Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2

Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2

Tinkerbell Kitty Mash

That Tinkerbell Mash Batch 9 was made recently, with lots of baggies in the freezer.

I told you that I discard the mash Riamfada did not eat at the end of the day to the kitchen midden for wild birdies to forage about.

One day, I decided to give that discarded mash to the 3 little kitties. To see them fighting each other to gobble that up even when kitty kibbles were in another bowl next to them.

You know I have deep disquiet over kibbles that come out of a box. That extend also to kitties. So I decided to do a trial batch of kitty mash with Tinkerbell Mash as its foundation. I took out 3 baggies of Batch 9 from the freezer and defrosted them.

They weighed 840 grams. I kneaded 200 grams of minced beef into that lot as kitties needed taurine which can only be found in animal protein.

The 3 kitties loved the kitty mash. To both our surprise, the diarrhea that the 3 tiny kitties were having went away the next day giving us beautiful solid kitty turds. Must be our imagination, they seemed to grow so visibly. We only have a few weeks to go and I wanted to give them a better head start in the short time we got left.

Dommie also love that kitty mash, and it went quickly. Even though I topped that kitty mash with discarded Riamfada's mash at end of the day.

I then decided to cook a batch of special kitty mash as that first kitty mash went so quickly. The rest of Batch 9 will be for Riamfada.

I had no desire to cook a batch, and knead beef mince into that as that was too much hard work.

So I did the following

1 measure (20 grams) of soybeans
1 measure (20 grams) of kidney beans
1 measure (20 grams) of garbonzo beans
1 measure (20 grams) of pinto beans
1 measure (20 grams) of blackeye beans
2 measure (50 grams) of Great Northern white beans
1 measure (20 grams) of red beans
1 measure (20 grams) of green beans
1 measure (20 grams) of black beans
1 measure (20 grams) of lima beans
1 measure (110 grams)of frozen sweet corn

1 measure (100 grams) of brown crushed barley
1 measure (100 grams) of brown glutinious rice
1 measure (300 grams) of brown rice
1 measure (100 grams) of brown rolled oats
1 measure (100 grams) of brown rolled wheat berries

(about 400 grams) of sweet potatoes 3/4 grated (thereabout)
(about 400 grams) of carrots 3/4 grated (thereabout)

(0 grams) of brazil nuts (because I ran out of brazil nuts)
(70 grams) of almonds
2 tablespoon of wheat germ
5 teaspoon of cuttlefish bone crushed and powdered (I felt more calcium needed for growing kitties

600 grams of regular fatty beef mince

Lima beans contained linamarin, which releases a cyanide compound unless cooked thoroughly. The soaking/germinating process that I do reduces the linamarin.
The liquidizing of the all the beans ensured the beans are broken into small bits so that cooking is thorough to render harmless all poison from lima and other beans. This is a new addition on my part. If you do fear lima beans, you should exclude it)

The dried beans were first soaked about 8 hours in individual containers to start the sprouting process. All the water were then drained, and must be drained or rot might set in. The beans were subsequently soaked and washed AND DRAINED repeatedly over the next couple of days and nights until the time of cooking.

It was like making Tinkerbell Mash. Except all the beans/sweetcorn and nuts were liquidised, together with 600 grams of minced beef for the taurine. The rice were powderised. And the cereals added to the boiling beans/beef soup like typical Tinkerbell Mash. And into baggies the next morning into the freezer.

All the kitties and Dommie loved that kitty mash. And got fat and beautiful in the process.
(added on 14 Feb 2011)
See this for explicit details on how to make mash

Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7

See also the making of Tinkerbell mash batch 8
with changes and further improvement on batch 7
Iceland and Goldman // Jebel Akhdar // Tinkerbell mash batch 8

see the making of Tinkerbell Mash Batch 9
with changes and further improvement on batch 8
Pakistan//mind of parrot//Tinkerbell Mash Batch 9//Riamfada pulling up cup//Villa walkabout


If you like that mash and it works for you, remember that nice cheque to Gerald Durrell Wildlife Trust or to any of your favourite charity for Pakistan relief aid


A few days ago, we came back home to find the 2nd kitty missing. He might have gone out of the gate when we drove out. We looked and called for him around the neighbourhood. He was not found. He would always come running to me when I called. He had got to like human company. And beautiful looking too, not the bag of bones that he was. I think quite likely, he was picked up by someone who decided to give him a home.

Of the 3 tiny kitties, there is only one left now at this point of writing at 2pm 27 Aug 2010. Just an hour ago, a nice expat family fell in love with the tiniest, Nameless and taken her away with a big bag of frozen kitty mash baggies.

Only Dommie is with us now, with Noname.

I miss those 2 other horrid balls of orange now.


Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010

360++ photos in flickr folder 'Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 '

With Ramadhan 2010 on us, it was not all walking about inside our villa.

