Chris McCully

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Pissed blackbirds

Saturday, 5 October 2019 at 08:47

The bar One small thing that's given us joy is the way birds, insects and other wildlife have responded to the development of a more or less wild garden. Almost everything I've planted has either been edible or has been set out for the benefit of the birds, insects, mammals and wriggly things which use the plot. The vines, for instance: this year I kept cutting back the foliage so that the emerging fruit would ripen in full sun. The result was a compact bush replete with black grapes (variety: pinot, aka Chateau Hopeless). The blackbirds weren't slow to notice. Every morning and evening I see a pair of adult birds together with two or three younger ones rifling through the bush. One of our resident robins comes behind them, picking up anything that might have fallen. I sometimes think that I haven't achieved much in life, but then look out into the garden. After all, I made a family of pissed blackbirds - and that will have to be good enough.

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