Willie’s View: Meeting A New Pal

In this week’s Willie’s View, our travel writer has found himself some company . . .

Over the past two or three weeks I’ve found myself a new pal and, I must admit, there’s been very little social distancing.

We regularly meet throughout the day, starting at breakfast.

I don’t have a name for my new friend — never asked. She has a sweet tooth, though, and is quite partial to muesli, and even a bit of Victoria sponge later in the day.

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Photograph by Willie Shand.

As I’ve been sitting on the garden bench, scribbling away for “The People’s Friend”, each day a young robin flies down and sits beside me and we keep each other company.

Many a chat we’ve had, albeit the conversation tends to be somewhat one-sided.

Some say the robin is a sign of good luck — and we could all with a bit of that.

Others say it’s a visit from a lost relative. I’m not so sure about that, though. When I offered it some ice-cream it dipped its wee beak in, shook its head in disapproval and was having none of it!

Couldn’t have been any of my relations, surely. They all like ice-cream.



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Willie Shand