Sunday, June 27, 2010
Last night was one of 'those' nights.....I'm sure you've all had them, the kind where the night disappears so fast and you haven't been asleep for more than five minutes!!
Well last night was one of them...
Yesterday afternoon my neighbours children brought me a fledgling blackbird they'd rescued from the jaws of death.....well, their ginger cat really!
Knowing I've brought up chicks before and not being able to keep it 'cos of their two cats they trustingly brought it to me.
The trouble is it has a broken leg.
Not just a broken leg which I could splint with a matchstick, oh! no this has to be above the leg, probably around the hip joint so the leg is never going to work even if the chick survives.
He doesn't appear to be in pain and sits quite happily in his shoebox on his nest of paper towels.
He's quite well fledged with most of his feathers still intact though part of his tail looks very bedraggled and chewed, his yellow gape is gone and he's feisty and hungry so he probably has a chance.
I can't see any puncture wounds so there should be no infection, cat bites are notorious for that, but he probably needs more specialist care than I can give him so my neighbour will be taking him to the local RSPCA when it opens on Monday morning.
Anyway, I was late to bed, it was gone one thirty am, after watching a film and what with feeding the bird every three or four hour, the night had just seemed to streak away.
It went so fast.
I'd just got off to sleep to be awoken by a loud squawking from 'Bertie' blackbird.....and he was across the landing in another bedroom so you can imagine how loud he was!
I fed him the crushed up and water soaked dried cat food mix and mealworms and he quite happily went back off to sleep.....unfortunately I didn't, well, not straight away.
And when I did, I was woken yet again by a very vocal 'Bertie'.
After a repeat feeding performance I finally got back to sleep to be awoken by a very loud crashing noise!
Wondering what on earth was happening I looked out of the bedroom window to find a silver car had run slap bang into the back of a blue one parked across the road and a local young man emerging from the steaming or smoking car.....this is at five am!!
I pulled on some trousers over my nightwear and went outside to see if he was OK.....he was shook up but seemed unhurt and mad as hell with himself.
He rang his dad but refused to come inside to wait prefering to lie on the grass verge.
Dad appeared in minutes as they only live around the corner and they pushed the car to the side of the road, cleared all the debris, thanked me and left.
The odd thing is that there are other houses much nearer than me and not a soul appeared to have heard anything, didn't even look out of the windows and it was a hot & humid night so windows were open!
I got back in to find 'Bertie' squawking away again, I fed him and logged in to Spark, loaded a few pictures to Flickr and answered some e-mails.
It's now eight am and 'Bertie' is fast asleep.....LOL....I wish I was!!!
Final footnote: My DH slept through all this and is still asleep as I type!!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My DH and I walked part of the Wolds Way on Sunday.
We did around six miles even though it decided to bucket down with rain instead of the light showers we started off with.
We do walk and bird watch a lot when I think about it but it doesn't seem like hard work when you're doing something you enjoy. I'm slower than I used to be but persevere and manage quite well. I'm very good at walking uphill but not much kop at coming down them when I always end up sidling along like a crab...LOL it's to do with the joint I think, no pain going up but pain coming down.
I have an arthritic knee and ankle and recurring problems with piriformis syndrome, morton's foot and a ligament in the back of my knee...this is all in the same leg...LOL...but I find walking through the aches and pains pays off as by the next day I can usually feel the benefit. This week I didn't ache much at all when I set off, that came later back at home when I relaxed, but I slept well and next morning I was more or less ache free again and I'm convinced it does me good by giving me exercise and enjoyment.
High points along with the fresh air and exercise were many and varied:
Being enthralled by a hen harrier catching prey and carrying it back to the nest, hanging in the strong wind with a mouse dangling from her beak but sadly not long enough for me to focus with the camera.
The kyloes with their calves, trusting enough to come quite close to the fence but not quite close enough for you to touch them...so sweet!
Standing on the brow of the dale with the wind in your hair, the carved oak waymarkers pointing the way and the green fields undulating in the background.
Turning a corner from a high hedged lane to see an oilseed rape field sporting a streak of beautiful red poppies across the middle.
Walking through the darkling wood listening to the raindrops pattering on the foliage above our heads.
OK it rained...a lot!! but the fresh air, the sights and sounds more than made up for it and we finished up in a beautiful country pub for tea.....simply delicious and through my wise choices all healthy and on my programme too!!
Was I good or what??
All in all a Wonderful day.
oak waymarkers on the brow of the dale
poppies streak across a field of oilseed rape
Kyloe and calves
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