The Alien Within: 40 – Feathers & Cooking
Casualties & Privilege…
It was going to be a quiet relaxing day today, with work to catch up on after yesterday and not a lot else to worry about…
Just settling down to get started and Benson kicks off as something hit one of the living room windows. Jilly beat me outside, where she found this little fella floundering on the drive…
My head still hurts…
These were all taken after about fifteen minutes of quiet hand warming and a little drink and just before I placed it in a safe place in one of our trees. A beautiful Robin just about finished moulting into its Autumn/Winter plumage. I feel very privileged it stayed so calm and allowed me to photograph it while sitting on my hand. A real, if unexpected, treat to start the day.
So I then settled down at my desk and carried on with the work I had started before being so rudely (?) interrupted. Jill left for work as usual at around 1130 hrs.
I had to pop down for my midday pills and, as I was fetching the water something hit the kitchen French door window. As I was in the kitchen I could immediately see the culprit, as a young Starling was laying on its back, having bounced off the glass. At first I thought it had died on contact as it was quite an impact. But when I went out it was still breathing and its eyes were following me.
I gently picked it up, without a struggle, and went through the same routine as with the Robin earlier. Quiet hand warming and a little drink. It took this little fella a little longer to recover, but eventually it was alert enough to place on a convenient tree branch to fly off when it was ready, which it did at some point. Unfortunately, I completely overlooked the photo opportunity, but it was just as calm on my hand as the Robin was and gripped my finger, just sitting and watching for a good couple of minutes.
Two birds in one morning, awesome privilege to be so up close and personal with such beautiful and trusting avian friends.
I am afraid the rest of the day passed without further excitement, save for our Froomey having a fall early on in Stage 11 of La Vuelta a España and really struggling to keep up with the leaders afterwards! I think his chances of the double are extremely faint now…
Other than that, today has been a good day with very little by way of troublesome side effects and plenty of energy. So much so that Jill left me making dinner, while she hightailed it for a piano lesson she was running somewhat late for, having completely forgotten it until I reminded her when she arrived home from work and shopping!
Tomorrow is consultation day prior to next week’s Chemotherapy cycle. We are hoping the PET Scan results will be available too…
NEXT: Cycle 2 – Day 18
WOW! Two birds in one day? I’d say that’s a sign of something good to come…. That little robin is just so beautiful, and so calm!
Good luck with your scan results my friend… sending you lots of hugs. And Jilly too… 🙂 xo
Ha! My daughter said that when she saw the Robin iMages! 🙂
Thank you Catkin, love ‘n hugs backatcha… x x
Beautiful robin! Sound like both birds benefitted from your TLC.
I like to think so, just as I benefitted from their trust… 🙂