Puddings & Toyboys

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Open-minded about mint

everystockphoto_mint_242060_lI had some fresh mint.  I wondered if anyone would eat it.

Mint has a rather chequered history here.  Atilla & Raspy thought mint was the devil & they took to the hills as soon as they got a whiff of it.  The toyboys were not impressed with it either, but were not so dramatic about it.

Perhaps they would think differently about it now?

I got a small, inoffensive leaf & decided to offer it to each boy in turn.  As previously posted in 2011 (click here), Cagney was not impressed.  He is still not impressed & though he approached the mint leaf, the smell was enough to tell him a nibble was out of the question.  Bezukhov, as in 2011, could get past the smell & have a nibble but clearly the taste was not to his liking, then & now, & he quickly turned his back on it.

everystockphoto_mint_242060_lHowever, Phineas was excited to see some green stuff coming his way & reached out to bite it.  In fact, the dear boy liked it enough to chomp through a substantial part of the leaf.   Mint is popular!  Mint has a friend!  Mint is good!

What about Thomas?  What did he think?  Well he had a couple of bites but looked a little unsure.  I suspect that for the time being, he may be keeping an open mind about mint.

What’s this green stuff?

Much of my effort recently has been spent smoothing the path for the toyboys & Phineas to get together.  My other mission has been to introduce vegetables to Phineas.  As far as I know, in the past, other than seed he has only eaten apple.  I thought that when they are all together he will be inspired to eat whatever the toyboys are eating.

So far, Phinny has been too excitable to think of eating anything new.  I had put some baby corn on the landing platform & Cagney desperately wanted to eat it but Phineas just kept running back & forth across it, trying to get Cagney’s attention.  The same with broccoli.

At the weekend, I tried a different tactic.  This time, I put some broccoli on a skewer & hung it in the (safe) loft area for the toyboys to eat.  Above this, on the roof, I pegged a small broccoli floret for Phinny.  Initially, he just ran around it, on his prowling mission, monitoring the toyboys beneath him.  However, he did notice the toyboys munching their green stuff & decided to peck at the broccoli in front of him.  He pecked a few times & ran around a few times.  Eventually, he pecked & ingested a bit!  It did not kill him so he ate some more!  What an achievment this was!  I got it on film to share here!

Well done my little grey man!