Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Guest Post: The legendary Ian and Marshall (not forgetting Eric …)

Regular followers of this blog will be familiar with the legendary Sharing Sausages, who, over the years, graciously shared their wild grass with my flock.  Here is a tribute post to them written by follower rosebudgie.


THE LEGENDARY IAN AND MARSHALL (not forgetting Eric …)

It had been many years since I’d had budgies in my life, and by 2007 the pressure was building. Then I saw this picture on a forum:

Ian on the left

 

I can’t say for sure, because there was a whole brood of similar chicks, but I’ve always felt that Ian was the budgie on the left: there’s a certain look in his eye … Anyhow, I drove to Oxford to meet the family (born in a big cage in a living room) and chose Ian to take away with me. Even before I got him home, I realised that, as I worked full-time, it would be crazy to try to keep a budgie on his own, and that I would need to return to Oxford as soon as possible to get him a friend.

Ian was absolutely over the moon when I brought his brother Marshall back the following Saturday: kissing him, preening him … he couldn’t get enough of him. It’s remembering this that has totally convinced me that, in the vast majority of cases, budgies do need to be with budgies.

For the next ten years, Ian and Marshie colonized the living room. Theoretically their home was the Mini Manor but, especially in their younger years, most of the time they were out and about, flying from cage top to picture frame to window perch to curtain rail, tearing the leaves off my (non-toxic-to-budgies) house plant till it was completely naked.

From the window they would observe the seasons changing:

 

And they particularly loved to kiss and canoodle in the curtains:

Ian and Marshall canoodling

 

As they got older, podgier and lazier, even though the cage was usually left open, they often couldn’t be bothered to leave it after an initial morning flight. I set up a webcam so that, when I was at work, I and their other fans (including, of course, Sweetpea) could watch them eating, snoozing and – in Ian’s case particularly – loudly addressing the nation from the perch in full view of the camera.

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Remembering Cagney: Two years on

Two years ago today, our beautiful Cagney made his way to rainbow bridge.

Cagney

 

Still in our thoughts.

Love you my dear boy.

xxx

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Remembering Atilla: Five years on

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

Atilla

 

Still in our thoughts.

Love you always my dear girl.

xxx

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Remembering Phineas: One year on

One year ago today, our wonderful Phineas made his way to rainbow bridge.

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed.  There have been many changes since his passing but his home, the Silver Villa, is very much the same.  I can still visualise him sitting at each seed pot, chewing the iodine block & sitting on the perch in the doorway.  His pink swing is still in use, though not as a bedtime position as he used it.

Phineas

 

Always in our thoughts.

Love you my lovely boy.

(I still hope you can forgive me).

xxx

 

Wild Grass 2017 (Part 3 of 3)

As previously reported (click here), we have had an abundance of wild grass deliveries this spring & summer.  This is thanks to kind follower rosebudgie & her sharing sausages.

Sadly, at the beginning of July, Marshall left the embrace of his family: brother Ian & his devoted carer, rosebudgie.  With enormous strength of character, Ian carried on sending wild grass.  Seeing only the name ‘Ian’, for the sender, was a poignant moment.

 

Since then, however, a fellow budgie has been drafted in to help him, & follower rosebudgie, with their sadness.  Eric has given them comfort & cheer & has been gracious enough to help Ian send more wild grass:

 

It is astonishing that through all their recent trauma, follower rosebudgie & Ian have continued to think about others & to share their bountiful wild grass.  We thank them unreservedly.

You can see here how much Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie enjoy the grass:

 

This post is dedicated to Marshall.

 

 

Wild Grass 2017 (Part 2 of 3)

Continuing on from my previous post (click here), you can see many more of the deliveries of wild grass from kind follower rosebudgie and the sharing sausages:

 

 

Here are more photos of Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie enjoying the wild grass:

 

Many thanks to follower rosebudgie & the sharing sausages.

 

Note: Since these parcels were delivered, dearly beloved Sausage Marshall took off on an adventure of his own.  This post is dedicated to him.

 

 

Wild Grass 2017 (Part 1 of 3)

The parcels of wild grass from kind follower rosebudgie & the sharing sausages started arriving in April.  There have been many, many deliveries since – so many, that I am reporting the details in a series of separate posts.

 

Here are the boys tucking in to their special treat:

 

As you can see, the wild grass deliveries have been greatly appreciated by Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie.

 

 

Perry’s Pleasurable Places

Following on from my post on Lennie’s pleasurable places,  I will attempt to balance things out by reporting on Perry’s pleasurable places. Perry has not been anywhere near as prolific as Lennie in the wiggle/jiggle department, but has indulged nevertheless.  His first foray into this habit was with the red mirror.

28th February 2017 – The red mirror.

 

However, Perry’s current preferred pleasurable place is the green peg (below).

26th June 2017 – The green peg.

 

I choose to believe this behaviour is completely normal. 🙂

Perry

 

 

Lennie’s Pleasurable Places

This post has been a long time coming & because of that, is quite long & video heavy.  Warning over!

From early on, Lennie began to wiggle & jiggle when & where he could.  He has come across as experimental but it is possible he has just not been fussed & made the most of whatever was available at the required time.  In the following videos you can get a flavour of his open-mindedness.

1st December 2016 – Raffia toy.

 

14th December 2016 – Perch, holding onto millet.

 

22nd December 2016 – White seed feeder.

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Birthday millet

This post is a bit late, but I wanted to share photos of the millet party on Bezukhov’s birthday in June.  I think they all enjoyed it: