You may recall just prior to Christmas me urging you to feed the birds during the cold spell we were experiencing. I know lots of you did and I'm sure they were most grateful for the crumbs etc. that we put out. When the weather improved I stopped doing it as I think the birds shouldn't become too reliant on us if other sources of food are available. Obviously this opinion was not shared by one particular bird who, on not receiving any sustenance outside, decided to come in for some!!!! Let me explain…
Last Saturday was my daughter Sophie's birthday so we had all been quite late getting to bed. Her Dad had had a gig in Manchester so was even later getting to bed – about 6.30 am I think, so I was quite suprised to be woken by our son Daniel knocking on the bedroom door and telling me there was a bird in the lounge!! Did I say quite suprised – ok, that is an understatement!!
Barely awake, I followed him downstairs…
… to have a look at the intruder who he had described as a big black bird! He was not exaggerating! It was either a small crow or a large raven, either way it was very BIG and flying around frantically trying to get out poor thing. What to do??? I've always had a bit of a phobia about things like this since watching the Alfred Hitchcock movie!!!
Then my partner Chris suggested we ring the landlord. What a brilliant idea… his house, his chimney, his bird! He only lives round the corner, and when I told him what had happened he came straight round and dealt with it! Apparently it had happened before – the bird had simply fallen down the chimney!
As you can imagine there was a bit of 'mess' to clear up but at least it got out unharmed, and I've got the message and started putting crumbs out again!
It reminded me of a time years ago when Chris and I lived in a top floor flat and a bat flew in through the window! We didn't know how we were going to get it out as it was flapping around in a panic. We left it over night and in the morning it had settled into the folds of the curtains, so I carefully unhooked the curtain and threw the whole thing out of the window! I wonder if you've ever entertained any uninvited 'guests' in your home????
It's been a funny week at QVC with Anthony Heywood leaving us for his Caribbean adventure… we're all going to miss him of course. You know I don't think Anthony ever called me Julia or Jools, it was always JR!! I'm sure we'll keep in touch. It's his leaving do tonight, so I will pop in for a couple of hours before coming into work for the launch of the Tiana B TSV at midnight, which you may just want to stay up for!