The end of a charmed run, watching tadpoles, and a greenhouse mouse

This weekend, I was asked to care for a pair of day old moorhen chicks and a very young blackbird chick. All had feeding/serious issues and were proving far too time consuming for our, currently, extremely busy wildlife unit. So began a torturous weekend. The tiny moorhens were utterly wild and ran frantically from my approaching hand, resulting in me…

April? Already?

The kitchen is filled with the scent of lilies, a gift from daughter for mother’s day, along with a splendid, huge, black bamboo. That, I think, shall live in a pot. Please ignore any dust, I have neither the time nor inclination to do housework! Daughter, who is a total sweetheart, took me for a smashing lunch, to a rather…

Two arthritic old birds

We have many exotic and domesticated birds at the rescue, hundreds actually. Most are lifers and fly around in large aviaries. Recently, this little cockateil was found sitting on the floor of her aviary and seemed to be unable to fly, so was brought indoors for a little tlc. This bird is 15 years old and she was diagnosed as…

Returning to normality

The hay run can be quite challenging…everyone wants to be a part of it! As usual, wildlife is full to over-flowing with hedgehogs. Almost 100 at the moment. The really sickly ones need hand-feeding. This little chap has the most awful lung-worm and was close to death when he came in. He’s hanging on, three days later, thankfully. We also…

The art of travelling light

The art to travelling well, is to travel light, and these darned cases became the bane of our lives. How I came to dread carting them around. Butterworth Ferry, this became torturous… They’ve been hauled up and down endless flights of steps and steep slopes in relentless, punishing heat. Dragged across ramps to access boats and ferries. Bounced on one…

Boats, planes, coaches and trains…with the occasional bus and taxi thrown in

Hubs and I are off travelling in a few days and I’m beginning to think we may have bitten off more than we can chew. This time around, we have [dis]organised the entire trip ourselves, and apart from needing to book a train/boat or two, we’re pretty much sorted….I hope! If not we may be sleeping on park benches! We’re…

The promise of things to come

I was almost blinded by a blue sky recently, I simply cannot recall the last time I saw one. Most days have been like this, bitterly cold, grey, gloomy, wet and windy. I’m so glad I wrapped the lemon tree, although I suspect it’s dropping it’s leaves under the cover. I’m surprised by how well these manuka bushes have done.…

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