Through my kitchen window, I spotted this quartet of white Ibis balanced precariously in the trees alongside our lake. It was almost as though they were posing for a photo op.
According to Native American folklore, the white ibis is a symbol of both danger and optimism because it’s been noticed that they are the last to seek shelter before a hurricane and the first to emerge afterwards, so I’d better keep an eye on those Ibis.
“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” ~ Robert Burns ‘To A Mouse’ 1786
So, in case any of you are wondering how our well-planned neighbourly visit with Prosecco and piano recital went on Sunday, the short answer is, “It didn’t.”
Here’s the long story………
We had arranged for husband, wife and wife’s son to come round at 2pm, but at midday I got a call from Mrs T asking if they could make it later at about 4pm. I reminded her that it was forecast to rain at that time and as they’d requested to sit outside, it would be less than ideal. Nevertheless, she insisted that they would come at 4 and definitely would only sit outside. Well then, that was that and I knew it wasn’t going to work out. Around 2:30 Mr T phoned to ask hubby what he should do about a termite he’d seen in his pool area and just happened to mention that Mrs T and son were out shopping for a table. So that solved the mystery of why she’d postponed their visit. At just before 4, with the son’s car still not back in their driveway, the heavens opened and down came the rain with thunder and lightning for good measure. Hubby and I opened the Prosecco, gave ourselves two chocolate truffles apiece and sat back to enjoy. The positive thing about this is that the outdoor furniture got a really thorough cleaning on Saturday and I’d done lots of piano practice in readiness for our no-show guests. The annoying thing is that we haven’t had a phone call apologising for them not turning up. Would you consider that rude, or am I expecting too much?
Someone who did get a visitor on Sunday, is Al the keeper of our fishpond, when sweet little Lizzie popped by the say “Hi”.
Hope your weekend was good and that this week is going well.
Mervyn Muscovy scooting past without stopping to greet anyone. Well, I guess that’s what neighbours do these days.
We have a delightful elderly couple living next door and this morning, they called to ask if they and their son can come round on Sunday to sit outside in our lanai and listen to me play the piano. Apparently it’s something they have really missed during lock-down. So, we’ll put up the sun umbrella, open a bottle of Prosecco, socially distance the seating and tell the goldfish not make a noise. I’m really looking forward to our first visitors in almost three months.
Basil our backyard basilisk lizard says, Always look up when things are getting you down.”
I had a good weekend apart from the fact that on Friday evening, we noticed that our fridge/freezer had decided to stop working. Isn’t it just Murphy’s Law that if something in the house is going to pack up, it always happens at the weekend when it’s difficult if not impossible to get help. On the upside though, it meant that we had to quickly devour the two Double Chocolate Magnums which had been residing in the freezer for a while. They tasted equally as good eaten from a breakfast bowl with a spoon as they do frozen on the stick.
Miss Rosie is a very infrequent visitor to our backyard, so it was such a delight to see her again. When I first spotted her outside my bathroom window, she was socially distancing with the Great Blue and the Tricolored Herons. The trio were scanning the lake for a fishing opportunity.
After a while the others got bored and wandered off further along the bank, leaving her alone and before long she obviously saw what she was looking for.
Here, she looks quite pleased with herself, don’t you think?
Wishing you all a splendid weekend, whatever you have planned. Our country club started to open up a bit from the lockdown and we booked to have a meal outside on the covered patio with a couple of friends. Before it could happen though, we got a message that one of the wait-staff had tested positive for the Coronavirus, so they were having to close down again. I can’t imagine when this is going to end as the numbers in Florida are way up again.