Flashback Friday #6

How time flies. This post was for my eldest son’s 40th birthday in 2015. This year he celebrates 46 years! I guess that makes me older too. 

Its plump round body, long slim tail, large black eyes and spindly legs on which it hops and bobs whilst feeding, the robin is one of our best known birds.

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Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ this little chap likes to follow the digging spade feeding on the unearthed bugs, snails and worms. A member of the thrush family the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) with its famous bright-red breast is also known for its all-year-round song.

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Woodlands, parks and hedgerows will provide opportunities to see one of these charming birds and if you want to encourage them into the garden then put out live mealworms – their favourite snack!

(This post is for my eldest son as he turns 40 on 06 February in Sydney, Australia. He is actually called Rohan, but on the telegram sent to my parents in England from South Africa where he was born it said ‘Roban’ – my parents thought there was a spelling mistake and called him Robin! So Happy Birthday Rohan/Robin xx)

This post is a contribution to Fandango’s Flashback Friday. Have you got a post you wrote in the past on this particular day? The world might be glad to see it – either for the first time – or again if they’re long-time loyal readers.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

46 thoughts on “Flashback Friday #6”

  1. A charming post. Having children of over 40 has made me feel very old. When the baby of the family turned 30 last year, I really saw a bath chair coming into view.

  2. Happy birthday to your son jude. Is that the son in Brisbane? How are they coping with the snap lockdown? Lovely photos of a cute little bird.

    1. Hi, yes, thanks PP. He is in Brisbane now and apart from the work situation they are doing fine, they have lovely boardwalks through the bush and can get to a beach too. All seems fairly normal for you guys!

    1. Robins are very friendly, chaffinches sing beautifully too, but they are more nervy. And there is nothing quite like a blackbird with its fluty song.

      1. Blackbirds were among the favourite things about being in Europe. When we first hear them we thought someone had pet Canaries nearby.

  3. There’s no shortage of mistakes that have become the accepted form. The word acne is believed to have arisen when someone misread acme. Where the grammatically correct form is between you and me, many people now say between you and I.

  4. No, you haven’t got older just because the years have gone by so don’t you believe it. It’s time you started counting backwards so that you can lose a decade over the course of time. Just takes a little suspension of belief in the reality of time.
    Love the robins. I never seen to attract them into my garden but I have some lovely blackbirds and I’m just awaiting their return. The hotel opposite me has two lovely chestnut trees in the garden where they nest.

    1. Counting backwards sounds like a great idea 😁 After not seeing a blackbird for a few years we seem to have a pair visiting this winter. The birds really cheer me up during these months when I can’t do any gardening.

  5. Our robins, I would say, are huge compared to yours! I love the the little guys……You really feel UP THERE when all your grandchildren are over 21! Where did the time go?

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