Puddings & Toyboys

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Remembering Raspy: Six years on

Six years ago today, our beautiful Raspy made her way to rainbow bridge.  I hope the millet is plentiful there.



Still in our thoughts.

Love you always my dear girl.



Remembering Raspy on her birthday

Happy birthday my beautiful girl.

Here is a video from 7 years ago, of Raspy & her sister Atilla.


Always in our thoughts.







Goodbye Manor….

For various reasons, I decided it was time to replace the Manor (Montana San Remo).  I had considered replacing it like-for-like but in the end, with great regret, thought it best to let it go completely.

Atilla & Raspy on the Manor door

The Manor is tied up with so many memories.  First & foremost, it makes me think of Atilla & Raspy because they were its first occupants.  The sisters were happy there.  They certainly claimed it for their own & micro-supervised any changes to the layout.  Cleaning of their domain was also scrupulously observed, to the point where they would, dare I say, hinder progress!

After having the Manor all to themselves for over a year, Atilla & Raspy graciously allowed two toyboys to share. In a sense, these were the golden years – two happy couples (Atilla/Cagney & Raspy/Bezukhov); two loyal sisters (Atilla & Raspy); two great buddies (Cagney & Bezukhov).

Of course nothing stays the same.  The Manor was witness to our first tragic event – the loss of Raspy.  Not too long after, the Manor was rearranged to accommodate an increasingly ailing Atilla.  Being the leader, the Manor was very much her territory & I feel she would have defended it, & its occupants, to the end.  When it sadly came, the end was peaceful, but the Manor lost another legend.

Cagney & Bezukhov continued on in the Manor, leaderless.  In fact, the Manor never saw another leader.  We were, of course, joined by the adorably, irascible Phineas.  Famously, Phineas never slept overnight in the Manor because the toyboys did not want to share their bedtime with him, so Phinny had his own sleeping quarters.  When Thomas joined us, he moved in with Phineas, rather than with the toyboys in the Manor.

Loft area

So, despite the changes to the flock, Cagney & Bezukhov retained sole residency of the Manor.  Time marches on though & changes continued.  The next significant change, in terms of the Manor, was the loss of Cagney.  Despite living in the Manor for 5 years, Bezukhov, without his best buddy, was uncomfortable sleeping there alone.  There was a trial run of Phineas joining Bezukhov in the Manor at bedtime but it just did not work.  Bezukhov was left with no alternative – he moved into the Ferplast with Phineas.

Bezukhov & Phineas did temporarily return to the Manor when the Ferplast was replaced with the scary new Silver Villa, but once the Silver Villa was accepted, the Manor was abandoned once again & reverted to being a daytime play area only.

The Golden Age of the Manor was over.

It is with regret I let the Manor go, but I thank it unreservedly for all the pleasure & comfort it has given.  Though it is no longer here, memories of the Manor will never fade.

Goodbye Manor.



Remembering Raspy: Five years on

Five years ago today, our beautiful Raspy made her way to rainbow bridge.



Still in our thoughts.

Love you my dear girl.




Remembering Raspy on her birthday

Happy birthday my beautiful girl.

Always in our thoughts.




Remembering my girls: Week Three

The diary for the second week is posted here: Week Two.


Sunday 5th October 2008

Atilla & Raspy asleep

Atilla & Raspy asleep

I put the bath there with lots of spinach leaves in. They saw it but did not go in. When I moved the ladder around, Raspy jumped on my hand, had a nibble then got on the other perch, using my hand as a go-between.  Atilla then jumped on, had a nibble then fluffed up & fell asleep!

I gave them some fig which was appreciated.

I put the ladder horizontally across.  It is funny watching them walk across it as they have not quite worked out where the rungs are & keep knocking their chins. Raspy also discovered you can go down through one hole & up through another.

I gave them spinach in the evening.  I noticed Atilla was holding her foot up to hold it but it was too high. I put my hand in to give leverage.  Atilla jumped on & had a nibble of the spinach that was now within easy reach.  Raspy also jumped on my hand. I held them up to spinach which they carried on eating even though the perch was just below them.


Monday 6th October 2008

Raspy on the swing

Raspy on the swing

I left some spinach & carrot for them whilst I was at work.  They were eating seed from the in-built seed pot at the bottom.  Carrot was licked clean by my return.

