IT’S FUNNY THE things you discover during a clear out. Recently, I tackled a cupboard on top of my wardrobe, a job I’d put off for some time. The cupboard was almost half empty when I noticed something white tucked into the far left crevice. Struggling to reach it, it took a few attempts to prise the object out.
But when I did, I was overwhelmed to find a small picture of my father and me. It was taken in a Woolworths photobooth in 1998 – I was 11.
Now, this treasured photo comes everywhere with me, safely in my purse. This week, I was reminded of my fond discovery when I received an email from regular contributor Rosemary Low. In Rosemary’s case, her treasured find came after sorting through some old photographs.
Hidden among those pictures was a rare Jason Islands banknote, issued in an attempt to raise money for conservation work on the site. Rosemary has pledged to turn her treasured discovery into something far greater for the Humboldt penguin conservation in Chile. The bank note has been offered exclusively to C&AB readers, so get your bids in pronto (see details, left). The highest bidder will be announced in the April 22 issue.
Rosemary’s contribution is appropriately timed, as Cotswold Wildlife Park has also announced that it will be fundraising for Sphenisco, a conservation charity working with Humboldt penguins in Chile. To support World Penguin Day on April 25, the park will help to raise awareness of penguin conservation through talks and activities. It’s a date for your diary. Rob is away in sunny California. Let’s hope he brings back some sunshine.
In the March 25, 2015 issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Bill Lowe profiles the blue-fronted Amazon: a beautifully coloured parrot that possesses a fine way with words
Darren Hadley prepares to step up a level, after his first five rewarding years with Irish fancies
David Alderton condemns the anti-pet legislation which could pose a threat to our hobby in Scotland
Plus lots more, including budgerigars, British finches and Bengalese