Bethan’s wedding dress has arrived and she went to try it on
yesterday. She invited me to go with her and I was only too pleased to obligeJ
There are some minor alterations to be made but it is a
beautiful dress with some wonderful appliqué work. The hour-long appointment passed all too quickly but Bethan now
has a better idea of what jewellery to wear. She’s seeing Gee, her chief
bridesmaid, this evening and will ask her advice before she reaches a decision.
Bethan and Gee, about six years old
She and Gee have been friends since they were four years old
and have grown up, grown apart and grown together again. They have a friendship
that is effortless and easy and will last through their lifetimes.
Our suspicions that Bill and Beatrice Crow were expecting the
patter of tiny claws were confirmed last week when we spotted two young.
Demanding . . .
parents are very assertive around us now, demanding food as soon as we appear
in their territory. Bill approaches very close, followed at a safer distance by
his mate. He has always been bold, Beatrice less so, but I suppose the demands
of their offspring have made them both more confident. The two youngsters can
fly but still depend on their parents to provide sustenance.
Beatrice flies off. Bill has pale blotches on his wings.
We cannot tell whether they recognise us, or the dogs, or a
combination of the two. They were a little wary when Elliot, Eve and Louis were
staying with us and accompanied us on an evening walk a couple of weeks ago. They
soon seemed to realise that the children were part of our pack and meant them
no harm. That’s probably anthropomorphic but it’s difficult not to apply human
reactions and reasoning to them. They know the route we normally take and fly
ahead of us and wait for us to catch up.
How much can I fit in my beak?
Bill is greedier and more observant
than Beatrice and tries to collect as much as he can fit in his beak. He picks
up the food immediately and flies off with it. Beatrice is more cautious and picks
it up, then drops it and picks it up again.
Approaching . . .
They are so used to the dogs that they fly down to gather biscuits from the water while the dogs are swimming in it. Invariably they pass over the pond to spot exactly where the food is then swoop down and grab it. Legs and tail feathers are momentarily dipped in the water – a heart-stopping moment for us as we wonder what would happen if they miscalculated and found themselves submerged.
However, strong wings carry them safely away from an environment that is not
their natural element.
This is Bill, with the blotchy wings
Water-softened food . . .
We have not yet managed to take photos of the young ones - they're very wary. We wonder if the youngsters will learn from their parents that
we are a source of food or whether, when they are independent, Bill and
Beatrice will chase them away like other crows.
My youngest daughter is getting married next month and most days there is wedding talk of one sort or another with one or more of the family members. Yesterday Bethan sent me some video clips of wedding processionals, asking which I thought would be most appropriate.
Naturally, having watched the ones she sent I browsed a few more. I thought I’d share one or two with you.
The first one is remarkable for its length. The groom must have wondered if his bride would ever appear.
Dancing down the aisle seems to be popular and great fun but the man in this clip is not convinced of the wisdom of it. In fact he appears to be cringing at the whole spectacle.
Now I have to persuade Barry it would not be a good idea for him to emulate these performers . . .
I was tagged again by mybabyjohn/Deloresfrom ‘The feathered nest.’ The format was similar so I think this game has been
going on in the blogosphere for some time. Again, my apologies for the delay in
responding – I have been busy.
However, the questions are
differentJ and relate to the summer activity of going
on a picnic.
make the food yourself or get take out? We’ll take our own food.
2.Will you use paper plates
or pack real plates? Plates???
3.Country or city park?
Definitely the country.
4.Invite some friends to
come along or not? We might go with family or else on our own.
5.Use a bug spray or a
screened dining tent? Those who need it will use spray.
6.Bring a ball and bat? We
shall take the Kong for the dogs.
7.Pack the kids bikes? If
the grandchildren are coming we might take bikes.
8.Laze around the picnic
site for the day or have an activity planned? You can’t laze around with dogs and
grandchildren . . . There will be walking and playing with dogs and spotting
birds and insects and identifying wild flowers and taking photographs.
9.Hope to find a picnic
table or bring your own folding table? The ground is the best table there is.
the last minute to just go to a restaurant? Never. Not many restaurants will accommodate
your hands in defeat and stay home for a picnic on the deck? That is
entirely possible but not nearly as much fun.
Again, I throw this open to anyone who wishes to participate. Lazy, me??
1. Favourite Book? This changes
according to what I’ve recently read. 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood was fascinating. 'Tschiffely's Ride' by A' by.F. Tschiffely was a book I read in my early teens and made a great impression on me. 'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson is the story of his unbelievable survival in the mountains after a fall that broke his leg.
2. Favourite color? Blue in
3. Sweet/salty food? I used
to have a very sweet tooth but now I prefer salty foods.
4. Gift someone gave me that
I'll always remember? The flowers my husband brought home for me late one
night. He bought them from a flower seller who was tired and wanted to go home.
When I unwrapped them all the heads fell off but I didn’t mind because it was
his kindness to the flower seller that touched me.
5. What is my favourite blog
post? I am not analytical enough in my writing and so all my posts please me –
well, most of them, anyway;-)
6. What annoys me? Public
speakers who ‘umm’ and ‘er’, people who use ‘of’ as a verb as in ‘I should of
gone to bed early’ and too many other things – I’m a crabby old bat.
7. Truth or dare. I’m not
brave so I’ll go for truth – but maybe an adjusted truth . . .
8. Did I collect anything as
a kid? I collected glass animals and displayed them on glass shelves in my
9. Bath or shower? Shower – quicker,
easier, more refreshing.
10. Would you ever use gel pens? I used to use
them a lot when I was teaching – a different colour for every day. Now I use
11. What makes you happy? My
family, my animals, birds, dragonflies, flowers, sunrise, sunset, the scent of
newly mown grass – too many to list.
I'm not good at tagging people so will just leave this open - if you care to play, please do so:-)