Monday, 18 April 2011

Garden Snail - A Pest Or A Friend ?



My side garden is full of snails and they attack all my herbs plants...they ate up my Italian Parsley, my Thymes and somehow they never like rosemary so that was spared...the rest just got eaten up by them. So do you think I should make them my friends or my enemies...maybe one day I shall bbq them or cook them in curry or baked them with cheese.... tell me what should I do with them ?



and this one is trying to make friend with me...stretching out his antenae and wanting to shake hands with me !  She thinks I am her friend :)  So okay...for this once she posed for me...very vain I should say ...saw me with the cam she quickly faced me and posed such a nice one for me...




I guess she is praying hard with her head bow low...praying hard to be spared :p




and lower still so that God will spare her  :)



And this must be her grandmother on my screwpine and see how old she is....big gigantic one ! watching over her young ones all over my garden :(



and I found this beautiful red beetle.....like a gem on the leaves ....I truly enjoy all the little things that crawl around in my garden.   I don't know whether I should keep them or destroy them...God forgive me ...they are pest not friend....I cried when my Italian Parsley was eaten up by the snails !!! and my Basil plants too. They are smart little creatures but of course God provides for them too :)   These little creatures make me happy and at the same time sad....life is such a misery at times.  To have or not to have them around :)

I guess this will be the final chapters on nature for the time being......next I shall touch on all my recipe books...my precious collection that makes me a better baker :)





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Thursday, 14 April 2011

I Will Soar Like The Eagles.....



And now coming to the final part of these baby birds....they soon realised that they have feathers now all over their bodies and their wings are able to flap away....after observing them for about a month now...I realise that they will soon be flying  away from their nest.   And all these brought back memories of my two Piggies when they left home to continue their studies in the city.  The above photo shows the momsie bird on the clothes line.. '.chirping  ' out to their babies to fly out of the nest.  It was the most touching and beautiful thing to witness. I didn't know that those sounds she made was to encourage her babies to fly out of the nest.



Every day she would sit on the clothes line or the front of my gate and start  'chirping ' to her babies to fly out.   On the third day, the baby birds flew out of their nest and rested on the clothes line with their mother and the mother bird flew to my curry leaves tree and the baby birds flew together to where their mother is.  Now this is a lesson to learn from the birds.  We are role models to our children and this momsie bird is doing just the same thing like us. And I really enjoyed watching them as a family, sitting on the electric cables above the houses like a happy family and the parent birds were watching over them until they can take off properly.....and you can see how happy the baby birds were when they discovered they can soar like the eagles in the sky  :)   I hope you have enjoyed watching them grow too .








This is the ' Daddy' bird ...always keeping an eye on his babies while the mother went hunting for food for the babies and  he is waiting to peck Momsie Elin when she goes about taking photos of his babies :p   I really enjoyed the last 1.5 months watching they grow.   I learned a beautiful lesson from these birds and I relate them to the bringing up of my Piggies.  How Wild Boar and myself took turns taking care of our Piggies when they were babies and teaching them the facts of life as they were growing up.  



the nest is now empty .......
 and it reminds us 
that ........when our children grow up, 
they will leave the home and venture out on their own
we as parents will be watching from afar...always ready
to be of help and giving them moral support till
we leave for the grave.......and life goes on for
them until they become parents themselves....