Saturday, 12 September 2020

A Pool Party

A family or two of Eastern Bluebirds kept me company as I brushed out our laneway yesterday. They were feasting on wild grapes as well as other types of fruit bearing vines and bushes. While foraging, they chatted among themselves with melodic little twitters. I thoroughly enjoyed their company. In the afternoon they had a refreshing dip in my old and battered birdbath. I have three newer and larger ones including one with a floating solar fountain. But my birds prefer the textured footing provided by the smaller cement and aggregate stone bath. The customer is always right! 











Earlier in the week I had a short trip. I don't mean the kind involving a suitcase and transport. I mean the kind where you find yourself suddenly sprawled out on a hard floor and wondering if you've broken any bones. The toe of a sandal balked at the small threshold of my back porch. The rest of my body continued eagerly forward. A split second later, I was down. First instinct was to check if anyone was watching. There was not. Second thought was if I'd broken anything. I had not. There was only a very light scuff on one knee. I scrambled up and carried on, with a mental note to slow down (and to retire my sandals until Spring). No soreness at all. Until the next morning. My left ankle, right hand pinky and right side of my rib cage all grumbled that they'd been mistreated. On the third day, still minor complaints from those areas. On the fourth day -- felt like it never happened. Funny thing, I did not even sustain a bruise but it appears a seventy-something year old body does not like even a minor fall. So it was a safety advisory -- Slow down and pick your feet up, old girl!


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  1. Lovely Bluebirds, and a delightful splash and clean up, just a shake of the fine feathers and all done. Falling, Hugh especially, cannot help himself when he starts to topple. It happens so quickly, and I am glad you have bones intact, and have recovered OK.

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    1. Sorry to hear that Hugh is fall-prone, Jean. It really is a shock for the older body! I'm fine now, but I have to tell you that only a couple of days later I tripped on a vine while doing some brush work. This time, I fell in slow motion, had a nice four point landing on soft grass. A piece of cake!

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  2. Florence, very glad to hear you're alright! I know you're a tough customer, but I also know how damaging those falls can be, the older we get. Is your farm easy to get to? Well, I sure enjoyed those bathing beauties, what makes 'em so special is knowing how much they're cared for by you. :)

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    1. Yes, my home is right beside a good road, Doug. And I keep my cell phone in my pocket, so if I did break a bone, I could ring for an ambulance and a fine hospital is only fifteen minutes away. Every now and then I get these reminders though, to slow down.

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  3. Yikes, those falls sure can come on sudden like. Amazing how quickly the floor or ground can greet us. So glad you recovered OK.
    Loved that pool party and wish all of them today were so innocent and adorable.

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    1. Ah yes, an innocent and adorable pool party. No booze, drugs or canon-balling show-offs. Just need frequent cleaning and refilling of the little bird pool. I love to watch them having such a good time.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your fall!
    The bluebirds are wonderful.

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    1. Surprised at the effect that little fall had on my old body, Jennifer. I've simply got to be more careful. I sure love those little bluebirds. They are checking out nest boxes for next year and I fully expect to see them return in late March, 2021.

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