Sunday, 27 May 2012


This week I've been left in charge of watering my parents's garden while they're away taking in the pleasures of Italy.
I took a day off on Friday and I thought it would be better to go over first thing in the morning before it gets too hot.
Everything looked ok until I got to the pond.
I never liked ponds like this.Its very formal with a sunken basin surrounded by limestone rim.
As I approached I could see something floating in the water.It was a young Blackbird and I was a fraction too late.
My heart sank as I thought of how it must have struggled with no hope of rescue.These birds like many other song birds are under threat with numbers dwindling every year.
I couldn't let this happen again so, before leaving, I found some branches and positioned them in such a way so that anything which may have the misfortune of falling in will, at least, have a fighting chance of getting out. 

Well, that's that.I'm sure all of you are wonderfully considerate and nature aware but I just wanted to draw your attention to the dangers that lurk in our gardens.
My parents will be horrified when they find out about this as they are mad about wild life. This silly pond was already there when they moved in last year but I'm sure that they will focus on making it wild life friendly from now on.
See you back soon


Madelief said...

So sad to find a young blackbird dead in your parents pond. I would have been sad too. I am sure the branches will help next time something like this happens.

Have a lovely Monday!

Madelief x

La Brocanteuse said...

Very sad indeed, and thoughtful of you to position the branches in that way..
Hope the rest of the week brings you joy when you visit there on your watering errand.

Het lijstje van brocante said...

What a pity that the bird does not survive ...... you awards they all have a wonderful life .... unfortunately this is not for everyone .... you did your best!!
With warm regards,

Jill said...

Hi Joasia
What a shame I hate it when this sort of thing happens, we have a glass covered area in our garden and we have had a number of birds who fly into it so I have put my bunting across it and it seems to have stopped the birds. You are right the garden can be a dangerous place for wildlife.
Hope you have a lovely week.

...Tabiboo... said...

Oh dear - the poor little thing.

Nina x

Tricia said...

Oh no, how sad! I would've thought about how the poor thing struggled too.

Hope you have a good weekend.

HWIT BLOGG said...

So sad with the bird...
Well, the nature can sometimes be hard.
Take care now and I hope you have a fantastic week!