Motherhood again!


Posted by Pippa , May 08,2002,16:47   Archive

My cat Charlie "brought" me three wee baby thrushes last night. After giving them first aid for shock I have spent the entire day feeding them every twenty minutes and wiping their bums! Children don't change , do they?!!
I am taking some photographs and will send them into the album here. Thrushes are scarce here now so the Royal Society for the Protection of birds is delighted that i am trying to save them. I have had them in a hanging basket hung from a tree, and every time they catch sight of me they yell "MUM! I'm STAAAARVING!" I have brought them indoors tonight as they don't have all their feathers yet and it is too cold for them just now outside. They have perked up and are running all over the place.. so i will need to get a bigger box for them tomorrow. A newspaper over their box is the best i can do for now but it doeas quieten them. My dog thinks they are beautiful..and so does my cat, but for a very different reason!
Pippa, loving being a Mum again, to Eeny, Meeny and Miney.



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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , May 08,2002,18:11 Top of Thread Archive
How cute, Pippa!! Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story. I needed a smile today and you gave me one. Do you think Charlie digested Mama Mo?

Good luck in your nursing career.

Sally in North Idaho where it has NOT snowed today for a change.




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Posted by Claire Wolstencroft , May 09,2002,04:18 Top of Thread Archive
What a lovely story...how do you keep Charlie away from them?

Claire




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Posted by Pippa , May 10,2002,15:15 Top of Thread Archive
Your lovely feet made me laugh out loud!
I keep Charlie the cat indoors asleep on my bed during the day,(as usual,) while I put out the thrushes, now in an old birdcage (quote from my husband..see, if you keep a thing long enough you find a use for it eventually!)on a rope hanging from a tree in my garden. And then when Charlie goes out it is time to bring the thrushes inside where it is warmer for them for the nightime.
They are keeping me really busy. they have grown and so have their appetites!! I fed them with cat food mainly , scrambled egg and weetabix and bby food occasionally for variety, and now that the rain has come a bit(it was too dry before) now I have found some worms for them. They went berserk for the worms and so i ahve spent my day...to the amusement of my neighbours,....... digging all round the garden for them. As soon as i come out of my door and whistle the little heads pop up and they start prancing and cheeping and yelling ""Staaarving!" until I fill them right up.
I seem to remember someone else had fledgling birds too. how are they? And what are they fed with?
And Claire, what type of sailing are you doing? Dinghy? where are you doing it? I can't think of nywhere close to Macclesfield. Glad you have finally been diagnosed although I am sorry you have BEB. But it is a relief and you can now plan HOW to cope with it.
Pippa, who is in her husbands bad books because he thinks the thrushes are better fed than he is, and they certainly get more attention! I must remedy that this weekend....I will maybe paint my toenails too, do you think he would like that?



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Posted by Claire Wolstencroft , May 10,2002,15:28 Top of Thread Archive
Pippa, I have visions of you going in and out with cat in one hand and birds in the other like those old fashioned weather people! (Rain or sun..you know what I mean!).
It's dinghy sailing that we are doing on Astbury Mere a samll water filled gravel pit near Congleton. We've just been to the sailing club BBQ.my oldest son has FragileX Syndrome..an inherited learning difficulty..some good web sites about it if you want to know more. He comes with us too and is managing to sail a Topper..it makes me feel happy to see him doing something "normnal"..he joins in with the activities and has a great time..on the water we are all the same!
Would your husband notice if you painted your toe nails? Mine wouldn't..but it's one thing that makes me feel good about myself. Also it doesn't show if its a bit badly put on on your toes..I have an essential tremor and so fingernails don't often get done! And you can use outrageous colours..you can always wear socks if it goes wrong!
Love to you and the "babies"
From Claire and three hungry kittens who would love to hug your birdies!
P.S. Do you still drive?



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Posted by Pippa , May 12,2002,13:42 Top of Thread Archive
I know about fragile X syndrome! My husbands family ..ie his aunt's family had it, and so we found out out about it. It is quite a recent discovery isn't it? My husband's sister and her family had to be tested. i can't remember why my husband wasn't. Oh yes it is because he would have the Y chromosome from his father, and it was in his father's side, so his mother couldn't have passed it on to him, whereas my husband's sister would get an X from her father.
i am glad your son likes sailing. and it is something fun that you can do together. My husband's sister who had it mnaged to look after herself when her parents were gone and only needed a little help with money. I liked her as she was nearly always a cheerful soul, and always wanting to make you cups of tea. I could do with her around now!
Anyway, you are the first person I have "met" who knows about fragile X.
Pippa, still feeding the birds. i have decided that they are in fact blackbirds. But they still beautiful, and today they learnt to sit on the perch.... and also to find the worms I had put into the cage ie on the floor of it. They took 3 hours of starving before they eventually realised that food was all around them wriggling away in among dead leaves. Also both have been out on my hands, and had a little walk in the shrubs....
My cat is leaving them severely alone while they are in the cage. Perhaps the finger hard on the top of the nose when he was attempting to get to them has done the trick...well for a wee while anyway. I still wouldn't trust him when i am not there.
Pippa



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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), May 10,2002,16:15 Top of Thread Archive
I'm loving the ongoing saga of the thrushes, Pippa. You are a wonderful mother! Happy Mother's Day - its this Sunday in Canada.

June in Toronto




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Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), May 11,2002,05:19 Top of Thread Archive
me too. I have an old birdcage that i might consider using outside, thanks for the idea. i also like to paint my toenails; It makes ME feel better, the bright color you know. The female doesn't always have to be the drabber of the species.



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