"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Unexpected Guests

I receive frequent visits from welcome but unexpected guests:
sparrows who fly in from the yard.

Like most Indian homes, during daylight hours I usually keep the yard gates closed but the house doors wide open.
The birds would previously fly in and out through the ventilation gaps in our coving.
But, since moving in, I have had these gaps meshed, to keep the mosquitoes out.

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The birds, like everyone else, now have to use the main doors,
though they still check-out their old access-points.
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4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    What a lovely image, is that a painted glass window behind the bird? Marvellous to think of the sparrows indoors.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:19 am

    • The house-builder must gave liked stained glass: there’s quite a lot of it at the front of the house!

      He was from the local Islamic community so all of the motifs are abstract in nature.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    Sometimes nicer than the stained glass windows of England.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    • The colours are much softer than traditional European stained-glass.

      I have never seen stained glass advertised, let alone for sale, in South India. Perhaps my windows were manufactured in the Gulf: Muslim businessmen here have have very strong commercial links with that area

      June 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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