Hopeful Anticipation

This afternoon I went to Killerton with my family and had a lovely walk in bright sunshine – which was far from ideal for photos.  We did find this robin turning on the charm and posing for me!

Hey, up here, look at me
Hey, up here, look at me
I'll give you a twirl
I’ll give you a twirl
Aren't I gorgeous?
Aren’t I gorgeous?

And then William and Louisa agreed to share their raisins, so my son tempted Mr Robin by putting some on a branch.

Well, I'll just have a little taste
Well, I’ll just have a little taste
If there's no more, I'll be off then
If there’s no more, I’ll be off then
Oh, and thanks, please come again
Oh, and thanks, please come again

Travel Theme, birds

Yesterday as I walked beside the Axe estuary, I heard a little flutter in the cliff beside me. I turned just as robin landed.
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My heart sang with joy as he sang to me.robin1

I got a little closer.robin

And then we both travelled on our different journeys.

There are many myths and legends associated with robins. One says that if a robin pecks at a window a death will soon happen. But there are also pagan connections with rebirth,  such as the myth of the killing of the Wren,  the little King of the Waning Year,  by the Robin Redbreast, the new King of the Waxing Year.
My favourite tells of the rebirth of the spirit , when after solstice, the darkness that has ruled since halloween, is overcome by the new light of spring.
And so, I wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with blessings and the  song of birds wherever you travel.

For more bird themed travel posts,

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/12/27/travel-theme-birds/