13 November 2012.
A sad day: Moon died this morning, and I wish I could say it was peacefully and without pain, but that's not the truth.
After around eight years of giving our family much fun and laughter, Moon turned out to be a female bird (lovebirds are difficult to sex), and tried to lay a sterile egg, which unfortunately get stuck, and caused internal injuries.
We rushed her to the avian doctor on Saturday evening who told us that she might die there and then while being checked over. It didn't happen, of course, and we all went home with antibiotics and a painkilling creme, to sooth her abdomen. She spent the next two days under a heat lamp, fluffed out but still eating and drinking.
On Monday we went back to the vet who had expected to carry out an operation to close up a rupture. He was ready with a syringe that was half the size of Moon, but decided that she'd be better treated at home for the next ten days. Probably he knew the outcome, and was trying to spare us.
When I went to get Moon out of her cage this morning for her medicine, she bit me as usual - how dare I come into her domain! - but I could see she was weaker.
A few hours later my son rang me at work to tell me the sad news that she'd died. I wish now that we could have saved her those last painful couple of days: she didn't deserve that.
I had a piece of gold-coloured card at work, which I made into a box. And this evening I put our golden little friend into our back garden under a rose bush, next to the old apple tree.
We'll miss her.
Moon was my yellow lovebird. Sat on her perch, looking over my shoulder while I listened to all this wonderful music. She was a musically well brought up bird. Let me know when she thought it was rubbish! Or when she wanted to go to sleep, and it was time for me to shut up. Had good taste too: she sang along with Buddy Guy and Albert King.
Time's flying away in front of me. Have to find a way of slowing it down, or speeding myself up. Anybody got any ideas?
Music - soft, hard, anything that goes with my mood of the moment.
News - old newshound, can't let it go!
History - will we ever EVER learn?
Guitars - Last time I bought a new semi-acoustic Epi. Itchy fingers. Bring on the music!
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Fine to fall asleep in front of! These days I've got the same sort of eyes they used to put in dolls: I go horizontal and they shut. So much for reality.
Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001 - A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Pulp Fiction, Yellow Submarine, Fritz the Cat, Les Vacances de M. Hulot, A Day at the Races, Modern Times.
Yep. Like them. Won't throw them away. Bookcases are groaning. Getting to grips with an E-reader. Great way of looking into the minds of writers from hundreds of years ago, whose work is not so easily available in print these days. Check out Project Guttenberg.
I revisited the destroyed city of Pompeii last year. I followed the footsteps of Attilius, and watched him leave from the Vesuvius Gate. The shadow of Corelia on her horse passed me by. A majestic place, under the volcano. And I've strolled in the streets of Herculaneum, amazed at what still remains.
These days I'm battering my way through the empty chambers of the towers of Gormenghast along with Mr Flay, trying to avoid the mad sisters and Steerpike.