From My Archive I Choose…
E is For England
Though you may be under the impression that it’s spelt Ingerland 😉
Back when I was a child and a young adult I used to enjoy watching them chasing each other – especially in the spring when large groups of males would chase a single female seeking her favours! I refer, of course, to the humble House Sparrow. We used to have a chain link fence on one side of our garden and I can remember the adept way that they flew straight through it as if it wasn’t there 🙂 Then, almost without any warning, they disappeared. The factory behind our houses was demolished and a new housing estate was built. But the Sparrows had gone, and with them the Starlings too 😦 I missed them – small insignificant brown birds… They can’t even sing!!! (I remember the film and a BBC documentary that used the song)
My Son arrived in 2001 and there were no Sparrows performing aero/acrobatics in the garden to amuse him. But we kept putting out the food and the RSPB were busy doing their best to encourage investigation into the cause of the falling numbers and to raise public awareness of their plight. The Sparrow became an officially endangered species in the UK because of the rapid fall in its population – there may be only a couple of hundred Golden Eagles but their population is stable.
Three years ago I noticed a small group passing through – they didn’t stay – a male and a couple of females. Then slowly they started to appear, a couple at a time and never for more than 2 to 3 days. It grew from there – I now have 15 to 20 in my Rowan tree every day and they squabble over the food on my office window-sill. The gradual resurgence in my garden of the humble House Sparrow gives me hope for all the endangered species of the world…
Only a small step removed from the simplicity of a pin-hole camera, Kodak’s Brownie cameras brought photography to the masses. The design of the Six-20 Brownie Junior dates to 1934 and it remained in production until 1938. It is somewhat ironic that I found this one in a local charity shop on the very day that Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA 😦 The background is formed by an Ekco A160 Radio dating to 1953.