"You're welcome," I said.
And she flicked her magnificent ears at me, and gave me another long soulful look out of those dark and long-lashed eyes, and then wandered slowly away.
Today - just now - she was back... with a baby in tow. I had poured out some cracked corn for the birds and they both seemed to like that - but I went upstairs to get rdeck and tell him they were there so he said, "Throw them an apple."
"They'll just run away if I start lobbing things at them," I said.
"They'll come back," he said.
So I threw down an apple. THey registered its presence and didn't run away, still being busy at the corn; we watched them from the upstairs deck for a while, and then we came back inside and he went to his office and I came back down to mine - and watched the two of them companionably sharing that apple.
They're still here, as I write, nosing around where the corn was, tongueing the salt lick I put out for them.
I love my house.