Also, on my return, I found Atilla quietly sitting on the swing!  After a few minutes she got off & Raspy got on! It was very amusing to watch.

They sat by the empty carrot pot, looking at me as if to say, well fill it up again, then!

They got on my hand to chew green carrot tops.  Later on, when I put spinach in, I put my hand in to help Atilla up to the top to eat it.  They both climbed on my hand, even without a treat.  Raspy would jump on & I would move my hand to the other perch & she would get off.  My hand was like a transport system.

That evening, I took the open seed pot out & they both sat & ate out of the 2 in-built, covered seed pots!!!


Tuesday 7th October 2008

I left some spinach & carrot for them whilst I was at work. I put the open seed pot back in so I could be sure they were eating whilst I was not there.

Atilla prefers the ball with bell.  Raspy prefers the red mirror.


Wednesday 8th October 2008

I left some spinach & carrot for them whilst I was at work. That evening they played on my hand/arm twice.  The first time was with the new plug toy (plastic cover that comes with a new plug) which caused great excitement.  Atilla sometimes goes a bit mad, shakes her head & bottom & does a little dance up & down my arm (usually backwards).

Raspy comes up to the front of cage to nibble my nose.


Thursday 9th October 2008

I left some spinach & cucumber for them – they did not eat all the cucumber. That evening they played on my hand/arm 3 times. They investigated the cat ball on my hand.  Atilla jumped on immediately.  Afterwards I hung the cat ball from a wooden stick & they found that to play with.  I also put in the homemade plug toy which they played with again. They scrambled over my hand when I helped them eat the spinach later on.

Atilla came up to the side of the cage & nibbled my glasses.


Friday 10th October 2008

I left some spinach for them whilst I was at work.

Yes, a rather abrupt ending to the diary!  So, there you have it – the first weeks spent with my girls.  Very early on there were signs of them dominating me & of course it did not take long until I was completely under their thumb claws…  (& enjoying every second of it!)

Remembering my girls: Week Two

The diary for the first week is posted here: Week One.


Sunday 28th September 2008

The next time, Atilla faffed about less before coming to my hand.  Raspy followed shortly afterwards & they both squabbled a bit, knocking each other off, but at one point were both on my hand, tucking into the millet!  Later, Atilla walked up my sleeve & then flew off.

They investigated the new lantern mirror.

Today they also ate fig (eyes lit up at that!), broccoli & grated carrot.


Monday 29th September 2008

I left some basil in their cage which was still there on my return home from work.

They ate millet off my hand for about 30 minutes that evening. Raspy was the main contender but Atilla came along afterwards & got all wound up, trying to find space on my hand. They walked up & down my arm a bit too & chewed my sleeve.

I really need to get them to eat out of the covered seed pots at the bottom of the cage because Atilla has got into the habit of dancing in the open seed pot they currently eat out of & kicking the seeds out. I put their open seed pot further down the cage & although they noticed where it was, did not go to it.


Tuesday 30th September 2008

I left some grated carrot for them today. I returned from work to little orange faces. They had licked the carrot pot clean – not a trace. They went on my hand again to chew the carrot top. They also nibbled my fingers, arm & sleeve a lot. They slipped off a couple of times, but returned.

Later on I put the open seed pot lower down on the other side & they found that. I put it lower down again. I put the enchanted perch up so they could perch on that & eat the seed. After much deliberation they both investigated & that was nibbled.  Also, whilst I had my hand in sorting out the seed pot, they nibbled at my sleeve again & Raspy climbed on to walk over to the seed pot!

Raspy has been doing a lot of hovering about in the middle of the cage. I moved the ladder up more.

They tried some cucumber. Current fruit/veg scores:

  • Cucumber 6/10,
  • Fig 500293801830/10,
  • Carrot 8/10,
  • Yellow pepper 3/10
  • Green carrot top 10/10,
  • Broccoli 1/10
  • Spinach 4/10 (potential to improve)
  • Lettuce 2/10


Wednesday 1st October 2008

I left some spinach & watercress for them today & moved the seed pot back up to the top again.  There was more investigating of my hand for the treat. I gave them some fig. (Note to self: I must photograph their blissful faces when eating it).


