Sunday, January 30, 2011

Four and twenty

The next rhyme on the list is Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie......
So, in the spirit of research the children have bird pie for supper. All winter long I have been luring wild birds into the garden, collecting them until I had 24 and now I have made a pie and some roast potatoes for the children to eat, as the 'new austerity' that David Cameron keeps talking about kicks in. Two birds with one stone, so to speak. Supper and research for image. I wonder if that means that the other ingredients should be tax deductable?
( nb. Pie is made from birds, but it is left over from the gorgeous pheasant casserole with marscapone and red onions that Robin made for us yesterday. Not blackbirds. Honest)


  1. How appropriate that you should choose to do this on the weekend of the RSPCA's Big Garden Birdwatch, you murdering swine. PHILIP ARDAGH

  2. Blackbirds are so wonderful - especially this time of year. I love their song.

    I often wonder if the annoying ones in the rhyme were actually starlings?
    Sandy in Bracknell

  3. Is the bird a little baking gizmo to allow steam to escape? I notice he has a "throat" like he might be.

  4. Ah yes, that New Austerity thing, we're all in it together and all that. Well, at least if you're below a certain annual rate of pay....

    This image made me snicker, nice one!

  5. It has been a joy reading the last few posts on your blog this morning....Cheered me up no end. Thank you

  6. As if you had time to skin and de-bone 24 little blackbird corpses!

    The New Austerity...sigh. Here in the States they keep telling us to spend out way out of the slump.

    For Halloween our mom would bake us a meat pie with a jack o'lantern face carved in the top crust. Did the kids enjoy your efforts?

  7. Ha, Phil, just making the counting easier! Took me ages to collect all 24!