My Ring Neck Arrived To Roost

As Promised

Well I had published a hub a couple of weeks ago, about the impending arrival of my Ring Neck, which was one of those items on my personal "Bucket List", yes it had taken a long time to for this to be realised, and alas this nearly did not happen. Two days after the publishing of that hub, my world was shattered.

My Ring Neck, ESCAPED!

My world had been shattered, this tiny one and half month old, sparcely feathered covered bundle of flesh and bones, was out into the dwindling twilight and was lost to me. 

Goompy the Ring Neck

Taken the first day he was home, aged seven weeks.
Taken the first day he was home, aged seven weeks.

The Night Of Sorrows

What went through me that moment, when I heard about the loss of what was to be mine.

The memories of why I personally, do not really enjoy my own birthday and Christmas, strange as it may sound, jumped out again and slammed me full square between my eyes.

During my early childhood, and up to my early teens, every time these occasions arose I would absolutely dread the upcoming event. As time after time, I would have wished and hinted for what I really would have liked as a present. The wrapped boxes nearly always were empty promises and left me a little sadder.

As I grew up, and got married, there were more of these times, more often than not, when the same feelings that persisted all of my childhood would haunt me.

I had been taken to that magic store where everything that one could ask for and even more.

Told to stand there and pick whatever I wanted, or desired, and it would be mine.

Only when upon making my selection, would be told that, it was not suitable, available, out of stock or whatever. Then would have to choose again.

A bit like getting the Bronze Medal for coming first.

So with a heavy, heavy heart I accepted the loss, even though every one involved in organising and giving me this present of all presents, were trying to find or organize that bronze medal, I accepted that loss, and finally, I hope, let go of my past disappointments at the same time.

Explained my decision as carefully and tactfully as I could, without hurting or upsetting my wife, that I could and would not have another parrot, mine was gone, so be it. 

Once Was Lost Now Was Found

 The next day a jubilant shout was heard throughout the office my wife worked at. The Parrot was found, the husband of the breeder, went looking around the few houses that surround their property, to find him up a tree.

He climbed as close as he could and called the bird, as we had just named it a few days before,he climbed onto his finger and was taken inside to have his wings clipped.

His outside excursion had left no scars on the poor bird, and is quite healthy and is now settled into his new home, with me and the wife, quite content with his surroundings.

Let go of your past - Look to your future

This most valuable lesson is what this Parrot has taught me!

If you Love Someone Let It Fly Away If It Comes Back It Is Yours

However you still, keep its wings lovingly clipped, feed and nurture it, do not imprison it, but help to keep it secure.

In closing this first chronicle of the The Goompie Saga's

Attached is a brief email that I sent out this morning to my wife.

Home Front News

 Well after you left this morning, things really got hectic! Attacked the bed linen stripped it and the pillow protectors, emptied and reloaded the washing machine, wet in a basket and dirty into the machine, added the washing powder and stain vanishing stuff, as well as that scent of sandalwood softener.

 Let The Goompy out and he has been riding my shoulder as I have dashed around getting the house into some order out of the disorder.

 

Received your missed call and decided I needed a cup of coffee, switched on the kettle and got busy talking to the bird. Quickly opened the mail, found nothing in it, Goompy jumped across to his perch, looked around and jumped back. Remembered I needed coffeeeeeeeeeeee!, back to the kitchen with The Goompy hanging on and beak franticly clutching on to the seem of my collar, claws dug in and making strange squawking sounds.

 

Before making My Coffee, fixed a quick snack for The Goompy, who was craning his neck to ascertain what I was doing. So out came his personal glass breakfast bowl, into it went a couple of Pecan Nut halves, three Gooseberries, some sunflower seeds, a bit of sesame seeds two slivers of carrots.

 Placed it on the table in his, what has now become, spot so that he can partake of the morning repast. I broke a potato crisp from yesterday's lunch, and The Goompy charged away from his brekkie bowl, took it from my hand with his beak, a bit shy of snatching it from. Stood on one leg and chomped away at the crisp. Left his favourite brekki snacks and had a feast on the crisp.

 Not that I mind as the crisp is natural and made from a potato and deep fried in sunflower oils, without added gump or gunk, not mixed with preservative and pumped out of an extruder.

