mouse

not a creature was stirring except for this mouseAnd a fox

oh and that cat and our springer … oh Archie what are you up to ?

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Green space

I feel it’s such a shame that we are going in danger of losing our green spaces to new housing this is an old manicuple golf course that is now used by the public for dogwalking and exercising ,it’s a beautiful spot with an abundance of wildlife , we’ve seen kingfishers and various birds of prey . Even parakeets . these spaces are not only important to our well being but the wildlife that occupies it .

The plans are to build up to 750 houses here .

Surely we should be preserving these precious areas for future generations to enjoy ?

Harris hawk 

Well this unpredictable bird certainly gave us a run for our money whilst on our hawk walk she flew off and nearly got a pheasant right in front of us . Fortunately for the pheasant , Harris hawks aren’t solitary hunters and usually there are several of them that work to hunt their prey .

However we were told that only yesterday he’d managed to get a duck from one of the surrounding gardens …. a sitting duck literally !!

They hunt with there eyes and can see upto a mile away . those talons are lethal aren’t they ? That wing span !!!

Fireworks 

I’m totally understanding people wanting to celebrate bonfire night . But these days it’s all weekend . 

We worry about our pets and reassure them .

But what about the poor wildlife  ? 

I’ve just been letting our dogs out in the garden and I’ve heard a tawny owl calling out … several times . 

Obviously in distress …. why can’t we stick to organized displays only ? 

Ellie And Archie

I agonized for weeks after Millie but Archie was so stressed on his own .

But I’m pleased to say Ellie has definitely turned things around , not only for us but more importantly Archie ( the main man )

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92EE6F27-979D-4205-BC2C-85639D2B6978.jpeghis inner youth is coming back … he’s even starting to be a bit of a shit  , which if you’ve ever owned spaniels is the best feeling ever

Late autumn colour 

It’s been a funny few weeks weatherwise and I’ve not had much chance to get out into the garden . 

So today once the fog lifted I headed out to inspect and see how things are fairing . 

I can’t believe how many plants are still in flower fuschia violets nasturtiums verbena campanula marigolds salvia hotlips . And the sage leaves still smell amazing penstomen 

it’s really refreshing to see all these colours now the days are growing shorter.