We don’t always get the budgies’ photos right on the first shot*. Here are some pics that didn’t make the cut.* Due to the photographer and through no fault of the models, of course.
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Cooper’s Wish List
This pretty little hand carved silver budgie from Evolving You Jewelry Shop.Only 350 euros (about $395)! Yikes.
New Couple Alert!
Budgie Girl by Annie Montgomerie.
Cooper’s Day Off
730 days of Sunny
Two years ago today we brought home our sweet Sunny.She has come such a long way. With patience and time (lots and lots of time) we won her trust. She steps up (most of the time), will give a kiss and is quite the adventuress. Here’s a video I took today of Sunny in action.
Happy anniversary Sunnybunny!
Budgies and Celebrities
* I couldn’t find a photo of Winston Churchill with his budgie, so this will have to do.
Churchill had many animals, including budgies. One budgie named Toby, was often seen perching on Churchill’s head while he wrote his memoirs.There is this from Alistair Lexden:
It was not only at meal times that Churchill’s budgie Toby left his mark (“Entertainer Churchill’s dinner table budgie trick”, Dec.13).
This much loved creature slept in a special cage in Churchill’s bedroom during his peace-time premiership in the 1950s. The cage was opened when ministers gathered for matutinal confabulations before the great man got up. In his diary, Churchill’s Private Secretary, Anthony Montague Browne, gives an affectionate account of Toby “ flying round the room ,pecking at Cabinet papers, taking nips from the whisky-and-soda at the Prime Minister’s bedside and settling upon the domed head of the Chancellor of the Exchequer with the inevitable consequences”.
Rab Butler came to these meetings with a special silk handkerchief which he used to mop up after Toby, murmuring “The things I do for England”. From his master Toby received only kisses, never rebukes.
Toby was allowed to peck at Churchill’s cigar and play on the dining room table. He was taught to carry a salt spoon, and tip over the salt – a trick which delighted his grandchildren. Toby joined Churchill on a holiday to Nice and to Monaco. He was free to fly around the suites, but unfortunately, flew out the window. Gardeners searched in vain, and some came with budgies for the offered reward, but none were Toby.
In his final years, Churchill gave his nurse notes on his daily routine – which included how to care for his budgie. “Whisky and soda, specs, cards; bird to be brought into dining room near his chair. Tweeds; hanky in top pocket; boiler suit — slippers” and “after dinner… put bird to bed!!”
New Toy – January
It’s the Helix bird toy from All Bonka Bird Toys. I took the foam parts off (the budgies are such chewers, don’t want them chewing foam) and added a couple vine rings.
Cooper started things off. Then it was Sunny’s turn. She loved it.Emmy comes closer to see what’s going on.And closer…This is a popular toy – there was certainly a lot of squabbling over it. But things calmed down eventually (thank goodness).