Posts tagged: wildlife
only one unconfirmed sighting of pilkington since the move, but i’m delighted to say that we have been made very welcome in the new garden by roger the resident robin. he is a plucky little character who kept us company during a big clearance of the jungle of overgrown plants. he was extremely helpful keeping morale up and dealing with numerous worms. the husband is very excited about roger and has already put the bird house up and filled it with a few seeds for our new friend. he must be young as he doesn’t have a red breast yet, but hopefully he’ll man up and develop one in time for christmas!
now the husband has got used to the idea of a bee hotel perhaps he will let me have one of these for our prickly friends in the garden! i’ve never seen a hedgehog in tooting, but maybe that’s because we don’t have a hedgehog house!
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right, that’s it pilkington. the party is OVER! i’ve tolerated your thiefing and greed for long enough, but when i said i was surpirsed you hadn’t popped into the kitchen to get a knife and fork i was JOKING! oh, and just because you can’t see me with your head stuck behind the pot plant, i assure you i can defintiely still see you…
dear lord, mr pilkington was practically IN the kitchen this time! i’m surprised he didn’t hop right in and help himself to a knife and fork while he was at it…
well hello lady lavinia the luscious ladybird… aren’t you beautiful and exotic! what a nice surprise to return from work to discover lady lavinia lolling around on the lavender! and very exciting to see the lavender looking so gorgeous too, despite the recent lack of sunshine. do i detect a faint whiff of summer?
it was a veritable menagerie outside st paul’s on the way to work this morning! fred the fearless was hanging out minding his own business and he was joined by pilkington’s city slicking cousin who was enjoying strutting about next to him. don’t tell pilkers, but his cousin was considerably trimmer and much more handsome - and i’m loving his natty pink feet too. very metrosexual!
on presenting the husband with a ‘bee hotel’ for christmas he first looked slightly puzzled followed by thinly veiled disappointment that said present was neither mains powered nor connected to the wifi. let’s just call it quits after the time he bought ‘us’ a surprise christmas present which turned out to be a home cinema system! anyway, now summer is surely just around the corner and the house move is apparently imminent i am getting very excited about setting up our little insect b&b in the garden and attracting some lovely visitors…
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what a treat bumping into fred the fearless squirrel in the heart of the city on my way to the station last night. he was chilling out next to st paul’s and let me walk right up to him and take this snap on my iphone. just gorgeous, i hope he’s there again tonight!
can’t resist posting this photo of barry the blundering bumble bee from a couple of weeks ago. after i released him into the garden he spent about 20 minutes scaling the chives only to get to the top and realise there was nothing there! i hope he is now fully back to health and happily buzzing around tootingshire.
imagine my surprise when i opened the loft hatch and barry the blundering bumble bee came crashing down! poor thing had obviously been stuck up there a while and was looking rather forlorn. he also seemed to have lost the ability to fly (could be related to his enormous size!), so i released him into the garden. here he is limping off into the distance…
what a welcome visitor to the garden. not only did bob the brave little blue tit make it past security (aka pilkington) he then proceeded to spend 10 minutes gobbling up all the nasty little bugs on my rose. thank you very much!
the husband and i had a fabulous weekend in hampshire picking sloes to replenish stocks. we have now returned to tootingshire with five litres of sloe gin and a glow in our cheeks after a healthy dose of sunshine, walking, cows and of course the gorgeous doggies. kibo was certainly the most enthusiastic sloe picker, but sadly he’s not into sharing so wasn’t able to contribute to the gin making effort!