We've never had any pets in our house - aren't we miserable parents! It's something I don't think the girls will ever forgive us for. The nearest we ever got to a pet was my Mother-in-law's budgies. Sadly they didn't live very long, but have stayed long in the memory of the girls.
Grace now has her hamsters at her flat and I think Eve would consider owning a budgie of her own - but she'll have to wait until she has her own place.
In the meantime, my solution to everything - if you can't have the real thing - crochet it!
I've made Eve three budgies to share with her friends at university. These are the cleanest types of pet, they require minimal attention - so simple.
I'm sure she'll think I'm mad - but I saw the pattern for the budgies and just had to make them - any excuse!
The pattern is free (you can find it here) it is in Spanish but there is a video to help explain the instructions. I adjusted the size of the budgies because I wanted them smaller - I used the pattern more as a guide.
They really are so cute and irresistible - I may have to make more!