Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Waiting for La Dame Blanche




Today we drove to our local town to do some supermarket shopping.  We only do this shop every three weeks but even so the trolley seemed ridiculously loaded.  How can two people possibly eat this much food?  Of course it wasn’t all food – there were quite a few wine boxes and bottles too.   Somehow Paul managed to run over his foot with the trolley.  I was in no way to blame.

After loading the groceries into the car we visited Gifi, a cheap and cheerful discount store.  Think bright colours and plastic.  I was very taken with a faux antique Chinese Warrior but Paul managed to talk me out of it.  He said his foot was hurting. We ended up buying some solar lights for the garden.  Years ago we bought four wrought iron rods which held flaming torches.  These were never very successful because the flames kept going out so I’m experimenting with the solar lights that fit perfectly into the torch holders.  I’m not sure what the owls will make of them – they will probably think they’re runway landing lights.

Last night I was sitting outside at dusk waiting for a glimpse of La Dame Blanche.  This is the name given to the white barn owl.  We have a pair living in the pigeonnier.  I sat there for ages but only saw some bats.  Eventually I gave up and went indoors.  Paul said, “Did you see her, she’s just swooped down?”  Bah.
 



8 comments:

  1. It surprises me how low bats fly. The owl was obviously avoiding you.

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    1. The owls are so fast you only have to blink and you miss them.

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  2. We have Blue Tits in the nest box. Just like the Pandas in the Kit Kat advert I have yet to see them.

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    1. Some birds are friendlier than others.

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  3. I bought some solar lights from Gifi; they lasted for about 6 weeks.

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    1. We splashed out for the more expensive Duracell lights so hoping they might last a bit longer than the Gifi own brand. Blazing away at 3.30 this morning.

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  4. We see the barn owls here flying in the late afternoon, early evening daylight and again I see them on the way to work at 7.30 am. They like to hunt in daylight. Well that's English barn owls. Tawny owls here only come out in the dark though.

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  5. That's interesting - ours only come out at dusk, regular as clockwork (unless I'm sitting in the courtyard). Never ever seen them here flying in daylight.

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