a french garden

A bird in the hand

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One has a tendency to marvel at nature, at the wonderful accomplishments of simple creatures.

But let’s face it – they make mistakes too.

In my opinion it was all the sparrows fault.  They have a tendency to flock down on the patio and then when one decides to leave the others all fly off frequently sowing panic amongst the other birds.  My poor robin must have been startled and misjudged his trajectory on taking flight.  Luckily, I heard the bump and went out immediately to retrieve the unconscious ball of feathers.

He was treated to the dark box in a quiet place therapy.  I think a lot of birds must succumb when left motionless in the cold.  Yesterday it took less than an hour before the robin was back on his feet. He was able to fly from the box on ground level to perch on a phone line high above the ground before heading to a favourite bush to take cover.

I do like stories with happy endings!

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Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

3 thoughts on “A bird in the hand

  1. Poor boo, knocked himself out, good you were there to save him 🙂

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  2. I came by from the help forum and saw you have a category about birds. Of course, I had to peek. Your Robin is definitely not our American Robins. What a sweet little thing and I am glad you gave it a helping hand. Not many know how to do this. You didn’t mention, but I am guessing it hit the window? Do you have any type of bird tape or decals on it? We looked a little caged-in here with our bird tape, but we’ve seen birds come head on toward the window, then make a quick change in plans to avert disaster.

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    • I have lived in the States and when I first saw your robin I had to laugh – everything really is bigger in the states. It looks more like our Thrushes with a red chest. I have tried the decals of silhouettes of birds of prey but I did not find them particularly effective. Now the patio doors have got small window panes it is difficult to fit them on. I am reluctant to screen out my view as I enjoy watching the birds on the patio and garden. We still get the odd bump but mostly they can fly away.

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