The other day my lovely Nana asked my husband to euthanase her dear pet bird that was dying (see here).
I cringed as she gave him the birdcage (as a thank you gift) as I knew this would not help his severe addiction to owning pets (or as I have referred to it in the past - his Zoo).
Alas, the free birdcage has turned my world upside down... after discovering that the humble budgie wasn't as cheap as he remembered, he somehow (though friends with contacts) managed to find himself a young hand reared Parrot (Indian Ringneck) for not much more. How could someone pass up such a good deal - but of course it would need a much bigger cage than a tiny budgie cage. Arrggghhh!!
To cut a long story short, hubby found himself a perfect cage up north and managed to turn the trip to collect it into a fun filled family bonding day that ended with the collection of our new addition to the family, "Grover".
He also somehow managed to weave in a visit to Ruapekapeka pā, that of course had a canon and other 'guy/war' type things like tunnels etc. (like I mentioned here). I have to admit, it was rather amazing and we had some much needed family bonding time.
The kids had fun... we also fed wild chickens, scoured out cool shops and checked out Rainbow Falls.
All thanks to my Nana and her thoughtful gift of a bird cage ;)
Pics of Grover to come tomorrow!