead mouse, a few weeks later the cat comes
in with what we imagined was a squeaky toy but was a live mouse.† Why is it that when cats bring you a present
its always a dead bird, mouse or various parts of them, why canít they bring
useful things like chocolate or curry.
Our conservatory is nearing completion and is exceeding expectations.
Ralph Ďnow able to recognise eight birdsí Edmunds