With the fasting during the daylight hours, we know we would have the beach almost all to ourselves.

And we all can enjoy that with Dommie and Riamfada.
We went there late in the afternoon when the sun was low and cooler.

Dommie love going to the beach with us. The last time he will be doing that.

He went into the water for a while, then he decided the water to be too wet and came out.

He romped about on the sand, chasing little crabs about, just being with us, occasionally paddling in the water.

And of course, Riam loved that too, doing recalls to me now and then.

We sitting on the beach now and then, and just enjoying those moments

360++ photos in flickr folder 'Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 '













When Dommie had enough, he would just go back to the SUV by himself and wait there for us.

Photos say it better.





Villa walkabout 2

300++ photos in flickr folder 'Villa walkabout 2 '

As mentioned in earlier report, we changed our neighbourhood walkabouts to walking about inside our villa.

More of those hide & seek recalls were done. With me partially hidden, and then with me entirely hidden.

Those sequential shots can be seen in above folder.



Then the flights from the other direction.

First with line of sight


Then with me in hide and seek


And from the patio to me


Watched by the kitties


Hide & seek then took place over greater distance. I had to do all this stuff to make things amusing for Riamfada. Otherwise she would be bored, and we do not want that.



It wasnt all walk and recalls. We do take breaks. But Riamfada preferred to be on me.


I mentioned that Riamfada could fly through partially opened door to me. I decided to hang the bath curtains on that doorway to make the gap smaller. I forgot about the wind , and even a bit of breeze would make the thin light curtains flap wildly.

Riam showed she had no problem with that. And again.



I then thought of getting a recall from Riamfada through the doorway, notwithstanding those flapping bath curtains. She did that beautifully.



I tried again. Partially closing that doorway with the flapping curtains



That was not one of the better ideas that came into my head. But what else is new?

Happened on two or three days too. My hindsight was as terrible as my foresight.

I think Riamfada got bored by it all. Or found something even better to do. Or another parroty joke.
Your choice to chose one or the other.

She landed on top of the wall, and found the view from there to be beautiful to look around. And to preen on.



She wasn't looking at me. I thought she was not going to come down. I gave a token recall, to be ignored by her as expected.

I could just yank her down. Except I cannot do that to her.

When she was on harness, I always acted to her as if she had no harness on. Pulling her down was a NO-NO to me. Very undignified and no respect to her.

Her wishes to remain up there had to be respected.

Nice enough that she showed no inclination to fly off.

If there was danger to her, I would pull her down. But without danger, I had no right to do that.

So I waited. Got out a book to read to pass the time.



All those recalls that she did for me with military precision was forgotten as she blissfully did her thing. All the bonding that we have was not that good that she decided to stay there on top of that wall.

I thought of going inside to see what would happened if she did not see me. But I and my wife decided that smacked too much of puerile curiosity and my wife would have none of that as Riamfada would take it out on her later.

I also needed to keep my eyes about in case any of the associate cats decided to say hello to her.

Dommie went up to see what that was about.


I wished I could rely on Dom to stand guard on Riamfada. But Dommie is a coward able to bully kitties a quarter of his size, and no way able to guard Riam against the other strays.

So I waited


And waited

And then she decided it was getting late and dark.

And she flew down to me.


The next day, the same thing happened.

She did not feel like coming down. My wife went in the house to get me a glass of fruit juice. It was ritual that Riam would drink fruit juice with me.

She flew down when I raised the glass to my mouth.

I wished I thought of that the other day.


I knew we were here in Oman on borrowed time since the end of last year. Ever since early this year, I expected I have to leave Oman and all my creatures here. If you have not known about all that and wondered why I cannot take Riamfada with me, please read the following.

Riamfada foraging // 3 days 2 nights at Wadi Bani Awf and ending of this chapter

Closing this chapter//Buwah off Harban with Dommie// Beautiful Wadi Qurai

Dedication // Raining curses on Katie at Al Felaij Dam // Riam in cage at Jabri

Mystic octopus // Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls //Countdown to chapter end

It is painful enough for me as it is. So please read or re-read above before you write to me wondering why I have to leave them. Please do not make it even more painful for me to reply and tell you things I have said above because you had not read that.


An important key in your relationship and understanding your parrot mentality from Tinkerbell Legacy
Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality)

Important old letters on harness
Harness for flighted parrots – To Nick and folks

August, 2005.

‘ cargo cult'

'Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper '

Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7


If you like the photos here, they are all taken by my wife and uploaded on my behalf by her.

She has her own sets of photos in her Flickr account here



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.

or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice


For those that through no fault of their own, or otherwise, and had to part painfully and unwillingly from their beastie or birdies, whether in the past, or the present, or in the future, I dedicate the saga of Riamfada that I had wrote , and continue to write to that final handover , to you all.


hit counter code


Log in