Author: msalliance

Proud householder

I don't know whether you can help me identify this bird? I've seen at least two building nests with the reedy grass from one of the monsoon-swollen ponds here. They carry the long reeds to their nests with pride and often drop them but they don't seem to pick up the ones they've dropped. Instead they fly off looking for more. I came across this nest in the window of one of the cottages. The birds are quite tame and carry on their work even whilst being watched. It seems to be a great time of the year for animals here in rural Maharashtra: there are butterflies everywhere enjoying the easing up of the monsoon to go about their business. This sequence has taught me that all birds are better photographed with a telephoto lens which I hadn't attached to my camera, probably against my better judgement. These birds were quite close up and yet the pictures aren't very detailed. You can zoom in if you want to see more details, though.    

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My new year starts this week. The Boywonder flew back to Montreal on Sunday armed with cornet and trumpet this time, and already has a busy programme of Fight Band rehearsals and gigs ahead. People ask me how I cope with missing him. Truth is that I don’t, really. Just thinking about how much I miss him makes my eyes well so the only way to handle the loss is by making myself think of something else. After a few weeks I’m usually accustomed to his absence but this year is going to be different and, I anticipate, much more difficult. You see Eliza’s final year at school starts tomorrow. We’ll have the flurry of university visits and applications to contend with as well as the sudden onset of A level work. We’ll be making sure that the level of learning support offered by the school matches her needs. She’s also got a gig coming up at the Schools’ Prom and one at Ronnie Scott’s as well as being in the pit band for BYMT Musical Theatre’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. I have another performance of Brahms’ German Requiem and then our choir concert will be of Rutter’s Requiem at the end of October. Then there are a couple of trips to see mum in India and, an important singing event about which I shan’t be saying much until it’s...

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