I love looking at the old buildings in Charleston, South Carolina. I noticed that many have decorations on them. It kind of looks like the buildings are wearing fancy pins or brooches. There are usually two or three identical brooches in a row on a building.
These pins come in many shapes: crosses, circles, stars and more. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any shaped like chickens.
I later found out that these decorations had a purpose. After the 1886 earthquake, people put rods through their buildings to straighten them out and secure them. They added fancy decorations to the ends of these rods to pretty them up called earthquake bolts.
If you go to Charleston, check out how many different designs of earthquake bolts you find and please, let me know if you find any that look like chickens.
I’m not the only bird in our family home. I live with a Quaker Parrot named Kirby.
Quaker Parrots like Kirby are also called Quaker Parakeets, Monk Parakeets or Grey-Breasted Parakeets. Quakers are usually green with a pale grey chest, throat, cheeks and forehead but some of Kirby’s friends are blue or yellow.
When living with pet humans, Quakers usually learn to talk,laugh and even sing.
Quaker Parrots originally came from Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in South America but like me, they are prone to travel. I have seen Quakers in Southern Florida, Brooklyn and even Brussels, Belgium. If you don’t believe me, check out the You Tube videos.
Look at the time! Gotta fly. I promised Kirby that I would meet up with him and some chicks tonight.
Ontario is really something to crow about in the Summer.
One of my favourite places to go is the Toronto Islands. There is soooo much to do.
Half the fun is arriving on the ferry. I love to ride my bike around the islands and usually hang out at the beach for a while then check out the haunted lighthouse on Gibraltar Point. There’s even a bird sanctuary nearby and lots of Canadian Geese. (Whatever they eat, sure makes them poop a lot).
It’s always fun to go to Centreville and ride the roller coaster and swan boats before checking in on a few of my relatives at the farm.
One of the coolest things is the view of the city from the island or watching the planes take off from the airport.
The Islands are a great place with an interesting history, but don’t take my word for it. Check out these two videos on the island’s past and the islands today.
Gotta fly now. I’m off to meet a few ducks at the Wards Island ferry dock.
Kimberly Scutt lives in Southern Ontario with her husband and two boys. When not dreaming or planning her next vacation, Kimberly spends her time writing travel guides for kids and running a marketing/special events company. She is currently putting the final touches on her “Kid’s Guide to Venice” and writing a “Kid’s Guide to Hawaii.”
Kimberly is not currently affiliated with any travel service or product.