As autumn is well and truly here I set about creating a few twig piles for the hedgehogs to hibernate under. I stack the branches and then completely cover them with dried leaves which provides a snugy hidey hole, not just for the hedgehogs but for all sorts of other creatures. Come spring I often find over-wintering butterflies and moths in these piles.
This is a good time to sit out around a blazing fire too….and I get to burn all the fallen branches and dead wood.
I was rather alarmed to find honey fungus growing under the cherry trees in the front garden…..I do hope it isn’t doing too much damage to the roots!
I have NO idea what these white mushrooms are….but they’re springing up everywhere.
On Sunday I was at the rescue’s Halloween special, and this time I was asked to read the tarot cards as well as doing the face painting.
Now I hate it when people pick bad cards so what I do is remove all the really horrible ones, which is a bit of a cheat, but hey, who wants a nasty reading on a fun day out? Strangely enough, several people said their readings were spot on although they made no sense to me.
This dog was in the staff room behind me while I was face painting. A special home is needed for this poor boy as he’s going blind. This pic reminds me of that song…..y’know the one….How much is that doggie in the window. I really hope he gets a home soon.
To my horror this time around while face painting, I realized that my one and only paintbrush had finally worn itself out! I couldn’t get a point on the darn thing all day so my face painting was mainly done with my fingers! Awful it was!!!!
I was asked if I could make a new game for the event, something that kids could throw a hoop over. So I came up with this…..
You wouldn’t believe how much trouble I had making it though. At one point I actually super glued my fingers together and had to creep next door to get my wonderful neighbour, Ken, to sort the thing out, which he did in minutes…..the game AND my glued fingers….
Now, I also I do home checks for the cattery, so was delighted to hear that quite a few cats were adopted during the event, and while doing a home check today I met the nicest seven year old boy ever. He’d bonded with an old cat while looking around on the fun day, so his family ended up with more than they’d bargained for. It was lovely to meet a child who thought about something other than himself. I have another home check tomorrow, for two kittens, so it’s all looking good.
Talking of home checks, do you remember the two cats my friend and I rescued at Easter, from the woman who was hospitalized with mental health problems? Well, initially they were horribly skittish and hardly came out of their beds but gradually they gained confidence and were finally re-homed together a few weeks ago which is rather wonderful as they are quite old!
This little girl was an absolute joy to face paint. Her mother couldn’t get over how still she sat as she is usually on the go all the time. Her mother said I had hypnotized her. Anyway, she didn’t move a muscle during the face painting and when I showed her what she looked like her face broke into the hugest ever smile. Then she wiped her face and smudged all the wet paint and burst into tears…..she’s only two…. I did manage to fix it a little….awwww…bless!
And finally….Dougie is beginning to prepare for Halloween.