Bird Park and Bye-Bye

The final day of Tam’s stay

was spent with the birds.

What a way to spend a day!

Her visit blessed us beyond words!

It would’ve been a great tragedy if we had been remiss in not making a point of bringing my ornithologist of a sister with us to the Jurong Bird Park. Besides, we were blessed to have free passes through Andrew’s work, so we hardly had a good excuse for not going. Instead we were full of good reasons to go!

The last picture of Aunt Tammy & Gideon together

The last picture of Aunt Tammy & Gideon together

I have to say though, as much as Tam enjoyed the bird park, I think she was as equally impressed with the orchids that graced the entrance to the bird park.

The flowers were pretty - but my sister is prettier

The flowers were pretty – but my sister is prettier

As we were walking between exhibits, my sister called a halt and pointed out a beautiful butterfly. I can’t remember the name of the butterfly. Something like, “hairy tale,” or “little hairy” – I know those are wrong, but maybe my sister can refresh my memory later.

Good eye Tam! (And knowledge too, to know what it was called ... unlike me!)

Good eye Tam! (And knowledge too, to know what it was called … unlike me!)

I’m always impressed by the variety of birds God has created. From Scarlet Ibis:

The scarlet in their name is an apt description!

The scarlet in their name is an apt description!

To large Emus:

This emu growled at me!

This emu growled at me!

Did you know that Emus can growl? It’s true. At first I was like, “um… what did I just hear? And why is that bird making that noise at me?” But then we read a plaque that described how the large bird can make grunts that sound like a growl!

Andrew and I were eager to get to the Aviary, the largest in the world. (We remembered it being one of our favorite things from our last visit.) We weren’t disappointed!

Large enough to house a huge waterfall! (Look closely, there's actually a black and red bird in mid flight next to the waterfall in the shot.)

Large enough to house a huge waterfall! (Look closely, there’s actually a black and red bird in mid flight next to the waterfall in the shot.)

Watch out for the birds! Well - it is a bird aviary after all :)

Watch out for the birds! Well – it is a bird aviary after all 🙂

Okay, maybe we were slightly disappointed that we weren’t in the aviary closer to feeding time when more of the birds would’ve been out and about, but it was still enjoyable.

The picture doesn't adequately represent the iridescence of the birds!

The picture doesn’t adequately represent the iridescence of the birds!

Although the birds were pretty, the waterfall was probably the most impressive thing in the aviary.

Couple Shot

Couple Shot

Tam and the waterfall

Tam and the waterfall

I got the handsome guy to smile for the shot!

I got the handsome guy to smile for the shot!

Gideon was asleep when we took the waterfall shots, so he had to be content with his picture being taken with the fountains later.

I think his mom was hoping he would be more impressed. Oh well!

I think his mom was hoping he would be more impressed. Oh well!

I think we all secretly wished we could douse ourselves in the cool water of the fountain, because we were all SWEATY! Because we were so warm, and Tam wasn’t interested in seeing a lot of the birds she had seen multiple times in the past (birds like flamingos/etc) – we were able to make our visit shorter than we originally expected. This meant we were able to get some lunch in an air conditioned facility and then head home for a break.

After cooling off at home, Tam was ready to go out for a simpler outing of a bike ride with Andrew.

Riding her temporary bike!

Riding her temporary bike!

In many ways the bike ride was a fitting way for Tam to spend her last afternoon with us. It demonstrates her love for the simple things in life, her athleticism, and her enjoyment of the outdoors. She was so easy to please, and I think really enjoyed her time with us. I know we really enjoyed our time with her.

What we didn’t enjoy was the fact that she had to leave the next morning.

Gideon's sign and face tell all!

Gideon’s sign and face tell all!

Well, it’s taken me a while, but I’m finally finished with posting regarding my adventures with my sister Tamarah. But, the Lord is good. Since these memories took place, I have found out wonderful news. Another sister of mine has bought tickets to visit us. So, Lord willing, I will have even more memories made with another sister this summer! And Gideon will get to meet another aunt and for the first time, some of his cousins! Doubly blessed.

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