One afternoon a peahen appeared on the back deck and has been part of the family ever since. I cut up grapes in fourths and eighths to please my new sidekick, Penelope.
We stroll the grounds together, honking to one another. She is teaching me Peacock-Speak. Meanwhile, Mumbles keeps his distance. For some reason, P intimidates him. When she approaches, he makes a beeline for the doggie door, ball in mouth.