Pickles The Parrot

Clemens On The Twain

My name is Georgi (Clemens) Abbott and I am the author of 4 humorous books (paper and ebook) about my parrot - Pickles The Parrot, Pickles The Parrot Returns, Pickles The Parrot Speaks and Fifty Shades of African Grey. This is where I will blog about anything that comes to mind. It may be about Pickles but it might be about our yard and pond, the environment, wild birds, our small town, nature, fictional stories - who knows? I don't profess to have inherited my great, great, great uncle's writing talent but I certainly inherited the call. The uncle I'm speaking of is Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) - I was born a Clemens.

What A Waste

All televisions must be digital by August/2001 here in Canada - I think it was earlier in the United States.  I guess the landfills aren’t full enough so this will help by adding millions and millions of discarded TVs.  We have no choice in the matter and it makes me furious.  I’m trying to be a responsible earthling - recycling, using less gas, growing our own food, xeroscaping the yard and and barely watering at all, turning off lights and appliances, providing habitat for wildlife etc. - but really getting into composting to take the pressure off landfills while providing black gold for the gardens.  With the state of the environment and climate change, I’m doing what I can to help while government makes bad decisions and electronic companies get rich on polluting our environment.

Applicances, computers, cel phones and other electronics are built to barely last through their warranties but if they do, companies are confident that you will toss your old products for their new and improved items.  I have an old rotary dial phone that has lasted decades and yet, I can’t find a ‘newer’ phone that will last more than a year or two.  If they manage to last that long, the batteries sure don’t.  With the old phones, power outages didn’t matter but with the new ones, God help you in an emergency.  If I want cel coverage both in and outside of town, I need two phones and two providers.  My mom has a mixmaster that is older than me (55), uses it all the time and I’ve gone through three in the last decade.

Beta, VCR, CD players - they all work but we are gradually forced into the newest fad each time they come up with one.  I have a brand spankin’ new TV but now I have no way to tape a movie or TV program because there is no such thing as a digital recorder.  But there will be, and my VCR and CD players will no longer be functional.

As far as I’m concerned, this digital change is nothing short of a crime against the earth. 

Posted 667 weeks ago

Clemens On The Twain

My name is Georgi (Clemens) Abbott and I am the author of 4 humorous books (paper and ebook) about my parrot - Pickles The Parrot, Pickles The Parrot Returns, Pickles The Parrot Speaks and Fifty Shades of African Grey. This is where I will blog about anything that comes to mind. It may be about Pickles but it might be about our yard and pond, the environment, wild birds, our small town, nature, fictional stories - who knows? I don't profess to have inherited my great, great, great uncle's writing talent but I certainly inherited the call. The uncle I'm speaking of is Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) - I was born a Clemens.

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Summer, Finally

Summers are short enough as it is, in this high altitude town we live in, but the long awaited summer has finally arrived this first week of August.  The vegetable gardens are far behind, and we may not get a harvest before the frost come at night.  But in the meantime, the trout are healthy (they love the cooler weather and water) and the pond is looking beautiful in it’s summer foliage.

The view can be seen from our diningroom but mostly we sit outside watching the fish jump and play and rise for flies while dozens of varieties of birds drink and bathe in the waterfall.

Heaven.

Posted 662 weeks ago

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