Thursday 2nd October 2008

I left some cucumber for them which they had licked clean by my return. They jumped on my hand to investigate the wooden stirrer.  Again, I put the seed pot near the bottom & swapped the perches over so they could sit on the plastic one rather than the enchanted one. They got down there with some effort.  I saw Raspy climb up the ladder at one point.  Both do quite a lot of hovering around the middle of the cage.  They fight quite a bit.  Atilla is the more dominant & aggressive.  In fact, Atilla waited until Raspy wasn’t looking & jumped on the perch at her so she fell off.  She did that, on purpose, twice.  They were playing a lot with their ball & hanging off it. There was also some walking around the ceiling upside down too. They do not seem scared of the camera.


Friday 3rd October 2008

I left some basil for them whilst I was at work. There was no hand-taming this evening as I was out. They were narked with me when I nipped back during the course of the evening to turn the light on etc. They did not move or greet me. They were still narked when I got home later that night.


Saturday 4th October 2008

I got them another rope perch & a swing. The swing was largely ignored. Atilla pecked at the spinach attached to it but was put off by it swinging around.

The rope perch was put around the in-built, covered seed pots at the bottom. They seem to eat 2 or 3 seeds from the pot in passing but are routinely eating out of the open seed pot also now at the bottom.  Atilla at one point jumped on the floor & had a root around!  Raspy followed.

I attached two wooden stirrers to the soft grip pegs & they swing back & forth. These have caused great excitement & amusement; lots of hanging off them & doing the splits (foot on perch and foot on stirrer).

They like the trill topper.

Raspy eating Trill Topper

Raspy eating Trill Topper


To be continued

Remembering my girls: Week One

When I first brought my girls home, I kept a diary for just over 3 weeks of my attempts to tame them. I thought I would reproduce it on this blog.

At the time, I had not decided on their names but for the purposes of these posts I will refer to them as Atilla & Raspy.


Sunday 21st September 2008

Atilla & Raspy - second day

Atilla & Raspy – second day

I got my two girls from a breeder. He had about 50 budgies in an outside aviary. My girls were in a separate cage in the aviary. The breeder got them out & showed me how to hold them. Atilla drew blood!  They pooped on my hand & on my boot.

He pointed out their parents & I recall being stunned by the bright colour of one of them & he said that Raspy would turn that colour. I confess that I did not take too much notice of that comment, thinking I was probably looking at the wrong bird as I could not believe one of mine could change colour like that.

On the drive home, my girls sat quietly on the back seat (in their travel cage!), with the occasional “tweet”. On arriving home, there were a few “cheeps” when moving them off the back seat. Once in their big cage, they were quiet & hardly moved.


Monday 22nd September 2008

They are eating the millet when I put it in front of them but they will not go & eat it.  I have not seen them drink any water which worries me.  They also ran away from the seed when I offered it to them which also worries me!!!  They have investigated the green carrot tops when I put that up to them. They probably just want the nasty red nosed face woman to go away! (I had a cold!)  They do not like it when I cough, either…

Atilla, Raspy & carrot top

Atilla, Raspy & carrot top

They sometimes chirp in response to the youtube video of birds. I need to find one longer than 3 mins. They were very lively at the breeders so I know they are capable of being lively.

They are very together & I have even seen them preen each other’s heads.  Atilla is definitely a girl.  The breeder reckons Raspy (the blue one) is a boy but I am not convinced.

They have the lovely big cage which they haven’t explored yet!

Hallelujah! They have flown from perch to perch, about 4 times! PLUS, Raspy has investigated the water pot & I am sure I saw ‘him’ take a sip!

The millet is going down well but it is only supposed to be used as a treat as too much can make them fat, but I guess they need a treat right now.  They ate one bit so much it fell off the clip.  They looked at it on the floor but decided to leave it there & investigate the other bit by the other perch. So, it means they are using their brains a little!


Tuesday 23rd September 2008

They seem quite confident with the top section of the cage but have not explored the bottom part (where the in-built seed pots are).  The millet was razored to the bone yesterday.  I will put some more in today, but clip it to the bottom near the seed pots. They have a separate open seed pot at the top which they have been eating out of.

Atilla drank water twice this morning which is a relief.  Raspy spent half an hour chirping loudly non-stop. They have investigated the mirror, twirled the perch toy thingy & thumped the hanging ball/bell thing.


