Friday, 28 September 2012

Endeavour - A squirrel and its nuts!


Another author who has left significant legacies. 


William Edward Hickson (January 7, 1803 – March 22, 1870), commonly known as W. E. Hickson, was a British educational writer. He was the author of "Time and Faith" and was the editor of The Westminster Review (1840–1852). He wrote an "improved" version of the British national anthem whose verses were included in the version of God Save the King published in the English Hymnal.
He became editor and proprietor of The Westminster Review which was notable for its commitment to legislative reform and popular education.
He is credited with writing the proverb:
'Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try, try again.


I was reminded of this rhyme, sometimes attributed to be about Robert the Bruce and first published by Sir Walter Scott in 1828, while observing a squirrel over the last week.

A squirrel with its nuts!

From my apartment window I have observed a squirrel run. It comes from the right to the left as I look out, over a fence, and then away across another parking area. (2nd photo)
Not unusual you might say but what caught my attention were the horse chestnuts, complete with shell, that the animal was carrying. Almost as big as the head of the grey squirrel and at least on a couple of occasions too much to cope with!


The far left of the squirrel run.

On at least one occasion the squirrel gave up with the plan of storing the nuts and sat down to eat. Observe the debris

Where the squirrel ate its nuts!





The lovely thing is the determination, intelligence and need for common sense displayed by this simple creature. Would that we humans, as sophisticated as we are supposed to be, could apply similar attitudes to the tasks that come our way.


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