Saturday, 22 January 2022

A Visit from Lily (and Heather too!)

      Hello everyone. 
     This is Lily and I am very happy to "see" you all again via David's blog.
     My mom and I had a great visit with Miriam and David at their house, where we started out in the kitchen for tea and cookies. Well, the adults had tea and I had water. The cookie was really good, the kind you can squish in your hand and strew crumbs all over the floor. That's the best kind!

          I guess my hair was pretty staticky. How much fun is that?
     But best of all was when we went to the family room and David let me handle some of his bird carvings and statues. 
     Climbing up on the hearth is always a good start.


     I think that David has some very precious and valuable carvings so he put those high up where I couldn't reach them, but there was still lots to enjoy, and I didn't get to even half of them. I started out with a Northern Shoveler and an American Black Duck.


     The adults always tell me the real name and don't talk to me in baby gobbledegook, and I like that.


     You see how I was allowed to handle them. I have a Canvasback in my hand and my mom is sliding a Northern Pintail towards me.
     

     So far we had only gotten a few of the birds from the family room, but David's office has lots more and we went down there together.


     Did you notice that he has wonderful eggs made of marble too?


     I am quite sure that little people like me have special powers over adults, because every time I said, "More", David would take me to his office and I chose new ones to bring up to show to Mom and Miriam.
     There are a few stairs down to the office, and if I just stood there at the top, David would pick me up and lift me down to the bottom so that I didn't have to struggle with the steps - and it kept my hands free to carry new treasures too.


     Just look at how much we gathered together.


     It is really fun to have big people as friends, and I find that they are always anxious to help.


     Maybe next time David and I can sit together and look at some of his wonderful bird books. I had better wash my hands before I do that! 
     See you again soon. Hugs and kisses from Lily. 
David M. Gascoigne,
David M. Gascoigne,

I'm a life long birder. My interests are birds, nature, reading, books, outdoors, travel, food and wine.

60 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Oh my word, Lily, what an incredibly fun day for you (and, I am sure, the big peeps!) There are very few young ladies in the world who get to play with such special things. What is more, you were totally dressed for the occasion - so pretty. (I forgive the hair, for my own is untamable!) Sending huggies right back across to you, YAM-aunty xxx

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  2. What a lovely way for Lily to learn about birds. She will be identifying them on the
    water before you know it!

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    1. She already identifies Mallards and Canada Geese, Carol.

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  3. I love these photos of Miss Lilly and the various birds from David's house, and eggs too! Thanks for the album of her adventures!

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  4. Bien amigo por enseñar Lily a ir conociendo las aves. Pronto empezará a nombrarlos por su nombre. Los niños aprenden rápido. Bien divertdos habréis estado con ella
    Gracias David por compartir esta velada con esta rubita linda y su madre que nos hace siempre feliz de verla.
    Buen fin de semana para todos y también 😘 y 🤗 más especiales para Lily.

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  5. Spoiling and teaching at the same time: the joys.

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  6. So very cute and I bet she will be a fast learner with you as one of her teachers.

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  7. She has quite a mischievous gleam in her eye in the 3rd to last photo!

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  8. Lily looks like she had lots of fun. She will be identifying them by the time she is 4, if not sooner. Smile. She is adorable and it looks like you had a wonderful visit. I hope Lily posts again soon. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Her mom is a biologist so between the two of us I hope so!

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  9. Looks like warm fun on a cool day !

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  10. Didn't Lily and all of you have a wonderful day.
    Great post and lovely photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. You just point the camera at Lily and you have a lovely photograph!

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  11. What a WONDERFUL day - for you all.

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  12. You are a miniature Boris, and will grow up to be a much finer version!

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    1. I am quite sure if she Boris she would recoil in horror. As would I!

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  13. Such a cutie! Love the hair too.

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  14. You have a beautiful collection. Nice to see Lily’s delight. Beautiful pictures!

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  15. How adorable! You are spoiling her, and that's a good thing.

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  16. Love her electric hair! My grandson has hair like that--as I did as a child, too--LOL! :)
    Lovely duck collection!!

