Yes, I’m still here, and no I didn’t finish the one-year anniversary posts. Let’s just say life intervened and leave it at that.
So, the picture. No, it’s not — at least not intentionally — a picture of Pippo’s dining bowl and the mess he makes each day with the kibble that goes flying or gets spit out. It’s actually a photo of the blackbird I’ve been watching for the past week or so. If you look closely through the dirty window (dirty thanks to all the rain we’ve had this week) you’ll see the little blackbird with its bright orange beak.
He’s been visiting our achtertuin (back yard) quite regularly, finding snails and various other bits and pieces, most likely to take home for a meal. I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of him, but every time I step into the kitchen to get a picture, he flies off. He doesn’t seem to mind Lola chattering at him, but he doesn’t want his picture taken. Perhaps he’s on the lam or has another bird family somewhere and he doesn’t want to be recognized.