Sunday, 13 June 2010
Last night as I settled Nettle in my bedroom, (on my bed!) she likes to go up reasonably early, acutally at times she likes to go up unreasonably early! I glanced out of the window and the light, the light was amazing, the sun was just touching the tops of the trees, the lower halves were in shade and although green and vibrant, did not have that glistening gold that sun gilden leaves have. The walnut tree that is always about a month later than all the other trees had tiny parts of it touched by the light, as the sun shone through the oaks between the walnut and the westering light. There were heavy black clouds in the distance, looking dense enough to walk on, and the seed heads of the grass in the field next door were back lit and shone out, I knelt by the window and just watched as the light changed, later as the sun dropped I saw a fox trotting across the field over the road and watched as it stopped and waited for something that was moving in the grass, it was a time to cherish and I did.

I am down to the last half pound, or whatever it is in metric, of butter, and a very weird loaf of bread that I found in my deepfreeze. I am not 100% sure that bread with olives in it and a somewhat old jam makes for the best of breakfasts, but I have not found the time to go shopping for about a month now, so it was sort of OK, the olives added a crunchy element to the bread and jam that was interesting, and at least the jam had no discernable mould! I am also on the last bottle of bubble bath, so shopping will have to happen soon!

This day three years ago myself and a great team of people in the US were packing up the birds in South Carolina to come back to the UK, note I do not say to come home, because although it was coming back to my home country, as at the time I still had no home to go to. It was a superb operation, done in military style and we packed up 169 live birds, some dead ones, the last of my stuff, and the dogs in an amazingly short time, even having time for sandwiches and strawberries!! It was amusing to watch the staff at the center in the US follow us round in a golf cart, to make sure we did not take anything we should not have done, although what they thought we were going to remove heaven alone knows as we could only take the birds we had paperwork for and apart from aviaries and fixed perches which might have been a little difficult to remove there was nothing there!! To my even more intense amusement I knew that mr eliott had actually camped out in my empty old trailer over night to ensure the safety of his property!!! What he thought we were likely to do defies imagination, but one has to remember that most people judge others by their own standards........... I should add I had an amazing team of UK people to help me with all the birds on arrival in Hereford.

It was an amazing day, and very long, much of it is a blur, but I do remember the wonderful feeling of sitting in the cockpit of a Jumbo Jet and seeing how incredibly graceful it was taking off into the rising sun, going east……….. After two years of being in limbo back in the UK and fighting more battles to survive, it is so very good to be home. I looked out of the window again later last night and saw lights on in neighbouring houses and remembered how I would drive back to Eardisland in Herefordshire in the winter months, facing living in a very cold steel barn and envying people with a home, and thinking of furniture and lamps and all the things that make up a home, and a warm fire!! Uuuuuuummmmmmm lovely.

Darcy Spice can now jump three feet and is beginning to get more active and very beautiful, I suspect he is a male. Cremorne is on full demonstration and has no problems with large crowds as we were very busy yesterday. The heavy rain on which ever day it was, has been testing our new drainage and showing us where we need to do more. The puppies are playing on the lawn in front of the house, its tough being a dog here! Karis did the most amazing stoop yesterday from about 700 feet straight into the field, which was much appreciated by the audience and the Steppe Eagles are now feeding their babies properly much to Simon’s relief. We have a half day Experience Day today and then a quieter week next week apart from a trip to London on Wednesday.

1 comments:

snappy said...

Words cannot fully convey how glad I am you finally made it truly home, Mima! We think of you often here.

Melissa

ps I love the Stellers family photos!

Hello

I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHZGQ8i8AwI

HC

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