Each time we go away on holiday, our wonderful next door neighbour, Barbara, feeds the Curly cat for us. Twice a day she comes out, whatever the weather, and her only reward for this kind deed is to be hissed and spat at. This has been the case for years, but yesterday Curly finally decided to be-friend Barbara, much to her, and my total astonishment! All over her she was…curling around her legs, tail high, and purring loudly with pleasure.
Taken aback by this sudden show of affection, Barbara told Curly that if she demonstrated the same friendly attitude towards her husband Ken, then she would consider her moving in with them. Wow….Curly may just get a home yet…..having said that, she still hates Ken, he gets the hissing, spitting AND the flattened ears!!!!
So, anyway….Barbara had come around to ask me to mind her place for a couple of weeks as she had managed to book one of her last minute holidays …..which overlapped with dates we’d booked for a break in the Lakes!!! Drat and darn it!!! Fortunately, we managed to change our dates to April so all’s well that ends well!
Life is totally chaotic at the rescue at the moment due to urgent repairs being carried out on the wildlife unit. All the animals have been moved out and are now spread right across the rescue. We now spend our time desperately searching for animal feed and bedding and running up and down stairs and across fields to tend to the animals. Totally exhausting it is! And as we have no running water we have to run around carrying heavy water buckets to wash the animal’s bowls.
During the move the pigeons and doves were MOST put out. Their feed was LATE!!! How dare we make them wait!!!! The problem was finding their food…..
Then the real fun started. All the cages were dismantled and the mice came pouring out of the insulation between the cages. Hundreds of the critters were swarming around the unit while two of us tried to catch them. I received several bites, but having said that, I’d bite too under the circumstances!
The captured critters were placed in cat carriers and released in the fields with a stash of seed to keep them going. I have no doubt that they’ll all be back soon though….they seem to having a homing instinct.
And of course on top of all this chaos the first baby birds have started coming in. This funny little pigeon chick with the wonderful wart on it’s head needs hand feeding. Now WHERE is it’s food?
This is a pic of the animal graveyard at the rescue. All the old timers that have died in the shelter are buried here. It’s a very special place that has a calm soothing energy. Lot’s of staff claim to have seen the ghost of an old German shepherd dog walking around here. I’ve never seen it……but I have seen lot’s of…….
Rats…..oh yes. As big as rabbits and as bold as brass they are. There’s a group of them that live in the graveyard, they’re really aged and almost totally tame. We walk past them every day and they don’t bat an eyelash. I have to admit to being rather fond of them……now come on, don’t shudder like that!
And finally…..the barn owl is in an aviary. It’s eye has now healed beautifully and it’s flying and eating well so will be released when it gets a little fatter. Now isn’t that utterly splendid!!!