Wednesday 15 August 2012
Well, those old Olympics in London may be all over but here in my garden, I've got a couple of Olympic type events still a-happening. My favourite is, of course, the synchronised humming event. What? You've never heard of this event you say? Well then... let me introduce you to one of my all-time favourite Olympic sports.
I was sitting at my computer the other day, working on my blog, when I heard a zip and a zap and a zimmy-zing-zoo just outside the bay window. I looked up and what did I see? Two hummers. That's right, two of them! Two at once!!! They zoomed here and they zoomed there and quite honestly, they zoomed just about everywhere... but always keeping in perfect synchronisation. Oohhhh.... what a beautiful sight it was to behold.
Usually the hummers come to that window for the honeysuckle but there aren't many flowers left on the vine now. Too late in the season, I suppose. But those hummers are quite versatile in their choice of dinner menus which is a very reasonable way to be, I do believe. They eked out a little nectar from the few remaining honeysuckle flowers but what they were really after that day were the lilies. The Oriental Hybrid lilies were in full bloom and those hummers were just humming with delight about the fact. They enjoyed all the different ones. Didn't matter if the flowers were white or pink or red or any of the various combinations in which these lilies appear. They loved them all.
At one point, the two hummers hovered over two different lily flowers that were blooming, side by side. Then, at the very same second, they both spun in unison and zoomed away. A few minutes later, they were back and still in fine form.
Oohhh... it was a gold medal performance that day for sure. It's almost as if they knew I was sitting there watching them and wanted to put on the best show they possibly could... just for me. And that's a good idea, I think. After all, for any Olympic type events occurring in my garden, I am the judge. Yeah, that ol' peep of mine might sometimes judge at flower shows but I, Nerissa the cat, judge the Olympic Synchronised Humming events. I think I'm the far more important judge. Don't you?
And speaking of peeps. Do you think I have any footage of this spectacular performance? Nope. Not a thing. Not even one still shot of those hummers. The peep is pretty useless when it comes to stuff like that. I sent her out to take a few pictures of the event but all she came back with were pictures of the lilies along with a million and one excuses. Or was it a million and two? Doesn't matter, really. The point is, there was not a hummer in sight. MOUSES! I tell you, I have got to get myself some new peeps! The ones I've got just aren't living up to my expectations.
As I said before, this was definitely a gold medal winning team. In fact, if I can find a couple of gold medals small and light enough for those two hummers to wear around their necks, we'll have a little award ceremony right here in my garden. That would be fun. Don't you agree? And, of course, I will be doing the presenting of the medals. It only seems right. The peep could present them with some flowers, if she so desires. Really, it will be just so that she doesn't feel completely left out. Always got to find ways to include those peeps, I'm afraid. Their egos are so sensitive. You know what I mean?