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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The parrot is not for sale


This sign has been hanging on the gate for so long, it's getting a bit faded and I've ordered a new one.

Yesterday a car stopped by the gate and two elderly ladies got out, oohing and aahing. They turned out to be amateur ornithologists who wanted to take photos of the many waterfowls on the pond.

Of course, I let them in and for the next half hour "Riverbend" echoed to their "Isn't this beautiful?" and "I've never seen anything like this!"

As their cameras clicked away, I not only learnt something about all those coots and teals and ducks on the pond but also to appreciate what an extraordinarily special place I'm privileged to live in.

It brought to mind Oscar Wilde's aphorism, "There are two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."

Well, the new sign has been ordered, so let the sales campaign - such as it is - continue!