I once worked at a landscaping company that required me to mix birdseed. My job was to make up a special recipe to sell to customers. We had large vats of different kinds of seed – each one with a particular taste that attracted a specific variety of bird.
Life was simple.
Life has become less simple since then.
Three years ago I gave birth to my son Kiean. It is my sole responsibility to keep him alive. So far I’ve succeeded. But flip, it is hard work. He eats like a 400 lb. man. That is, when he is decidedly unfussy.
Four years ago I moved to England. My first visa application was denied. The only way to obtain a visa and join my fiancé was to get married. I did and then made my way over. A little while later I had to prove myself and take a test to remain in the country. I had to learn all about British culture and pledge allegiance to the Queen. I’m an immigrant now. There is a really horrible connotation around the word immigrant. This week I couldn’t find my biometrics permit. My entire existence in this country depends of that little card. It’s no where to be found.
Six years ago I spent thousands of dollars pursuing a degree because I was told being a college graduate would make me successful. My current job has nothing to do with international affairs; the major I chose to get a degree in. My plans changed, I guess. Which is okay. But one thing that didn’t change is the debt.
Yesterday I finished off a bag of seeded crisps. I threw out the container. But then I immediately realised my mistake. I quickly fished out the box to retrieve the seed crumbs, and placed it outside. Something in me so desperately wanted to feed the birds. To enjoy watching them frolic about in the yard. To relax.
And I realised, I just want life to be simple again.
I believe we were created for simplicity.
And I think we need it now more than ever. We’re always on the move. So much noise surrounds our lives. And our noisy world is complicated.
And there’s only so much complicated we can take at any given time.
Sometimes we need to sit back and relax, and enjoy the birds.
So here is my gift to you today: here is a birdseed recipe (not the one I used to make, as I swore an oath of secrecy).
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup nyjer seeds
- 1/3 cup grated cheese
- 1/2 cup dried fruit, soaked overnight
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
- 1 cup lard or beef suet
- Hanging bird feeder(s) suitable for fat balls
1) Chop the nuts and fruit finely.
2) Stir into the rest of the dry ingredients until they’re all thoroughly combined.
3) Melt your suet or lard in a saucepan over a low heat.
4) Remove from the heat and stir in your dry ingredients a little at a time.
5) Divide the mixture into portions the size of your hanging bird feeder. Using your hands, mould into tightly packed balls just slightly smaller than the diameter allowed by the feeder.
6) Place on a tray covered with greaseproof paper. Once cooled, refrigerate overnight.
-recipe courtesy of lovethegarden.com