You are probably wondering what he is listening to! He is in fact listening to the birds that we have nesting under our bathroom floor!!
The little critters have found a little gap where the mortar has come away where the waste pipes come out of the exterior wall. We initially discovered it by chance a few weekends ago when a wasp came into the bathroom and then disappeared in a tiny gap under the bath. When we went looking for the wasp, we discovered a nest that looked relatively new.
A few days later we could hear some tiny tweets coming from under the floor.
The boys have been fascinated by it. They’ve watched the gap from outside watching the Mummy and Daddy birds come and go with food for their babies. They’ve spent countless minutes with their ears pressed to the floor just listening to the babies.
Bruiser took me by surprise though when I asked him what he could hear. He signed that he could hear birds but told me verbally they were ‘baby chicks’. Whilst I know this is the right sign to use in that context, I did wonder if Makaton had a sign for ‘chick’? I imagine that it’s not that dissimilar to ‘bird’??
Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012
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