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Empty Nest Syndrome

My Saturday in six words:


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The day after I shot these photos, the nest was empty. I don’t know whether they have flown off or if some predator bird got them. There were no feathers at the crime scene. My cat is innocent, that’s for sure. The weather has been so bad that he hasn’t gone outside for days.

How long do turtledoves stay in the nest, does anyone know? Is it possible they are still safe? I’d like to think so…

Have a safe weekend!

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Turtledove Love

My Saturday in six words:



Thank you for your heartwarming comments and concern. You have asked for an update so here it is:

In all these weeks, the turtledove mother hardly ever left the nest. Not even when we come outside on our way to the shed. She just sits there, quietly, and hatches her days away. I often talk to her, encourage her – one mother to the other – and she seems to listen.

This week the weather finally cleared – a bit, though temporary: it’s raining even more cats (and dogs) at the moment – so we dragged the chairs from the shed to my backyard in case we might  be able to eat outside, and did some garden work… including V-man hammering the bottom of an old metal bucket back in shape. Argh! This proved to be too much for even this valiant mother. She took off!


I was worried and kept checking the nest. To my great relief she returned half an hour later. Perhaps she went out for dinner?


Stay warm, stay vigilant – we care!

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Turtledove Nanny

My Saturday in six words:




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Our two ‘house’ turtledoves, which have been around for years, finally decided to build a nest. In my backyard, over the window of the living room. And I’m absolutely thrilled, but also very anxious. For I have a CAT! A big mean ol’ cat who likes baby birds for breakfast!


Well, actually no, Bandit is a sweet cat who has had a good relationship with these turtledoves for all those years… as long as they are on top of the fence and he’s down on the ground. Or behind the glass watching them while making funny cat sounds.

But little baby birds are a whole different matter. I will try to keep Bandit in as much as possible – he’s afraid of being outside when it’s light anyway and only goes out for a fresh nose in the dark for an hour or so.

Hatch in peace, feathered ones. I’m going to be a Turtledove Nanny! 

Have a fertile weekend 😉

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Posted in Culture/History, Technology

Evolution – by Dove

In Generation M! I wrote about the influence of media on the image men and women might want to have nowadays. Imperfections brushed away by foundation and photoshop.

A friend of mine sent me this video, called Evolution (thank you Peter). About an imperfect (but genuine) duckling who turns into a beautiful (but fake) swan in front of our eyes. The film was made for Dove as part of their Campaign for Real Beauty, with the message:

No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.

An excellent initiative!