FROM LISA MEUFFELS OF RICHMOND
Memories from a reader, with thanks
It was 41 years ago when we lived at Londonderry and had a chook yard when one day a sick Pidgeon lobbed in the yard. Piet, my husband decided that we should look after the sick bird. As it improved and got better it found a mate. Piet then made a nest for the Pidgeons above the chook pen so that they could come and go. We later found two eggs in the nest and decided that we did not want any more pidgeons. We removed the eggs and replaced them with chook eggs.
We were due to travel to Canberra to visit our daughter Tina and her family when we discovered that one of the chook eggs had hatched so we removed the chicken from the nest and placed it into a little box which we took to Canberra with us. We placed the little box into Piet’s coat to keep it warm.
We caught the bus from Londonderry to Penrith, then a train from Penrith to Strathfield where we caught a connecting train to Canberra. Whilst travelling to Canberra, the box slipped out of Piet’s coat with the little chicken protesting saying “peep, peep, peep” quite loudly.
One of the other passengers looked across and gave us a unhappy look.
Arriving in Canberra, the train conductor came and sat with us and said “I am most curious. What do you have there?” When he heard the story, he had a good laugh. As we alighted from the train, Tina, our daughter was waiting there at the station we walked to her place which was very close to the station.
When Adrian, Tina’s husband came home and saw the chicken he said “We have a dog” so we then got a bigger box to put the chicken in, together with water and food and put the box up high. After a week the chicken had grown and it was time for the “three” of us to go back home to Londonderry.
On the train that same “unhappy” man was on board and when he saw us, he gave us a smile. We got back to Londonderry, we had the chicken inside and our dog was outside. The next day, my husband Piet had to work in Sydney and got back at 6pm. I had always had dinner ready for Piet by the time he got home. Whilst preparing the meal I thought I’ll put the poor chicken outside and bring the dog inside.
Before we sat down for dinner, we thought that we would check on the poor chicken but couldn’t find it. We looked everywhere, even under the house. It had disappeared. I suppose that perhaps a hawk had taken the chicken. I could have left the dog outside as it was a friendly dog except when someone came through the gate.
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