First of all, this post has nothing to do with design but I hope random irrelevant posts like this can sometimes stir the imagination. I quite enjoy walking around in nature and attempt to photograph wildlife at times although I’m certainly no David Attenborough. So it was kind of cool when wildlife landed in on my doorstep while visiting my parents home in Wexford this weekend. A beautiful Robin flew in the window as I worked on the computer. Seeing a wild Robin up close was really cool, he was flying from one room to another ignoring all the windows we left open for him to escape through. Eventually after he flew up a flight of stairs and visited three bedrooms he decided to fly out the window and off into the garden.
It reminded me of a time when I was younger, Dad and his friend Paddy Doyle brought me to Philip Heenan’s Ringroe Stud, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary to see the famous show jumping stallion Clover Hill. I had never met anyone quite like Philip Heenan before or afterward. When I first met him he was sitting in the stable with two Robins sitting on his shoulder, it was quite extraordinary to see wild birds to flock over to land on his hand or shoulder. You could sense that he was a gentle soul and the wildlife responded to his calm ways. Paddy had told me previously that if Philip didn’t like the look of the mare or owner he wouldn’t allow the mare to be covered by his stallion which I still find a fascinating quirk. Click on the photo of Philip Heenan with Clover Hill here.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera way back when in 1996 but luckily I had one to take a few photographs of the Robin that paid a visit today.
- The Robin on top of the dresser in the bedroom