Tuesday, 17 February 2015

T for Tuesday. Morning Mr Magpie!

Had to share this!  Our workshop is in an old farm building. it is not a romantic old barn, no sir. It actually was brought off the Ministry of Defence at the end of the second war, dismantled and reassembled in its present situation once a concrete base had been laid. There are three. They are cosmetically very shabby by now, and we, well - he, has done quite a lot of renovating.  We use one as a store and one as a workshop.  The third still houses farm machinery and the 'don't throw that away, it might come in handy' stuff of at least two generations.  Filthy, yes. Fascinating...hmm.

Imagine then our mixed emotions after fitting a new roof and all that goes with it, to discover that birds still treat the place as trainee flying space. Oh so dangerous..we use an extractor to cut down on dust, we have countless 'killer' machines and tools and have to wear ear defenders all the time. And yet the birds must be used to it. We manage to open the large end doors and shoo most of them out. Occasionally though, they'll surprise us. Mr Dunnit was eating a honey sandwich at break time when this Magpie decided to intervene. He got so close that Mr D decided it was worth the risk of getting his phone out to try to snap a pic...and the bird didn't flinch. So..here you have a Magpie eating honey off the photographer's finger.  I'm still amazed!
Joining Elizabeth this morning..although technically, honey isn't a drink...but it was break time!

29 comments:

die amelie said...

Such a lovely post, Julia!

Thanks for sharing! xxx

voodoo vixen said...

Wow... what a fabulous pic and experience too... always think of magpies as being a bit nippy with the old beak... :(

Deanne said...

love it :)

Halle said...

Oh my gosh! That is crazy that the bird did that!!
I'd love to see a photo or two of those barns. They sound very interesting. I love that they are being reused...or perhaps recycled. Not sure the proper term. :)
Happy T day!

Jay said...

Fantastic picture. Lovely to have such a friendly lunch companion.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Ah, but that IS a drink, at least for the bird. What an amazing photo. Your hubby might be vying for your next scrap layout. This is fantastic.

Thanks for sharing this beauty with us for T this Tuesday.

Divers and Sundry said...

Wow! What a brave bird. But many of us would take a risk for a sip of honey :)

Linda Kunsman said...

what a great picture ! I can't believe the bird wasn't scared away. Must've been pretty hungry. And now hubby has a new friend to lunch with:)Happy T day!

Carmen said...

I love, love, love, love,love, love, love, love,love, love, love, love,love, love, love, love,love, love, love, love *deep breath* love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE this picture Julia! Thank you so much for sharing it. And to Mr D for risking taking it. What a special moment that must have been :)

Krisha said...

WOW! to get a picture such as this is a real treat, thanks for sharing it. Like E said, honey is the drink of the birds!

Happy T-day

~*~Patty S said...

What a great photo and so amazing about your Magpie!
Happy T Day.

TwinkleToes2day said...

How exciting. I guess it must have got used to seeing people around and fancied a bit of honey sandwich, haha. Happy T Day Julia :o))

Helen said...

what a great photo! hope Mr D still has all his fingers....

Sue said...

Bet that bird will be back with it's mates:)

Neet said...

Oh Em Gee! That is amazing! Wow, how wonderful.
Hugs, Neet xx

misteejay said...

Wow, Mr D got a fabulous shot there. A new photo ready for the next crop?
Toni xx

Neesie said...

Brilliant shot... ambidextrous too 😊

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

That's very close! I can vouch for the honey sandwiches! What is even better is peanut butter and honey! Hmm!

Ohhh Snap said...

What a great story and picture : D.

Dianne said...

what a terrific pic! ...and enjoyed your description of the barns too. :) barns are for work spaces, so I think you are right on track! Happy T Day!

Rita said...

OMGosh!! That is amazing! Who knew what a magpie would do for honey-- LOL!
Happy T-Day! :)

sandra de said...

Wonderful pic of Mr D and his morning tea companion.
Sandra de (patiently waiting for woyww link)

Robyn said...

Wonderful! I thrill overtime my chickadees lit on my hand- mostly to scold me to put out more food!

Eliza said...

Julia, what a beautiful post Magpies are my favorite bird and he looks like a baby. We hand feed them at my dads place and his cat George looks after one in particular that is handicapped. If any other animal tries to hurt it he attacks them. Thanks for the smile of today's post.

Hugs Eliza

Patsy Paterno said...

WOW! I loooove birds! Always trying to draw and paint them! :^) patsy

VonnyK said...

He's a gorgeous bird. I have a family of them and they call at the kitchen window. I break up cheese slices and they just love it.
Von.

Karla B said...

What a lovely magpie!Love your post!

jinxxxygirl said...

How cool is that!! I saw my first Magpie when we moved here to California. They are so awesome.Happy Belated Tday! Hugs! deb

dawn said...

Hello and Happy T Day late! WOW, that is a great shot, I'd be afraid to get that close. Love hearing about barns, would love to have a few in my yard.