Saturday, February 4, 2012

A French Country Weekend

For nearly six months a handsome pheasant couple has been living in our garden. When the dogs are out, they take refuge in the huge old pine trees -- she in the one on the left, he in the right. We have acres of fields behind our house where hunters stalk their prey on the weekends. Apparently this couple has the dates on a calendar because Saturdays and Sundays they do not venture out of their safe haven.

During the week Charlotte sometimes sits between the two trees and the three of them converse -- that's my interpretation of the scene. My-Reason-For-Living-In-France has another one. He thinks the male, who has far more to say than his wife, is warning Charlotte not to chase them if she sees them on the ground.

I've always cherished my childhood fairy tale fantasies about animals talking and becoming friends.


The enchanted home said...

They are so beautiful! I love Pheasants and always am drawn to them whether its a painting, a needleponit pillow or a pewter or silver object, beautiful and elegant that they are...and lucky you getting to see the real deal in your own yard!

Splenderosa said...

Tina said it so well. I do think animals/fowl communicate...they are so advanced they have no need to speak, as us humans do. :)'s

kathy peck said...

Beautiful pheasants, and hope you're having a wonderful weekend and celebrating your great news.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to have this pair grace your yard. Almost ten years ago I woke up to find a beautiful male peacock in my large pine tree he lived there for almost four years. We get up early so the "morning wakeup calls" were fine with us. He became such a part of our family. Greeting my husband when he drove into the driveway, coming down to see me when I was in the yard. I loved having him with us. I began to call our humble mountain home an estate as he added a touch of class to our property. Thanks for reminding me of how much I enjoyed him.
Congratulations on your book, I will be watching for it.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Sounds as if you have an idyllic lifestyle in your corner of France.
Bon weekend

BigLittleWolf said...

The pheasant is beautiful. (Don't think I've ever seen one in person.)

I saw a heron about 2 hours ago. Gorgeous. Even a few hours out in nature can be so calming.

Katherines Corner said...

How wonderful. I love your pheasant fiends!We had a beautiful pheasant living in the field behind our home for quite some time. Then they built homes back there and we don't know where he has gone. I hope he is safe and sound though.Thank you so much for participating in the Thursday Favorite Thins Blog Hop Linky Party xo P.S. I lived in France for four years when I was young, I have some happy memories of of my time spent there

Carol said...

What a beautiful couple they make.

l've always felt that animals communicate with each other.

l'm so glad these two know to stay hidden on hunting days.

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

What joy to have such creatures of beauty visit you. I so agree that animals communicate. Just this week on my daily run by the ocean I watched a brown pelican and seagull, who were inseparable in the ocean. The pelican would fly 50 yards and dive into the ocean for a fish, then promptly alight and fly back to the seagull, the latter would peck the pelican's beak and head. I watched for at least an hour and there was no sign of those two separating, The love displayed between them was very special.
I have no doubt Charlotte is experiencing similar comradery with the pheasants.
Helen xxx

Tish Jett said...

Oh, Helen, I love your story.

I believe in friendships of all kinds.


P.S.: Yes Kathy, I'm floating.

Susan Tiner said...

The pheasants make a very handsome couple.

I'm glad to hear you're floating :).

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