CHAOSTOCOSMOS

Sunday, 21 August 2005

Watch the birdie

Now, of course, you can't see them at this scale, but young Balu here was sitting, utterly transfixed on the windowsill, watching a flock of swallows swooping and diving.

(Yeah, and I had great fun watching his head moving in sync, like one of those nodding dog ornaments you see in the back of cars!)

The other day, I couldn't help being distracted by a flock of wild canaries - there must have been about 100 of them - as they all alighted onto the telephone wires.

And while I was keeping an eye on the clouds that were coming up the valley the other day - you dare not let one of those get into the house - I spotted Khan sitting in the field next door, transfixed on five or six geese, belonging to my neighbour, Juan.

I'd forgotten about them actually, because they are normally kept in a pen far enough away that you wouldn't know they were there, unless you go down the other end of my backyard (it has enough vines to make 200 liters of wine, so it is sizable).

Now I remember ... One day that Juan was working in the field and, everywhere he went, they were following him like puppies. I was relieved at the time that I am not the only one around here: it's bad enough having five cats who will follow me everywhere - I am sure I am known as "that mad foreign woman with the cats".

The geese were smaller then. Now they are each bigger than a cat, and Khan was certainly keeping about a 20 foot distance. The cats bring in a steady stream of prey; small rabbits, canaries, mice, rats, lizards by the gross, but I don't think - gee, I hope - none of the cats is going to come in dragging a goose any time soon! :)

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