My juicy strawberries
I’m finding it hard to believe that I’m in Britain, as the last six weeks have seen what I can only describe as tropical weather. We now have blazing sunshine mixed with torrential downpours with dramatic thunder storms thrown in. The heady scent of flowers and the rhythmic sound of rain are becoming addictive.
I think the weather is messing with some people’s minds though, as we’ve had some very strange phone calls and visits to the rescue lately. Here are a few examples……
Tomatoes beginning to ripen.
A man came in carrying a box very, very carefully. He feared the hedgehog inside was dead. Sadly, we agreed, but told him that the deflated football covered in straw and moss had never had a pulse.
The same day a lady came in with a box saying that someone had left it in her charity shop. She was absolutely terrified as it contained a tail-less rat….you should have seen how gingerly she was holding it. Inside was the sweetest hamster you ever did see.
I cannot describe how delicious my loganberries are!
A guy rang up wanting to swop his rabbits for a cat as he was sick of them. We took his rabbits but he didn’t get a cat!
Another man wanted us to come out and catch an aggressive herring gull that kept on attacking him….after gathering more information re his crisis, we advised him to stop throwing stones at it….turns out he didn’t want it in his garden so was always throwing things at it, and now the gull was fighting back, and winning by the sounds of things!
My peas and broad beans….sure takes a lot of pods to fill a bowl.
Then there was the woman on the phone who was furious because we wouldn’t sell her some hay. The polite answer to that was we are not a shop.
Another lady threatened to call the police because we wouldn’t come out and rid her home of ants. We told her to feel free.
My pond is now full of water lilies and teeny, tiny frogs.
The funniest was the woman who called saying she had a bat on her bathroom ceiling. We contacted the batman who went out only to discover a patch of mold…..he advised her to get a pair of specs!
One elderly lady was concerned that the birds sitting on her chimney may get burnt, we assured her they would move if they got too hot.
The hot hazy days have brought the butterflies out en-masse and the buddleia is the best bee and butterfly magnet any garden can have.
One of my favourites was the man who called to say that a hedgehog must be lost because it was wandering around his garden at night…we explained that it may actually live there, he was really shocked!
It’s odd this year, we have hundreds of bumble bees yet I haven’t seen a single honey bee.
The cutest was a child who brought a butterfly in, it had been trapped in her mother’s car and she wanted us to make sure it wasn’t hurt. I looked at it long and hard, pronounced it healthy, then let her release it. She was thrilled.
And finally…..Sam, the biggest dingbat of them all.