Stool, our guest racing pigeon is still with us after three days and seemingly in no hurry to draw a line in his droppings and move on. Although he (?she) has been moving around outside pecking away and flying a bit the perch of preference is over the boiler well out of reach of Boots the killer cat.
A pigeon expert in the village assures me that Racing Pigeons dropping in for a bit of R&R are not uncommon. When he has had a good rest he will fly away home. But what, I asked, if he doesn't? Then take him in your car for a five mile drive and let him go. He will then fly back to his owner.
Or possibly back to the Old Manse if he prefers the peace and quiet of Hutton to the hustle and bustle of Hartlepool, or wherever the pigeon fanciers hang out these days.
It does not seem much of a choice to me.
But then I am not a pigeon.