As it's generally pretty quiet on the farm in winter, I'd love some guest posters to come and talk about their best beastie friends. Do you have a story to tell or know someone who does?
Meanwhile, I'm saddened to announce that my house is a little quieter today with the passing of another of my parakeets. My little flock were all of an age when I first brought them home to their outdoor aviary built on the side porch of the house where I used to live.
Over the last year-and-a-half I've lost a number of the flock, mostly to age simply catching up with them. It won't be long now before I'm down to one sweet bird, and I'm already tearing up at the thought of how that 'keet will feel being alone when all its life it's had the companionship of others. It's so clear how much they love and depend on one another.
I know the day when the last of the flock is gone will be here sooner that I can ever prepare for. The constant chatter of the 'keets has made this house feel so much more alive. I'm not looking forward to the day when the last of the chatter dies.