Despite being far from home and loving my time here…I can’t help feeling gutted at the mess back home.
An hour ago an email from The Man about seriously depleted supplies in supermarkets. And now this, from one of the artists in my book group.
And in much of the African Continent the drought still claims lives.
I’m sitting here, watching pigeons circling against clear blue sky, sunshine (albeit weak!) lending an air of sparkle. ..
To begin my day…
Hands up all those who push a button on their cell phones for “take out” now and again? Is it delivered by someone driving a mini-van, perhaps with a goofy big plastic pizza on the roof?
Or does it come to your door the old-fashioned way? Like this…
It made me smile.
Various animals have featured in my life. The usual domestic pets, farm animals, feral pests (shh! don’t tell the Ranger!) wildlife in various countries…
In London there was a very bold squirrel. She’d come into my apartment and perch on the arm of my chair, hoping for a handout. Yes, I’m a sucker for a cute ball of fur – she’d get a snack. And it didn’t take her long to learn that I kept nuts in a box on the sideboard.
It was summer and I never closed the garden door at night unless it rained. One morning, I woke to hearing a scrabbling noise…there was Scampi-the- Squirrel, ripping into the box of nuts!
I don’t know how far away her drey was, but in late Spring, she brought her latest brood to” meet the crazy woman who’ll feed you, kids!”
First, Scampi would appear on the garden wall.Then, after a minute or two, smaller versions of Scamps would follow and would wait on the wall, just under the pear tree (escape route, I guess) for Scampi to return, mouth stuffed with nuts. Eventually, they came closer and one even grew bold enough to venture into the kitchen.
A happy summer…I missed them when I moved across town.
The cat was less pleased.
I’m off to see more sights; maybe take more pictures…
Footnote: This a Carolina Grey, as was Scampi. That’s fine here, but the greys in England pretty much wiped out the native red squirrels.