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StarlingWings 12-24-2015 02:27 PM

End-of-year update!
 
Hello and Merry Christmas to everyone!

Right now it's either Christmas Eve or you're snug in your bed while visions of sugar plums dance in your head--whichever it may be, I wanted to take a last opportunity to catch up with everyone before the new year is upon us.

So, first in the agenda today:

Mallorn's new cage! Yes, I do have a picture this time ;)

Mallorn was very pleased with her new acommodations and only had to venture inside once when she decided that was her new palace now, goodbye to the too small old cage!

She plays with all her toys and actually has room to fly in her new cage. In fact, she rarely comes out these days--she used to be out almost all day, and now only comes out once a day for a few minutes for our daily preening/kisses session, then she cheerfully retires to her royal chambers for the day--no matter how long I leave the door open! :rolleyes:

Can you spot her? :p
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psf1usegcf.jpg

By the way, for those of you who commented on her knobbly perch, she absolutely loves it--it's her sleeping perch, now!

Second order of business: Buckwheat!
His owners came to pick him up a few days ago, and it's been very quiet around here. Sometimes I still try to say hello to him and he's not here! At any rate, he was very, very sad to leave me and played every trick in the book to stay longer--including tricking us to open his cage door by spilling his water everywhere, clinging onto my back where nobody could reach him, and mercilessly attacking his mum and dad :laughing:

He's home safely now, though, but before he left, I caught a few videos of him talking!

One of them has jingle bells in the background because he absolutely loved our jingle bells, and every time we rung them for him, he'd begin one of his monologues :giggle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SwTiiUvAok
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmq0bgxcJf8

Also, the other day (last week) it snowed terribly hard and everything was closed--this is for you people in an Aussie summer! This is our street--the big blue spruce is in our front yard :eek:
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psbakkzf2z.jpg

Interestingly enough, right now it's around 45 degrees Fahrenheit (around 7 degrees Celcius) and sunny--I'd love a white Christmas!

Finally, thanks to Cody's great idea, I went to Michaels the other day and picked up a box of clear, undecorated blown glass ornaments and filled one with hundreds of Mallorn's feathers. Poor little thing is moulting terribly--the worst this year--and she looks like a prickly little cactus! (That is why, of course, there are no pictures of her here--she wouldn't permit it!)
Here's the finished product!
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psm0ilnq9r.jpg

Finally, I wanted to wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I'll try to check in tomorrow but no promises ;)

Here's our Christmas Tree--it's a real one!
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psi8qergeq.jpg

Baby Jesus is missing because we put him out on the 24th (today ;))
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9cgpf9gk.jpg

https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psqjhnvldk.jpg

Thanks for a great year, everyone! :wave:

FaeryBee 12-24-2015 02:37 PM

Mallorn is looking quite appropriately regal in her new palace. It seems her servant (you) did quite well in choosing for her. :)

Thanks for sharing the videos of Bucky as well as your wonderful pictures! I enjoyed them all. :hug:
The ornament you made with Mallorn's feathers looks very lovely.

I really was happy to see the picture of your spruce in the snow.
We've had very unseasonably warm weather thus far this winter and from the forecasts it sounds as though snow isn't going to be a part of this winter for us here in Northern Virginia at all.

Peachy wasn't at all sure what to make of the noises Bucky makes. :laughing:
He actually got down and looked at the computer screen trying to figure it out.


StarlingWings 12-24-2015 02:43 PM

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Originally Posted by FaeryBee (Post 3362897)
Mallorn is looking quite appropriately regal in her new palace. It seems her servant (you) did quite well in choosing for her. :)

Thanks for sharing the videos of Bucky as well as your wonderful pictures! I enjoyed them all. :hug:

Peachy wasn't at all sure what to make of the noises Bucky makes. :laughing:
He actually got down and looked at the computer screen trying to figure it out.

Thank you, Deb :hug:

I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the pictures and videos and it just cracked me up that Peachy Pie came to see what was going on :laugh: I'm sure he wondered what kind of crazy parrot he was seeing! :rolleyes:

LynandIndigo 12-24-2015 04:25 PM

Merry Christmas Gi Gi. It's Christmas morning here...... I love your Christmas tree.. Ohhh how I'd love some of that snow it looks cold I have always longed to see snow this is my dream... I think we are going to get a hot and muggy day as we are expecting a storm today... It is usually boiling hot on Christmas... I'd love to have a white Christmas and experience it..

Up in North QLD it is flooding there is a cyclone forming up there we also need some rain to so dry...

Bucky is beautiful he sure makes some strange noises and he talks really good. Indi wasn't sure of the new noises he kept looking at your bird with a strange look on his face...

aluz 12-24-2015 05:01 PM

I'm glad the Princess Mallorn loves her new cage so much! :)
And Buckwheat's videos were quite entertaining to watch, he makes such interesting sounds and his "hellos" are really funny too! :D

Here in my country we had a rather foggy, dark and cold morning, fortunately in the afternoon, the sun finally made its appearance, removed all the gloominess and made the rest of the day warmer.

Niamhf 12-24-2015 05:29 PM

Oh what a great update and thank you for sending us some snow over here in Australia :D wow how beautiful it is - I'm getting quite nostalgic now as I absolutely love snow :) that tree is gorgeous covered in snow also.

Aww poor little Shut up ... I mean Bucky :)

And Mallorn is looking very majestic in her palace - of course she wants to spend all day there it's giant playground that she can live in!!:D I'm so glad she loves her new cage :)

Wishing you Mallorn and Tilda a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year :)

Kate C 12-24-2015 05:29 PM

Merry Christmas to you and your family Geneva.

Princess Mallorn's cage looks really great, so glad she likes it.

I just loved Bucky's video's. He is so adorable. Did I hear him mimicking the phone ringing. My Kaspar rings the phone too and often he lets me know that my home phone is ringing when I am outside without my cordless. I am sure you are missing him, they have a way of worming their way into our hearts.

Abarriger 12-24-2015 05:56 PM

Oh what a lovely cage! Now she has room for entertaining! And I'm jealous of the snow-- I always go hoe to family in New England, where Christmas is usually white... but it's raining this year.

Also, your ornament is STUNNING! I've been saving Kimchi's feathers to make one, but the shape of yours is just great! Kimchi hasn't had a major molt yet so I haven't put them in anything yet.

Riovedo 12-24-2015 07:50 PM

Thanks for sharing!!!! Loved it all!!! :)

chirper 12-25-2015 12:33 AM

Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

And thank you for you wonderful posts throughout the year I enjoyed them a lot


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