Thursday, April 28, 2011

28 April and the air is crisp...

Years ago, I decided to register a closed corporation for a business that I was running at the time. I tried unsuccessfully many times over to register a name for my c.c. Every time I submitted the application, the name was rejected because it was already in use, or it was too similar to another name. Finally, I came up with the perfect name and submitted it. The application was successful and I was in business. Oh yes, and the name of the c.c? Majestic Owl Trading!

This was a year before the owls first landed on our roof the night we moved into our newly-built home. This was four years before Pot Plant Owl surprised us with an egg in the pot plant one August evening. And this was seven years before I began writing to people all over the world about 'our' owls.

How this all began is a topic for speculation that I don't believe will ever end. I never knowingly attracted owls / owl memorabilia to me. I didn't have books on owls or stuffed toys in owl shapes.

Yet, I chose to have an owl in the name of my business. And a majestic owl at that - just like PPO.

My name, Tracy, means 'the battler' or 'the fighter'(not a particularly positive connotation). It is interesting to note that in Greek Mythology, my name is linked to Athena, Goddess of Athens. Amongst other things, Athena is known as the Protector of Owls, and sitting on her shoulder is a small owl.

So there you have it. A lot of coincidences and speculations, and all the other exciting stuff that goes with Life's mysteries.

We are planning to revamp 'Majestic Owl Trading' and are looking interesting things for people to get involved in. Watch this space.

A summary of the past weeks:

Pot Plant Owl and Pappa are frequent visitors to the balcony- although usually in the early mornings just before dawn breaks. PPO is still showing a lot of interest in the other pot plant. Autumn is setting in so I suspect that the owls will wait until after winter to make their minds up on the right nest.


  1. HI, Tracy,
    A lot of interesting co-incidences there. But I would know you are a "fighter" from your persistence and commitment to saving the wetlands. So that is no surprise.

    I do hope that PPO and Papa make a decision to return to your balcony, even if nesting doesn't really take place for a while yet. Keep up the good work, and thanks for posting the news.

  2. Hi Tracy!
    Your experiences are so very interesting and speak to your concern for nature and respect for the earth.

    I hope that PPO and Papa do return; I certainly will watch again and appreciate your willingness to share your balcony with not only the owl family, but with families all over the world!

    In about three weeks, I will be heading to South Africa, staying in Port Elizabeth much of the time, but doing some traveling as well. Can you tell me where I could find your book about the owls? We will be in SA until the second week in August. I can hardly wait!

  3. Hi Donna
    Glad you are visiting SA soon. You can get a copy of the book from me when you get here. I can post the book to an address in PE if you like. Pity you aren't staying a week or two longer. I suspect that PPO will nest with us sometime in August if she comes back. If you were heading to Johannesburg, I'd say come and see her.
    Our contact details are on the website. Have a safe trip here.
    Kind regards

  4. Hi Tracy!
    So the little Athene noctua has been your guide. I'm not surprised PPO came to your house! :)
    I think many times a lot of coincidences are already inside before things happen, just we don't know.

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  6. Hi Tracy

    Your name betrays the home of the owls.
    I wonder which pot they will choose, and hope of course on a nice nest.

    I'll try this all to follow.
    I'm curious.

    ( I'm still jealous, but I'm glad we can enjoy again later. ☺ )

    best regards

  7. Wow Tracy, How ironic with the owls... it was meant to be! Obviously and it has happened. When will they come back again? I am sorry I have been out of the loop on medical leave? Keep writing! I love to hear from you.