Sunday, May 4, 2008

Meet Bernard!

Meet Bernard. He's a friendly scrub jay that hangs around our yard and the neighbor's yard. He loves tortilla chips. Sometimes he stops by with Mrs. Bernard and they both dine in style on the patio. Lately Bernard has been harassing Hell Cat with noisy squawking.
Bernard got his name from the famous French chef Bernard Loiseau. Chef Loiseau was pretty much one of the first "celebrity" chefs and was responsible for a new way to think of classic French cuisine. He unfortunately took his own life in 2003. His legacy lives on through his wife. The book "The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine" by Rudolph Chelminski is a great story about the stresses involved in running a world-class restaurant and culinary empire.

Here is the latest attempt to discourage the evil squirrels from eating the peaches. When I was a kid, my mom would string up pot pie tins or foil strips in the cherry tree as a way of discouraging birds from eating all the cherries. The theory is that the birds are frightened of the shiny, moving objects. This is the 21st century version of that idea and I am hoping it will work on squirrels too. Next step--BB gun!


Wandering Chopsticks said...

My youngest uncle uses CDs too on his Meyer lemon tree. And judging from the amount of lemon abundance, I think it works. :)

MaryRuth said...

WC--what kind of critter goes after the lemons? Mine seem to be spared from varmints--I only have a problem with the avocadoes and the peaches.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Birds mostly? I've seen opossums every once in a while, but we're pretty varmint-free.