The Crone first met Bonnie at the end of summer many years ago. Bonnie was one of a flock of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos who, at the end of each summer, descended upon and systematically stripped her beloved Ornamental Pistachio Tree.
It is not exaggerating to say that the Crone and these birds became at odds with one another. The Crone would come out and rattle a pan to frighten them away. Archie the guard dog would bark a lot and the skies would fill with white as they flew off screaming.
Of course, anyone who knows the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo knows that these hooligans were not deterred. Instead, they flew off screaming expletives, which when loosely translated indicated that they would be back. And of course they were, with more friends.
On more than one occasion this same Crone has been heard to say things like “if someone had told me five years ago that I would be calling myself a Tarot Midwife I would have thought they were on weed”.
Needless to say, when Bonnie the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo appeared and informed the Crone that she had decided to join her, Cora the Raven and Duncan the Donkey on one of her jaunts into an alternative universe, the Crone was a bit taken aback. Indeed, she was heard to laugh with friends about the irony that she would travel in an alternate universe with this crazy bird.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the same warring Crone has been heard to concede that she actually enjoys living with this high maintenance, intelligent, multi-skilled bird. Indeed, she now openly acknowledges that this bird is impacting, in a very positive way, on her levels of creativity and upon the way she approaches life.
Wonders will never cease!