I was expecting a glorious sun rise, hearing choirs singing and fireworks. Instead the only lights were from the christmas decorations belonging to the neighbours and a foggy, misty morning. After all it is my birthday today, and you would think an effort could have been made somewhere in the sky. On the other hand I am not alone in celebrating. Today is also St. Nicholas Day which means that the Santa Claus appears in many parts of Europe bringing Christmas biscuits, sweets and various nuts for the kids. I am sharing my birthday with a few million kids. This has an advantage that no-one actually forgets your birthday. I only really remember most people’s birthdays due to Facebook, but mine never seems to be forgotten. No big deal this year, as I am 70 +1 year. Last year was the big one.
Yesterday I had the feeling that I was being watched by a flock of birds. I think Alfred Hitchcock got his idea to make the film “Birds” from the sparrows. The gardiner had done a refurbish of my lawn which had suffered under the feet of the builders during the renovation work and the gardiners had resowed grass seed. My birds have their own canteen, a birdhouse, which is always full of seeds. I actually have the fattest birds in the area. However this is not enough and I caught them yesterday sitting on my newly prepared lawn eating the grass seeds. I scared them away and they fled to the trees waiting for the next opportunity. They were sitting, watching and waiting. I was surrounded.
In the meanwhile a female blackbird appeared and also decided to take a walk around this newly prepared lawn. I am basically a bird lover and do look after them in the cold Winter days, but they are now pecking the hand that feeds them. Blackbirds dig deeper than sparrows I noticed. She often flies off with a worm in her beak. So she retired to the edge of the garden when she realised I was not welcoming her with open grass seeds and sat there watching for the next opportunity.
Today I will be celebrating my birthday by visiting the supermarket and perhaps treat myself to something special for lunch, instead of thre usual Bratwurst or hamburger. I am thinking a nice tender piece of beef with the trimmings.
I noticed they now have the Christmas Tree at the local supermarket, so I took a photo as I do not have a Chrismas Tree at home. Enjoy the day, a happy St. Nicholas Day to all.