Requisit Respite

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Who's Baffled?

Once upon a time there was a beautiful back yard garden at a knight's castle in Perkasie where birds could come and eat to their hearts content from a bird feeder hanging on a limb of the blooming white dogwood tree. was a nice garden, without cats... only a pesky dog that occasionally sunned himself on the deck and pretended to chase squirrels every once in awhile.

Lo, and behold, the knight that owned the fair garden decided to buy a different kind of bird feeder. He was bored with the beautiful goldfinches that nestled on the wooden feeder. He thought maybe another type of feeder with another type of food might attract a different kind of bird.
Unfortunatley, the new bird feeder attracted a whole different kind of hungry creature.

One little grey squirrel eventually tired of gleaning the fallen seed that fell by the wayside of the dogwood tree in the garden.
This daring animal decided it would try to get the feed before the birds.
It climbed up the tree. It walked down the limb. It eyed up the bird feeder. Then it went back up the limb, got a running start and jumped from the limb to the bird feeder.

It almost fell, but with stealth it hung on for dear life as the feeder swayed back and forth.
After this, the skinny fine wire and the length of cord, coupled with the cage around the bird feeder, didn't seem to bother the sure-footed, nimble-fingered furry-tailed rodent. In fact, when the target was placed even farther down the tree limb, the rodent decided it was a challenge it couldn't refuse.
The knight then decided he would find an object to baffle the squirrel so he could not scurry down the fine wire rope that held the bird feeder.

It was a tense moment to see if it would work....

...but it didn't ...
...and the furry-tailed creature continued to gorge itself at the bird feeder.
Even the birds didn't seem to mind because the squirrel was always willing to share the spoils.


Then the knight got another idea...
"What if I put the baffle up higher?"

Hmmm.... this could work!

(eyeing it up)

Making a move...

Guess not....

And so continues the saga of how to baffle a squirrel...but in the process, how not to baffle yourself.

As for the lady of the house....

She is very content to watch the beautiful goldfinches at the wooden birdfeeder that hangs from a limb of the blooming white dogwood tree in the fair garden of the knight's castle in Perkasie....

As for the squirrel, he even practices his dives when there's no food to be had from the feeder. I think it is now just a form of exercise and daring.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

At Least My Dog Loves Me...

You feed me when I'm hungry,
You keep water in my dish,
You let me sleep on anything,
Or in any place I wish.

You sometimes let me lick your hands,
Or even lick your face,
Despite the fact I've licked myself,
In every private place.

You taught me how to come when called,
You taught me how to sit,
You always let me go outside,
So I can take a ...stroll.

You'll always have my loyalty,
Up to the bitter end,
'Cause after all, it's plain to see...
You are a dog's best friend.

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