Trill

Trill

I don't know if this is still around nowadays but we used to feed our budgie on Trill when I was a child.




He was called Peter and lived to a ripe old age.  He was a great mimic and had our old trimphone ring off pat.  We used to rush to answer the 'phone only to find it was just Peter making the noise.  


He could also copy exactly my dad's distinctive smoker's cough.  My dad even taught him some mild swear words, which we found very amusing.


These days I use mixed seeds a lot in cooking as part of my quest for a healthy diet.  P often remarks, "Oh no, we're having Trill again?"  

This morning I suddenly thought about one of my aunts. I don't know why, unless it was because the town where she lived was mentioned in a recent news item (about yet another stabbing).  Mum used to take us on the bus to visit her.  My aunt had learning difficulties but managed to bring up two children and care for her husband who was losing his eyesight.  Anyway, what does this have to do with Trill?  Well, I distinctly remember that in her kitchen - the room she spent most of her time - one wall was taken up by a large run of bird cages.  I can't remember how many budgies she had but it was quite a lot.  If you can picture the scene, sitting around her kitchen table with a cup of tea when the birds all start squawking and flapping their wings.  A huge cloud of sawdust, seed husks and much worse rising up and gently falling into your tea.  

Needless to say, I often refused her offer of tea when we visited.





4 comments:

  1. Can't blame you for refusing the tea! It's funny how memories seem to come to us out of the blue, but I expect they are often triggered by something we're not even aware of.

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    1. Yes, it is sometimes surprising what leaps up from the murky depths of one's mind.

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  2. Never heard of Trill but you did remind me of our Billy Budgie.
    Did Trill have pot seeds? I know the bird seed here did. My friend always insisted her plant had come from droppings from the bird cage

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    1. Ooh, I don't know. If it did that may explain why Peter was such a happy little chap :)

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