Sunday, May 15, 2016

Th Cages

One nice thing about the river cruises that I have taken in Europe is that they have a tour of each place you stop along the river, included in the price.
I shot this picture on our guided walk in Arles, France Arles is in the very southern part of the Province of Provence. By the way,they don't pronounce the "s" at the end ,and the way Arle comes out of their mouths...will not come out of mine.
I was lagging behind the group a bit (no surprise), and spied this window. I am thinking the cages on the shutters are for homing pigeons.....but I am not sure.
Did you know homing pigeons only fly one way...Home. So, it is kind of like the movie. E.T. Call Home. You take the bird with you, and if you need to send a message home, you attach a small note to a band around the pigeon's leg, and let it go. It will fly home. When they fly into their cages, a bell or buzzer goes off and the people in the house know they have a message. Sort of like a phone ringing. Of course there is food in the cage as a reward.
So, even if those aren't homing pigeon cages, I bet you have learned a little about them :) Janey
By the way, E.T. did not have a homing pigeon , but certainly could have used one.


  1. They look too tiny for homing pigeons, ratherly cruelly, they could be for little song birds.

    1. Now that you mention it Rosemary, I see that they are really small, especially the one on the right.

  2. Dearest Janey,
    Regardless of the true usage of those little cages, loved the story you tell your readers here!
    Sending you hugs,

  3. Don't know these cages are for the pigeons. They seem more for little birdies some people have, like canaries, or singing birds.