October 11th – Night-time visitor

A few weeks ago I posted about a hedgehog that came to visit our garden. Well, the following day our friends from Amazon arrived with a luxury apartment for it (slight exaggeration) and Mrs L has been putting out food.

It seemed appropriate to capture the creature on film to see whether it was being used or not. I set the camera last weekend and checked it today. Photos of a cat, rat, robin, thrush and a flatcoated retriever called Callie were retrieved as well as todays photo.

Glad it’s being used.

Hunter Camera

October 10th – cute visitor

I nearly ran over this little chap whilst cutting the lawn earlier. Not the smartest creature on the planet, sitting on the lawn that is occupied most of the time by Alfie and a noisy machine chomping grass.

Mrs L moved it into one of the borders and it had scurried away by the time I’d walked the woofers.

There was much debate on whether it was a small mouse or vole, but our conclusion is a vole, as it’s tail was short, and it’s nose was too short for a mole or shrew.

Here’s a great website to help identify little rodents

As a side note we have an interesting date today….  10.10.2020

October 4th – Wet days

The weather in the UK has been dire over the last few days, but thankfully I always have 2 ‘to-do’ lists on the go, one for inside and one for outside, which keeps me busy and distracted from the gloom wet days.

One of the current indoor projects is the creation of a photo book from our last motorhome trip around Europe. It is a real joy to look through the photos, selecting and arranging the photos, reminiscing about our adventure.

October 1st – Irish Gulls…..

How do you know they were Irish I hear you ask? Well, this morning I was sat on my spin bike at the local gym, warming up prior to a class. The bikes have been moved into one of the undercover tennis courts to comply with covid safety measures, and after a few minutes I heard the tapping of little feet on the roof, a gull version of river-dance, and Michael Flatley would have been proud.

I was amused by the shadows they cast on the roof for some, hence today’s picture.

I was telling my clever step daughter the story whilst out for a walk later this afternoon. She is studying marine conservation at Uni, and we got chatting about Gulls. Most people call them sea gulls which is an incorrect term. Most of the gulls we see in the UK are Herring gulls, and their numbers are falling rapidly (50% in the last 25 years) due mainly to fish stocks falling and them eating anything they can find inland which leads too many being poisoned. They are now a protected species. You can read more here.

September 29th – Bath time?

Alfie was a little confused when he saw this little chap having a bath in his outdoors drinking bowl.

We were sat out enjoying the sunshine with a coffee, whilst this little Robin provided the entertainment. 10 fun facts about Robins:

1. Robins are very territorial and you’ll usually only see 2 together when they’re mating.

2. In fact, they’re so territorial that they often fight to the death defending their area.

3. They are very loyal to their food sources. The Robin you see in your garden is most likely the same one each time.

4. Young Robins do not have red breasts. They are brown and lightly speckled, only growing their red feathers after their first moult.

5. Its nearly impossible to tell apart the male and female Robin by sight.

6. They are ground feeding, insectivorous birds; mostly feeding on worms and insects found in freshly turned soil (as well as fruit).

7. Females often eat the shells of their hatched young for an extra boost of calcium.

8. Robins (both male and female) have such driven parental instincts that they have been found to feed the chicks of other species.

9. They used to be members of the Thrush family alongside Blackbirds, Redwings, Fieldfare, Mistle and Song Thrushes, however, they’re now classified as as Old World Flycatcher.

10. Although they may look the same, each Robin has a completely unique red breast pattern.

(Source)

September 28th – Presents…..

My lovely, talented wife, aided by her fab son made me a mosaic sign for the cabin, which has undergone a transformation from a workshop into a bar!!

Photos will follow when it’s complete (currently 95% there), but how they managed to create this without me knowing is beyond me.

Hopefully we can have great fun when the covid restrictions finally end.

September 26th – Walking

We went for a lovely walk in the New Forest today. It is great to get out in the fresh air and take in our beautiful countryside.

We were scheduled to visit the Brecon Beacons this weekend, but alas, Covid-19 put an end to that, so we took a little drive to Hampshire. It is lovely to see animals grazing freely in open countryside. Today’s photo is of one of the many ponies we came across.

The New Forest pony is one of the recognised mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. Height varies from around 12 to 14.2 hands; ponies of all heights should be strong, workmanlike, and of a good riding type. They are valued for hardiness, strength, and sure-footedness. Scientific name: Equus caballus

September 18th – Another delivery??

Our friends from Amazon arrived again today, this time with a house for a hedgehog that has been roaming in the garden.

We positioned it in the fenced of fruit tree area, to ensure the 4 legged children don’t disturb it, with some hedgehog food, mealworms and water.

I thought we’d retired from the B&B business, but we still seem to be accepting guests without charge ……