Wednesday 24th September 2008

Atilla does this strange thing where she rubs her head along the perch & tries to rub it under Raspy’s foot.  One time Raspy was completely unbalanced by this & fell off!

Raspy & Atilla preening

Raspy & Atilla preening

Sadly the fall to the bottom of the cage did not bring on a let’s-explore-down-here-oh-there’s-a-big-pot-of-Trill-just-there, rather a oh-dear-where-am-I-best-get-back-up-to-safe-perch-quick!

They seem to like Laurel & Hardy’s “Honolulu Baby“.  On the TV, they are suspicious of the end-of-round jingle in Weakest Link & are not keen on the BBC News intro music. No adverse reaction to Eastenders or Corrie theme tunes so that is positive…..

I changed the perches around, to encourage them to go to the bottom of the cage but they were having none of it & were confined to one side of the top all afternoon, avoiding the “nasty” perch over there…. Even though the nasty perch had millet & green carrot tops by it.

Finally, Atilla jumped over to get some water (obviously forgetting the perch was “nasty”), and what a surprise – the perch bounces! It is like the millennium wibbly-wobbly bridge! (It is only attached to one side of the cage, hence wobble). I thought, this will freak them out, but they loved it! I guess it mimics what it would be like in the wild, landing on a tree branch. They were running up & down it with great excitement. The adrenaline must have been soaring because Atilla then jumped down to the mid-level perch. So, a bit of sneaky tactics & I got them to mid-cage level!


Thursday 25th September 2008

After work on Thursday, I held my hand in the cage (& arm – it’s quite a big cage!) holding a spray of millet close to them.  Raspy tucked into the millet & gradually I moved my hand away.  She kept nibbling my hand (sign they are checking it is a solid surface etc.)  She refused to budge & was almost horizontal, stretching out, with two feet firmly wrapped around the perch.


Friday 26th September 2008

On Friday, I did the same thing but this time Raspy plucked up courage & jumped on my hand but obviously decided it felt a bit strange & was off a split second later.


Saturday 27th September 2008

Saturday I did the same again. This time, Atilla was on the mid-level perch & was chewing at my sleeve, then climbed onto my sleeve, nibbled at my arm & attempted to climb up my arm to my hand, holding the millet. Unfortunately, Atilla slipped & flew off. (Mental note to self: pull sleeve up to wrist).

Later on, Atilla tucked into the millet. When moving it further away, Atilla cautiously put one foot on my hand (other firmly attached to perch) & after a few moments had 2 feet on my hand, tucking into the millet & was then climbing all over my hand looking for a better position! All the while, Raspy watched.

To be continued

Count Bezukhov

Actually, what I meant to write, was an order to Bezukhov to count the raindrops running down the window, e.g., “Count Bezukhov, count!”  Readers of Tolstoy’s War & Peace will understand why I simply titled this “Count Bezukhov”. 🙂

Bezukhov has certainly had plenty of opportunity to count raindrops, as witnessed in these photos:


On the subject of War & Peace, in the UK, earlier this year, we were treated to a new BBC version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace_(2016_TV_series)

As my very own Bezukhov’s name came from the book, I felt I had to watch the series to see how well he was represented.  The drama appeared to get mixed reviews & one of the areas of criticism was over the casting; were the right actors picked for the parts?  It got me thinking that perhaps they would have been better off casting budgies?  In which case, how would the cast list look?

!! Spoiler Alert !!

It goes without saying that Bezukhov would be ideally cast as Pierre Bezukhov; both have big hearts & a noble spirit.  Tolstoy’s Bezukhov was on a great, spiritual journey, with twists & turns & ups & downs & through it all, everything he did was with the best of intentions.  My very own Bezukhov has had many ups & downs, with his health & the loss of his girlfriend, leader & best buddy.  Like Tolstoy’s Bezukhov, he has retained a lovely nature through it all & has been very forgiving & giving.

My next choice would be Atilla to play General Kutuzov.  She was a born leader, as it seemed General Kutuzov was.  She cared deeply for her flock, as General Kutuzov cared for his troops.  Both had great presence of mind.

Who would her sister, Raspy play?   Read more of this post

Remembering Raspy: Four years on

Four years ago today, our beautiful Raspy made her way to rainbow bridge.


Still in our thoughts.

Love you my dear girl.