Ruby Red Robin
Ruby loved birds, she collected bird ornaments, enjoyed and encouraged birds to her garden and loved watching their antics. She read about birds and came to know their movements as they years rolled by.
As her life slowed down so too did her ability to walk around her property, so her days were spent on her verandah garden, watching the birds come and visit. She became attached to them and they loved visiting her.
In her cupboards were ornaments of birds in all shapes, colours and styles. Hundreds of them.
My mother-in-law, Ruby, passed away in early December last year. whenever I think of ‘red’ I always associate Ruby with it so I have to mention this story.
My daughter in England was out walking with her baby daughter and her dog, when a Red Robin came along and stopped nearby. It followed her along sweeping and chattering as it accompanied her on her walk.
She started thinking of her Granma Ruby, the bird seemed to turn her thoughts towards her memories and by the time she got home she was quite teary with emotion. She mentioned the Robin to her husband and he said, ‘you know what they say about Red Robins, don’t you’? To which she answered ‘no’.
Many people believe that a visit from a Robin is a sign that a lost relative is visiting them, in the spiritual world Robins are viewed as a symbol of visits from our deceased loved ones. The Robin also symbolises new beginnings and life, and is also looked upon by many as a sign of fortune and good luck.
Isn’t that a lovely way of looking at things? The Red Robin has been around again and now my daughter acknowledges it and smiles to herself, saying hello to Granma 🙂
Once we get around to looking at Ruby’s collections, you know where the Red Robin is going don’t you?
At Ruby’s funeral I was asked to read a poem about King Parrots and days later at home, blow me down and some parrots came for a visit – something we’ve not seen here before.
The meaning of red
Did you know that I love colour – the brighter the better. Red is up there on my list, alongside my love of orange and yellow.
On one hand you have red as a colour of passion and life but on the other side it can be the colour denoting danger – red STOP signs, red danger signs – chosen because it’s the colour most visible from a distance and in all weathers. It’s an international colour for warnings. Think red fire engine trucks and emergency vehicles.
But then you also have red with a range of symbolic meanings, including life, health, vigour, war, courage, anger, love and religious fervour. The common thread is that all these require passion, and the “life force” that drives passion blood is red. Source
Some of my favourite red things:
Red flowers, berried, red gums shedding their flowers on the pavement, red shoes, and red strawberries – just a little collection of red.
Valentine’s Day 2021
Today is Valentine’s Day, something we don’t usually acknowledge to be honest. This morning we went for a bike ride and enjoyed a relaxing cup of tea at the half way point, before starting the ride home.
Much of the ride is downhill and easy, some is flat and makes you pump your legs to keep moving, the rest is undulating, with a bit of a sharp uphill. On today of all days, it is a great analogy about relationships. They go through their ups and downs and despite having been married for 41 years, we don’t have all the answers, we are still muddling our way through, but I must say we are happy most of the time. Things are looking rosy!
This photo was taken at our morning tea stop and I’m wearing a red t-shirt, by pure coincidence! It’s a nice photo of us both I think, so I thought I’d share it with you. My husband is the usually the Mathematician, but today he was the Cycologist!
Last year we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary (which just happens to be Ruby) in London and visited the Tate, where we saw this great Love Sculpture – it ‘s red and seems very appropriate to share with you today.
You can check out Terri’s post and many others who have left links to their rosy red posts in the comments – it’s always worth checking out how others have interpreted the theme.
Thanks Terri for another great prompt for #SundayStills – remember Sunday can be any day.
Next week’s prompt for Sunday Stills is Feed the Birds.
Thanks for joining me again this week!
Red is the colour of bold!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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