Thursday, 1 March 2012
Happy St David's Day
I know none of the above have anything to do with St. David (as far as the world at large knows), but the most attractive symbol of our national day (we barbarians known as Welsh that is), is the dragon.
The large black one on the left goes by the name of Ivor Llewellyn Pendragon, his small Padwan is Rhodri.
No excuse, the names came out of nowhere.
For a long time now I have been considering acquiring another cat, but while I still cannot take the final step I'm making do with my slightly sinister silent companions.
Fiddling about with my camera the other day I hit on Ivor as a subject and took a few awful pictures of him, then this morning I added little Rhodri to the equation and while the light is very poor, hence bad picture - well that's my story anyway - waiting for the fog outside to lift looks like an all-day task so I chanced a shot.
Ivor is carved from coal from the last deep mine in Wales and has lived with me in exile for some 20 years.
Rhodri, bless his little plastic heart, belonged to my late aunt who shared my passion for both cats and dragons. Proof of superior iltelligence of course.!
She also shared my love of birds, which brings me to my good deed for St David's day.
Those of you who are regular readers will know that I have been a member of British Trust for Ornithology for some time. How much time was something I hadn't thought about until a week ago when I received a letter from Mike Toms head of ecology at the trust.
To my amazement, I find that I have been a member of the garden birdwatch scheme since October 1998, during which time I have submitted 671 weekly reports.
The long and short of the letter was that the BTO are seeking more recruits to this valuable research and asked for any help I could give.
Of necessity, due to my being a non-driver and 76 years old this restricts any peripatetic activity on my part so I thought I'd put out the details in a blog.
Obviously this will reach only a few people, but might just encourage some of them to either participate themselves or persuade others to consider doing so.
Membership/participation in the Garden Birdwatch Scheme costs only £15 per year and all the returns sheets are sent to you together with a magazine 4 times a year.
The address is: British Trust for Ornithology
Norfolk IP24 2PU.
This is such a very valuable piece of research and can give the participants so much pleasure, and takes only a matter of seconds a few times a day.
There. Deed done.