Bird Sanctuary wise it's been a tough few weeks. I've had some really painful losses, but I also got Skywalker, a baby magpie who had lost his parents and sibling in a cat attack. Skywalker is one of the most amazing little birds I've ever had the luck to raise. He is full of life, adorable and everyone who meets him falls in love. He's worked wonders at our stalls, attracting lots of attention and probably some extra sales. .
Skywalker is a good example of hope and strength. Despite his terrible start he battles every day to learn to fly, to walk on his badly broken leg which is currently splinted. He falls asleep when you hold him and he shouts for food from his human vending machine on a regular basis. During the day he sits on my desk at work and in the evenings he goes in a larger cage in the hope he's going to learn to perch. Last night I watched him attempt to jump on a perch several times, falling off due to the leg splint but continuing to try. Skywalker never gives up.
A lot of people don't like magpies - you can't blame them when they kill baby birds and steal eggs - but Skywalker is out to prove everyone wrong. I would challenge anyone to meet him and not fall instantly in love.
He's also taught me a lot about myself. Sometimes I give in too easily. I've had a lot of disappointment with my writing lately but I have to keep going - it's something I love and something I'd do no matter what happened. One day Skywalker will fly and one day a publisher will read my books and fall in love with them. IT WILL HAPPEN.