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  17. She will be grateful for such experiences and learning for the rest of her life, even if she doesn't become an ornithologist - which she probably will. She will at least love nature I am sure (and take good care of it). Well done big folks.
    Lisbeth

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  18. Lily is so sweet, and it looks that she had a lot of fun with your carved birds David. I guess you spoil her a lot, but you can not resist her. I understand you very well!
    Hugs and kisses, Marit

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  19. Lily is such a delight to see. She's grown into a lovely little girl, and her smiles show how happy she was at your place. I have lots of bird statues, too, perhaps I must show them one day! Thanks for sharing, hugs, Valerie

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    1. I will look forward to seeing your collection, Valerie.

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  20. What a treasure!!! That is all that needs to be said!! Hugs to Lily
    And thanks for stopping by to link in this week.

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  21. Hi David - totally wonderful to see Lily on her visit ... I was wondering about the great outdoors - those temperatures are rather 'cruel' at the moment. Brilliant she's going to be always curious and learning ... delightful post - thanks for sharing with us - cheers Hilary

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  22. Lily is a very lucky little girl to have such caring and thoughful friends along with her Mum, who all share their great love of wildlife with her.
    She is a lovely little girl with gorgeous "staticky" hair.

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  23. Bravo, David! Lily is so lucky to have you as a mentor. These lessons in respect for property and wildlife will benefit all, and your avoidance of baby-talk is exemplary. The real beauty of it is that, from your photos, it is evident that she's actually having a whale of a time!

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  24. Hi David.

    This is amazing. how little Lily can learn so much from all of you around her.
    You see her enjoying.
    And I enjoy this side of the p.c. double along.
    With the beautiful birds and eggs she shows and of course from Lily.
    It's a hit.

    Greetings from Patricia.

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  25. How wonderful to have Lily visit with her mother David.
    Beautiful photo of Lily, and a delicious crumble cookie.
    Greetings Tinie

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  26. Two things struck me: both delightful. One is that you don't talk 'baby talk' to Lily, but offer her the proper names of the treasures she's finding. The other is your patience, which makes an afternoon like this possible. I was lucky enough to have grandparents who weren't well educated and who had little economic security, but who had infinite patience, and taught me to pay attention to the world just as you're teaching Lily.

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  27. ...Lily is getting so BIG, I like her do!

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    1. At some point she has made the transition from a baby to a little person with her own personality, quirks, preferences etc.

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  28. Querido David muchas gracias por compartir estas preciosas fotos, Lily es una niña maravillosa y me gusta ver como le gustan las aves. Creo que ya todos/as le tenemos un inmenso cariño. Me encanta su pelo revuelto, hace su carita chispeante y divertida. Muchos besos y abrazos para todos.

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  29. Lily is a beautiful little girl. I have 2 grandsons.

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    1. Between Miriam and I we have four grandsons, so are thrilled to have this little girl in our lives.

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  30. What a gorgeous bright little button you are Lily, and what a wonderful treat to be able to play with David's carvings and marble eggs.

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  31. You do have special powers, Lily. I can see many wonderful times in the future for you. Hugs and kisses right back at you, little sweetheart.

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  32. Dear Lily,
    nice that you had so much fun playing around with David's ducks.

    Best regards, Corrie

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  33. Lily you are so beautiful and grown up. Playing is always a great way to learn.

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  34. Que brujilla más encantadora, cada día está más maravillosa. Me hace mucha gracia su pelo 😁 disfrutar de su presencia es todo un encanto.
    Un gran abrazo queridos amigos y compadres de vuestro siempre amigo Juan.

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  35. What a delightful visit from Lily. I think you two are a perfect pair, David. She's darling and she's getting a wonderful education even though she doesn't know it -- it's just fun!

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    1. It's true, Jeanie, there is a lot of education in play.

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  36. What better way to learn about the birds with these great examples of the carved birds and David to tell you all about it Lilly.
    Regards,
    Roos

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  37. This is so sweet! Lily is so adorable, and what a great education she is getting by being able to hold the different birds and learn their real names.

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  38. Brilliant... I'm full of joy. Yes :-)
    Thank you David
    I wish you a nice day.
    Hug Viola

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  39. Se ve que estaba disfrutando con las aves y los huevos. Seguro que será una gran defensora de la naturaleza, esta aprendiendo muy bien. Besos y abrazos para todos.

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  40. Hello David, :=) Lovely close ups Lily, such a joy to see you enjoying yourself with David and his ducks.XX

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  41. OMGosh David, she is simply adorable. So nice to have her visit.

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  42. I'm slowly catching up with missed blog posts. Always love a Lily one.

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