A fall from grace and a happy ending…


Food to suit the weather. After some grey days it’s good to see the sun. A day’s planting in the garden warranted a good supper. As we discussed the possibilities a small bird fell from the sky and landed at our feet. The back wall of our house, at this time of year, is a seething array of homesteads. Mother birds are flying in and out all day bearing worms and other delights from the nearby Traiteur des Oiseaux to their young offspring. So, rather than falling from the sky per se, this tiny bird fell out of his house, Icarus like, and burnt and crashed. I call the creature “he” as I don’t want to get too intimate with young birds. From this point on Jenny took the helm. In no time the little bird was installed on a garden table, just below the point from where he fell. Whilst I cooked a tortilla Jenny watched the small bird through the window and soon called to me that the mother bird had come down and was feeding her offspring. As the onions in the pan caramelised I had a feeling that the mother might be mentioning that she wasn’t that happy about being shown up in front of the flightless giants that were their landlords and could he get his act together and get his arse back into the nest.


The tortilla was as good as I’ve ever made: maybe better. It was one of those that just came together perfectly. This morning I noticed that the bird was gone which is a happy ending.


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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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51 Responses to A fall from grace and a happy ending…

  1. Kiki says:

    The tortilla looks very yummy, but I’m afraid the bird beats that with its cuteness 🙂

  2. . . . unless the cat got the bird.

  3. MELewis says:

    Well, you’re off to a flying start today! What a sweet story…my two cats are salivating. 🙂

  4. richa0112 says:

    Poor birdie..hope he/she is back in the nest

  5. The cat is gone. I hope that it’s a happy ending for the bird and not for a passing cat…. 🙂

  6. Vicki says:

    Hope the ‘missing’ chick means a happy ending.
    I’ve never had a tortilla – I’d better do a Google Search (again!).

  7. Sally says:

    Love happy endings….and tortillas.

  8. Sally says:

    Oh no – just read all the comments…. 😦

  9. Holy smokes your tortilla looks fantastic! Beautiful photograph. Poor little bird…

  10. I love a good tortilla and yours looks beyond good. Poor little bird — it’s sad but far too common when they decide to venture out too soon.

  11. Mad Dog says:

    Traiteur des Oiseaux – ROFL.
    It could be a good time of year for trying ortolan without being prosecuted if they are hell bent on suicide…

  12. Quite gray outside here too, but that tortilla sure looks sunny!

  13. Aw – at least you tried witht he little chap, and you got to eat a good tortilla too!

  14. Amanda says:

    Beautiful tortilla and story. I’m sorry you lost him 😦 At least you tried.

  15. Bahaha. That mother bird would have been effing pissed for sure!
    Great pics my friend.

  16. cecilia says:

    oops.. pity you could not have found the nest, it is perfectly ok to just pop them back in, but with an entire village up there it would be hard to tell where he came from.. ah well.. c

  17. Eha says:

    As little birdies do not seem to see I have a window in my bedroom because of a reverse gleam or whatevcer, crash-bangs occur almost every week . . . . oft the saddest little funerals . . .

  18. If you can’t be in the world then under a beautiful geranium is a fine place to be.

  19. EllaDee says:

    It’s not an easy thing to save a baby bird. It’s good that you can make a delicious tortilla.

    • Since the appearance of that little bird, we’ve had three more which we left left well alone. They appear to have survived and somehow returned to the nests. It looks like our mistake was interfering…thinking that we were helping. I think the same thing happens among humans: more often than we care to imagine.

  20. Karen says:

    I love a “they lived happily ever after” stories…especially when they involve little creatures and delicious food. 🙂

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