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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                        NOVEMBER 2009 

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Our neighbors, whom I would not describe as being the most sensitive of people, acquired some hens during the summer and when they didn’t produce the required number of eggs, they decided to branch out into the cockerel business; not just one but eight!! And these birds seem to have no concept of socially acceptable crowing behavior; they crow at 1am, 4am, 5am, 3pm and 5pm, basically they crow continuously throughout human sleeping hours.

I suspect they are being fattened in preparation for a pre-Christmas slaughter and despite their annoying habits, I don’t think I could willingly enjoy feasting on one, nor do I wish this fate on them; they are after all, quite interesting to observe and they are also quite attractive to look at.

Some months ago, I was in the garden at 6am surveying the mess created by three children and two dogs when I happened to spy a perfect egg at the base of one of my mulberry trees; at its side was a tiny white, solitary feather. No hen was to be seen in the immediate vicinity and I scrutinized the tree and immediate area for the presence of a chicken but found nothing! I gingerly picked up the egg and for a fleeting moment, imagined perhaps my neighbor had placed it there as a peace offering but why there? and wouldn’t it be easier to just give it to me?

I placed the mystery egg in my fridge and forgot about it.

That night, I was about to switch off the front garden light when I spied an odd-shaped, ominous object slumped at the corner of my front path, just inside the gate. On closer inspection, I froze when I realized that it was infect a small white dead chicken. Logic told me that this was not a gift from my neighbor and was more likely to be a cosseted acquisition reserved for a midnight feast by our female dog, an honorary member of MENSA. Had she been able to speak, I am sure she would have explained how this stupid chicken flew over the wall and perched itself at the base of the mulberry tree and snuggled into the warmth of the soil and vegetation where it laid an egg. Unaware of the predatory nature of our female dog and her particular penchant for chicken, it was probably oblivious to the swift swoop of murder since there was little sign of a struggle. Our bright, cunning, canine creature then had the sense to hide the chicken from her rather dim but lovable brother until the night when he is always tied since this is when he scales the wall in pursuit of female conquests. She hadn’t allowed though for the inquisitive nature of her female owner! It was 1am and I hissed to Mr. L to come out to help me with a problem in the garden. I needed him to help me dispose of the corpse. Reluctantly, he tore himself away from the TV and emerged with a plastic bin-liner. I scooped the cumbersome, floppy creature onto a spade and dropped it into the bag and since I  was the driver, I insisted Mr. L held the bag out of the car window whilst we located a suitable rubbish container.

Meanwhile, the cocks are crowing as loudly as possible, Mr. L is positively insomnic as are most of our neighbors except the owners, who are mostly away basking in the bliss of ignorance.

 

Alison Lorentzos                                                            copyright 2009



 

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