Flashback to the day that this gorgeous Tawny Owl fell down my chimney.
You can imagine my shock when I walked into the lounge and found an owl staring back at me! I wasn’t yet fully awake and it gave me the fright of my life!
We have a modern fireplace but it is open so the owl had managed to find its way all the way down the chimney and into the lounge.
I imagine something had frightened the owl or it was trying to find a home. It was a young Tawny. Luckily it was completely unharmed and not even dirty from its ordeal.
I keep a strong pair of gloves in the house for picking up hedgehogs and I managed to throw the fleece blanket over the owl to keep it calm, before picking it up with the gloves.
The gorgeous little visitor inspired a range of heart owl jewellery, celebrating one of my favourite creatures.
You can take a look at my heart owl jewellery here.
After a health check, he returned safely to the wild. I still hear tawny owls calling in the trees outside and wonder if any of them is my little friend who fell down the chimney.
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