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Remembering Thomas on his adoption day

Thomas came into our home on this day, 3 years ago.  He was very handsome & loved by all.  Here he is, having a chat with the perch:

 

Always in our thoughts.

♥♥♥

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Remembering Thomas: Three years on

Three years ago today, our beautiful Thomas made his way to rainbow bridge.

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Thomas

 

Still in our thoughts & still missed.

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Remembering Thomas on his adoption day

Thomas came into our home on this day, 3 years ago.  He made a big impression even though his stay was short.  We remember him with fondness.

Thomas

Thomas

 

Always in our thoughts.

♥♥♥

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Spring Banner

I am very proud to report that Thomas features on the spring-themed banner of a budgerigars forum!  The banner has forget-me-nots to represent dearly departed budgies to show we will forget-them-not.

There is a competition each season to select a new banner, with the winner voted for by the members.  The following is the winner:

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The beautiful budgies are (L to R): Bennie, Abbie, Monty, Alfie & Thomas.

It can be seen in situ here: http://budgerigarsforum.proboards.com/ for the next few months.  Do take a look & have a browse around the friendly & informative forum. 🙂

 

 

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 Thomas: Two years on

So, it has been two whole years without Thomas.

I have been thinking of him a lot recently.

Phinny’s new need for me to ruffle his cheek feathers makes me think of Thomas.  Thomas often used to fluff up his cheek feathers & tilt his head slightly & that was his cue for someone (anyone – I do not think he was fussy) to preen them.  His subtle signals were ignored initially until one day, when the Toyboys were holidaying in my bedroom, Phineas temporarily put aside thoughts of his own needs & preened Thomas.  It was a momentous occasion, not just because Thomas finally got what he wanted but because in getting that, he showed that Phineas was capable of putting someone else’s needs before him – an amazing achievement for such a young lad!

 

The Thomas Bath was named in honour of him.  He would throw himself in there with abandon & once again, without realising, taught the others of the joy of having a bath.  When I see Phineas & Bezukhov bathing in the Thomas Bath I think, “Thank you, Thomas – what a guy!”

 

Thank you for those lovely times, young Thomas.

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Remembering Thomas on his adoption day

Thomas came into our home on this day, 2 years ago.  He was, we believe, around 4 months old at the time, putting his birthday (or hatchday) at sometime in January.  As we do not know the exact date that he came into this world, we will remember the date he came into our lives.

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Always in our thoughts.

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Remembering Thomas: Pillow complete

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

At long last, I have completed the final resting place for Thomas.

Previously I had reported that the inner cover was finished.  I also mentioned the difficulty I had in completing this housing for Thomas’s remains.  For some reason, it has taken me ages to make decisions on what fabric to use, what colours, what design & what photos.  I suspect the long drawn out agonising was due in part to Thomas being with us for such a short time; we only touched the surface of his personality before his health problems took over.

This was also an ideal opportunity for me to give him a permanent tribute that shows his short time here did not lessen his importance to us.  I did not want to get that wrong, hence, I think, the long time it took to finally complete the work.

My rough designs have been hanging about for some time & I guess it was inevitable someone would use them for target practice (naming no names… Phineas):    Read more of this post

Remembering Thomas: One year on

So, it has been one whole year without Thomas. 

We cope.  We carry on.  But we never forget. 

He was a beautiful blue boy who will remain forever in our hearts.

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Love you very much, young Thomas.

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Remembering Thomas: Progress on pillow

It has been some time since I posted on Thomas’s sad return to the fold.  As with Raspy & Atilla, my plan has been to make a personal pillow for his remains that reflects a little of his personality, rather than keep the bland & hard bamboo pouch supplied.

One reason for the delay in completing this has been my need to find a piece of fabric that accurately reflects the bright blue colour he was.  Perhaps I have been a bit fussy but nothing seems to be quite right.  If it is the right intensity of blue, it is the wrong shade… & so on.

Anyway, recently I finally completed his inner pouch.  This is a very simple design.  I used white, as he had a white face & added some blue embroidered writing, saying:

Thomas Perrywinkle

27th April 2013 (adoption day)

to 27th January 2014

I think I have decided on the design for the outer cover.  It is difficult to encompass everything I want to express in such a small item but hopefully the care taken & time invested in creating his final ‘home’ will show, at the very least, that he was loved very much.


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