Thursday, October 19, 2006

Tiny treat

Just watched the loveliest thing I've seen in ages. It was a wren taking a bath in one on my horse troughs. I have a pot of marsh marigolds in there, and it was beside them, where the water was shallow. It was having a ball, wriggling, writhing and wallowing in pure delight.

I have some thick ivy on one of the walls and I think it hides out in there most of the time. They are one of my favourite garden birds, and global warming is suiting them, as they used to die in huge numbers in hard winters.

More about them here


Blogger The Elusive Loo said...

Wrens are one of the loveliest birds. I've got a family of blue tits moving back in to the bird-box after the summer. I'd love to know where they've been!

9:23 pm  
Blogger PI said...

What a joy to watch. Who needs TV?
Read the Onion book again today whilst waiting for a 'flu jab. I seem to notice a little more each time and it still moves me. Did you make it up with your sister? I have had a turbulant relationship with mine!

10:03 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

No we no longer speak. There was a whole lot of "back story " to it.
The illness just brought a lot of things in focus, and I decided I'd had enough. I miss one of nieces very much, but can understand how she found it difficult to try and walk a line between us.

I'm glad you find the book worth reading, it took me months to shave away at the draft, and choose the precise words that i wanted. I got your cheque and nice card, thanks. Sorry about the arthritis it must be painful.

12:11 am  
Blogger PI said...

Forgive me being nosy - it sounds similar to mine - younger sister etc.
The thumb is a bugger but how could I possibly grumble - at my age? I'm no saint - so i do!

1:04 pm  
Blogger nmj said...

apprentice, sorry to read about you and your sis, illness is VERY good at making or breaking family bonds i have found . . . am sad for you that you miss your niece, i have young nephews (two and five yrs) and they are my angels (though they can be devils too, like all wee ones). i just don't see them enough, they are not in scotland.

3:07 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thanks nmj. My nieces are grown up, both in their thirties. My sis had them both very young - i was only 16 when the first one was born. I helped to bring them up when they were small. I now have a grand niece and nephew but haven't seen either of them.

I'm glad your nephews bring you pleasure. Children are very good at concentrating on the moment. N, my friend, has a three year old grandaughter and I see her a lot. She's great fun. I did some pictures of the two of them together yesterday. N likes to send lots of pictures over to relatves in Spain.

5:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That wren would be so cute to see in the horse trough. It's the simple things that give us the most pleasure - the innocent and the unsophisticated.

1:01 am  

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