Saturday 28th September 2019 – IPink Foots, Three Anniversaries and Coffee Mornings

One of the signs of autumn approaching, and one which I forgot to mention earlier, is the arrival of the pink foot geese from Greenland and Iceland. Up until last year, we used to hear their chattering or see the skeins of pink foots flying above us in October. However, last year they made their first appearance mid-September. Similarly this year, about a couple of weeks ago, whilst I was in the garden I heard their distinctive chattering. With the climate gradually warming, I would have expected to see them later rather than earlier.

We have three anniversaries this week. Firstly on Thursday, it was ten years since we adopted, then eleven month old, Barney from FAITH Animal Rescue in Hickling. To celebrate, Barney had a walk in the warm sunshine on the beach where he enjoyed several dunks in the pools at the end of the groynes. On Friday it was Poppy our cat’s turn. We adopted her nine years ago, again from FAITH. She was two and a half years old and had been brought to the rescue centre with kittens which were re-homed before she came to live with us. Poppy celebrated with sardines for her lunch. Poppy’s previous family must have brought her up on dried food and it has taken a number of years to tempt her to eat not only wet cat food but other foods too, providing her with a more varied diet. Now for the third, it’s a year today since my Dad died. Celebration is not appropriate but is it? Maybe, we should celebrate his life, considering he lived for ninety two years, an age which a lot of people don’t attain, had very few illnesses certainly nothing major, was always employed, never had a mortgage but owned his house, enjoyed holidays abroad as well as in the UK and for sixty eight years was married to Mum during which they were a devoted couple enjoying love and companionship. So, I definitely think, although today is a sad day, there is also no shame in celebrating my Dad’s life.

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