 From The Home front

 

Having Brekkie With Dad - Age 2 Months

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Surveying The World

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Comments 28 comments

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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Great stuff. give Goompie my love.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

theanks for the comment Sixty, will give Goompy your love, it brings back some of those quiet happy childhood momenys, me and now at last My Parrot.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Monty Pythonesque. "Rodney is that a parrot on your shoulder?" Parrot "No it is just a human growth on my foot"! Aarg Aye Aye Captain.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

At least, with him coming back on its own wing, denies John Cleese the chance to say it is an 'Ex Parrot".


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Lovely Hub Rodney, and Goompy looks so sweet and has obviously bonded with you very well now.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Yes Misty, he and I have bonded very well, we spend most of the day together.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Goompie, Just_Rodney and the kitchen prepare for Christmas. How's that for a hub title in the current hubmob?


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Great idea sixtyorso. You should do it Rodney, accompanied by photos of Goompy helping to eat the fruit destined for the Christmas Cake.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Rodney Goompy is just gorgeous. I fostered a ring neck for about six months and really hated to see her go back home. She was a really sweet little bird.

nice hub regards Zsuzsy


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Sixty, Not a bad title, I will have to check on what Goompy has to say, after all he will have to be paid for his modelling fees.

Misty, I am more worried about him being into the mushroom, olives and sausage meat, that would be destined for the stuffing of the bird.

In his honour I will have to forgo the bird and do the glazed Ham, and Beef bit, as it might give him nightmares, after all he is still very young and impressionable..

Zsuzsy, I could not see me fostering or hand raising a bird, and then having to hand it over.

Thanks all for the comments.


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

OMG, you can't stuff Goompy Rodney .......!!!!!


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Misty, no I have to forego the turkey or goose or duck, as Goompy would be having a feast with the stuffing ingredients.

Besides which how can I prepare to cook a distant relative of his, would not be fair, would it?


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I used to have a cousin who once fed the sheep up on the mountains in North Wales Lamb sandwiches!!!!


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Ah the innocence of those wee lambs. Not a single Baaaaaaaaah from them, just the silence.

Well I aint gonna do that to Goompy!


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Pleased to hear it Rodney :)


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks, we friends of a feather, must stick together. Not so!


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

what a nice bird....I cleaned a man's house that raised these birds and they were so sweet...Lucky man you are there.  How did you come up with that name...may  I ask?  Thanks for the great photo's my dear...G-Ma :o) hugs


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

G-Ma thanks, I needed an unusal name and it sort of popped out all on its own.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Great hub my fellow parrot lover. Now Jado attacks chicken fried with relish and makes to funniet cooing noises as he eats it. You know some birds do eat other birds. Some of our favorite backyard birds eat our lovely hummingbirds. That's the nature of things. Our Grackles catch starlings and sparrows and peck out the brain and leave the rest. But enough of that. Just keep Goompy as he is. He is precious and I am glad you got him back safe and sound. Give my love to him now.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks for the comment CC, yes I was aware that the nature of these feathered beasties, as to eat other birds, especially smaller and weaker ones. Tis as you say their nature after all the are birds of prey.

He enjoys the fussing of all of his admirers, a very vain ring is he.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Love your Goompie! I've raised three parrots from 1 week -- lucky me, my uncle was a breeder of large birds. They are wonderful and each have very individual personalities. I never clipped mine and they flew everywhere, except out the door. Maybe it was that cat that sat in the window sill looking in at them.... Thanks for the smiles!


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Beth, I have since the arrival of Goompy on the scene, acquire another ring neck, also an African Grey.

I have been busy with all of them and will be doing a hubpage on the their different quirks and foibles.

They are fantastic pets to have around.


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Vicki.Pierce 6 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great story! I have to agree that parrots ARE fantastic pets to have around! :)


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Yes they are but with 3 they sometimes become a handful, especially now as the breeding season closes.


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Vicki.Pierce 6 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

My personal flock consists of four macaws, one congo grey, one cockatoo, two amazons and one meyers parrot......I love them all - they are my full time job.

"If you find a job you love - you will never work a day in your life."


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Vicki, So true, they are a source of so much joy, their cheerfulness and absolute trust in us amazing.

The parrots are my diversion and a source of inspiration for my "work" writing hubs, and at the same time writing and illustrating my cookbooks.

Of course not forgetting my novel , the start of which also appears on the hub as well.

As you say it is not work if you love what you are doing.


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Didge 4 years ago from Southern England

fantastic! So creative :)


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Just_Rodney 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks for that compliment Didge, it is appreciated.:-)

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