Yesterday was an adventure in the kitchen...
It started off like the normal Sunday morning, however I noticed what sounded like a bird stuck in the flue of my wood heater. I went over, opened it up (expecting to remove the top plate to rescue the bird) but the bird was already down, fiesty as heck and ready to blow the joint! Probably not helped by Salem the killer kitty watching eagerly.
So the silly bird flew out of the loungeroom into the kitchen, where it proceded to bash itself against the windows trying to escape, chased by the killer kitty and me with a blanket to catch it in. Anyway, the bird ended up down behind the bins, which live next to another wood heater, an old potbelly stove, which sits on a brick base and which has a brick backing behind it, which sits out about an inch from the wall, held up by metal brackets.
I moved the bins out, ably assisted by KK and by now, Suzi the wonder-mutt. The bird freaked out (no idea why!
) and squeezed into the gap behind the brickwork.
I spend the next several hours of a very hot day trying to get the poor old bird out. Eventually I had two dogs there, sniffing, yipping and trying frantically to dig through the bricks and floorboards (you weren't helping, girls!), Housemate poking from one side of the gap with a wire, me with a torch trying to see the mad bird. Eventually I could see it, poor little thing, and used the wire hook (it was a straightened out coat hanger) to hook in behind the bird and gently nudge it forward.
Well, the bird broke free and went flying for the window again, and Guest neatly captured it in a teatowel and then released it back into the wild.
The dogs saw all this go down, watched the bird fly away, and then went back to sniff, growl and yip some more at the brickwork for another couple of hours.
Never a dull moment at Chez Backwater!
(The real kitchen disaster happened later when cooking dinner. The darned pork roast just would not cook. Ended up doing Plan C, a bacon, summer vegetable and cream cheese pasta dish which was delicious! The pork finished around 8:30pm, so guess what's for dinner tonight?)