I’m rather pleased with myself for asking for plants for Christmas and my birthday this year, I simply can’t get over how many I’ve received. This is my birthday hoard….are you ready? Here we go…..Hazel Hedging, a beautiful Acer, a King Sago Palm Tree, a Fig Tree, two Rock Roses, Switch Grass, a Rambling Rose called Wedding Day which climbs to thirty feet and a gorgeous fragrant Evergreen Jasmine.
Along with this delightful Orange Tree which has lovely tiny oranges that are supposed to make excellent marmalade.
And…..my own mushroom growing kits, something I’ve always wanted to try. What a wonderful collection, I’m truly thrilled.
There’s another unexpected bonus that comes with the plants, the cardboard boxes. Keeps these two happy for hours it does. For some reason, as soon as I fold the cardboard up they go all goofy and start ripping it to shreds…..weird or what?
Little hogs keep on coming into the rescue, this little guy is a miracle, he only weighs 190 grams, I’m amazed he survived for so long.
I’m always glad when Christmas is over at the rescue. The extremes of human nature are much more obvious at this time of the year. Compassion and cruelty seem to flow side by side. So many animals are abandoned and abused around Christmas, yet it’s truly astonishing to see the steady stream of people who pour through the doors with food, bedding and donations for the animals.
Let me tell you the story of this black headed gull that came in over Christmas. It had been found lying by the side of the road. Initially it just lay on it’s side, oblivious of it’s surroundings, then, as it became a little stronger it needed an oral antibiotic. So I got the job of holding it while a member of staff issued the medication. Now these birds really are horribly stressy and hate to be handled, and this one reacted really badly, so much so that I actually thought it was dying as it began to gasp. So we covered it with a towel and hoped for the best. Fortunately it recovered.
Yesterday I was asked to release it as it was now flying beautifully in an aviary and was eating well. Once again though it went into shock while it was being caught, and ended up gasping on it’s side in the carry case. I was really dreading releasing it in case it went off badly and I couldn’t get it back.
So….I let the bird sit quietly in the carrier for a while then opened the door and held my breath. It was the most beautiful release….EVER! Magical it was.
The gull walked out serenely, then effortlessly lifted itself into the air and silently flew off….so smoothly and with such wonderful strength. I barely had time to get a picture, but here it is, gracing the skies once again. My first release of the year, what a fantastic start!
Now….do you remember the strange cat that called out to me a couple of times? Well, it’s been too muddy to get down the path where it hangs out, but today we ventured down there looking for it. And suddenly we heard the call once again as it crept out of the undergrowth. It’s simply gorgeous isn’t it? Again it came over to me, growling and hissing at the dogs the whole time, so hubs took the dogs away, and I knelt down and called it.
Immediately it climbed onto my knee and purred away as though we’d been friends forever. It had a few bites on it’s ear but didn’t seem to be in bad condition. It clearly craves company though…..so what to do? I think someone may have moved away and left it as it does hang around an empty house. I think I’ll take some food next time to determine how hungry it is, and knock on doors to see if anyone knows anything about it….and proceed from there. It has such personality, the whole time it was on my knee it was batting at grasses ….and flicking it’s tail. It seems very highly strung.
And finally….many thanks to Casa for suggesting a little fence to protect my Lavender hedge from the dogs, such a simple idea, now WHY didn’t I think of that!!! The dogs are now leaping over the fence like a couple of ponies, so I will have my Lavender come summer after all!!!