It’s true what they say that when you retire there is just not enough hours in the day to do all you would like to do! And that dear friends is my excuse for not writing my Blog since January (I think).
I have hardly got out with my camera, I managed a couple of hours at my local Peregrine spot, but even they decided that courtship behind closed nests was more important than posing for me. 😦
I have had some minor success on eBay selling some bits and pieces of photography gear that I no longer use. I passed a new rule recently, that I was not allowed to spend any money on hobbies/equipment, without first generating the income from the Hobby. So either selling some pics or some gear! Fortunately, I have had a bit of both, some pics through Alamy and the said eBay. Unfortunately, I have almost spent it all on shopping on….you guessed it…eBay! Well….you have to spend it while you have it and the item you want is available…don’t you?
I was so pleased to see the Hedgehog as they have been declining in such drastic numbers recently. I find it quite difficult with such a small modern garden, to keep it tidy so as not to be an eyesore for the neighbours and at the same time be a wildlife friendly habitat.
I was also surprised to see a very small long-tailed field mouse in the garden. I noticed where he was hanging about and made a point of ensuring there was always some food there for him/her. I had to get out into the garden at about 3.00am to see him but he became almost friendly, and stopped diving for cover whenever I showed up, after a while, realising he wasn’t going to get hurt by me. However, my Rosie did find a local black & white cat hiding out very near where said mouse ate. That was about two weeks ago, and I haven’t seen the mouse since, but I am still putting food out for it, and the food is not there in the morning, so I am hoping that he is still safe in his underground home. I do have a couple of pics of the little feller as soon as they are processed I will post them.
I had never seen this horse before, I just stopped at the gate whilst out for a quiet walk with my camera. When I stopped at the gate the three horses that were in the distance turned and saw me and made their way across to me. On their arrival I offered the first one an Extra Strong Mint (candy). He just turned up his nose and didn’t take it, then I offered it to the second who took it and proceeded to drop it on the ground. Then this chap pushed his way in and said “I want one”. I offered him the same he took it and crunched it up (they are very hot) and then asked for a second, which I gave him. When he asked for a third I said, “No, too many sweets are bad for your teeth” ( I looked over my shoulder in case anyone was watching me, as they would have thought I was nuts talking to animals. When I turned back, I smoothed this chap on the head and he gave me this great big smile. And, he then did it again to allow me to take the photo.
Don’t you just love ‘Dumb’ animals? Whoever named animals dumb, was no genius!!
OK I know it is not really Day 2 but I have been unable to get online for numerous reasons. However, here is the news as of day 2!
The rain has come on and off all day and it has made things a little dowdy. But it certainly hasn’t spoilt my pleasure. The day started off with about 300 sheep bleating all around the caravan. As we were the only caravan in the field, it was a little disconcerting. However, I donned boots and mucked in (literally) to lend a hand to the young guy who was driving around like a man possessed on a 4 wheel ATV and a crazy sheep dog. We finally got the sheep to where he wanted them in a pen so that he could separate the Ewes from the lambs, to ween them.
The dog was great. I was standing at the railings of the pen chatting to the young guys (there were two of them by now) when the dog came up and sat beside me. He shoved his muzzle in my hand, which was just at the right height for him, and I looked down to talk to him and give him a smooth – it was obvious he wanted attention – and he bit me! Not hard just a nip. The two young fellers laughed and said “he’s a funny old dog, only just started doing that, does it with everyone”. I told the dog off, you naughty doggy (or words to that effect). We then carried on chatting for about half an hour and the dog came up to me again stuck his muzzle in my hand, I instinctively put my hand on his forehead, and he bit me again! By this time the young farmers were rolling around holding their sides. I smiled and made my excuses to leave, so I could get back to the caravan for some instant First Aid!
Sitting in the van the rain stopped, the sun came out and all was well with the world. Suddenly my wife yelped out a stifled scream and said “quick squirrel”. I said “why are you calling me squirrel you know my name is Mark?” She said no you donut come here there is a squirrel! With that I quickly jumped to the window to see this young squirrel busying itself doing some house work. He then shot off at about 100 miles an hour, came back to his home and went to sleep. The funniest thing I have seen for ages.