I have some very sad news to impart. I posted this a while ago as part of a queue, but on Tuesday 25th July Rainbow flew out of the house from the open kitchen door. She used to perch on top of it and watch me and Thula go in and out but never showed any inclination to venture out herself, and if I tried to walk out with her on my head, she always flew back into the kitchen again, so it was with confidence that I left the door ajar as I did some fence building, which involved kneeling on the ground outside and banging in nails.
Therefore I didn't see her leave the house and it was only when I went back inside to see where she was that I realised she was in none of her usual places. I looked in the garden and the neighbours' gardens but she was nowhere to be seen. Then I went out into the road by the side of my garden wall and was greeted by the sight of a squashed and much driven-over bird immediately outside my back path. At first I thought it was a jackdaw as the feathers were so ragged, but then I looked up and down the street and it was strewn with a mass of grey and white wood-pigeon feathers so my heart sank and I feared the worst, though at least it meant I stopped looking for her and worrying about her being lost.
So it seems that is the end of Rainbow's story and my heart is absolutely broken as she was the most special thing to come into my life just about ever. We were so bonded and she followed me from room to room and just wanted to be with me, nestling down on my knee in the evenings. I have never felt so welcomed each time I came downstairs in the morning or back into the house after a shopping trip. She would fly to the top of this curtain by the front door as I left the house and would greet me joyfully when I returned. I will miss her like crazy. I think she will still appear on these pages as I have hundreds of photos and she has been someone in my life I will never forget. A true companion. In fact, a true love.
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