Somehow, I’m always behind, blogging wise. Time to catch up, I think.
Recently , I spent a day playing out in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, with good friends. This is a new urban project that is rejuvenating a derelict area, on the outskirts of the city.
It’s all very bohemian, food stalls, bars and flea markets, the weirder the better. Suits me!
The run up to the rescue open day, a week last Sunday, was all a little manic. I had a urban wildlife talk in an art gallery, closely followed by a live radio interview. I was utterly astonished when over a hundred people turned up, just to see a hedgehog! I had a hard time escaping and just about made the interview. Note to self, no more back-to-back committments!
The open day was a huge success. Our best attended to date. Almost a thousand people came through the doors and £7.500 was raised. I took £200 just face painting. The knitted hedgies flew out, too, and raised a pretty penny.
Everyone was delighted as money is tight at the moment so this was a real boost to the coffers.
Seventeen wood pigeons/pigeons have been released. Sixteen went well but one didn’t fly at all, so was caught and returned to the rescue. More time is clearly needed.
Five herring gulls have also been released, hubs did the releasing this time, allowing me to take pictures.
All five swam and flew beautifully.
Herbie’s hutch didn’t remain empty for long. The manager asked if I would care for and eventually release the little hog who inadvertently killed Herbie. He has made a full recovery and is happily trotting about in his temporary home.
Curly cat is gradually acclimatizing to the builders and has taken to going out each day, returning to the lounge each evening.
I also have a Swiss, Italian speaking guest staying for ten days. He is adorable and is spoiling us by cooking endless, delicious meals!
So why …Don’t sweat the small stuff???
My canon camera has given up the ghost, along with my wildlife camera.
The house is full of dust again, as cutting flags and mixing concrete mean the residue floats in and settles everywhere. I was still battling to clear the dust from the recent bathroom renovations.
My guest put the central heating on a few days ago only to discover that it’s not working. A guy came out, but didn’t have the parts, so no heating until this Thursday.
The builders discovered that the drains are blocked in the back garden, they will be cleared tomorrow.
We received a water bill, and discovered that our usage has soared from £250 to £1.000 a quarter. We got United Utilities out only to discover a leak, a leak under our tiled, concreted kitchen floor! Next week a specialist is coming out to repair it. It’s looking like the kitchen is going to be ripped out and dug up……on and on it seems to go. All this, on top of the garden disruption was beginning to get me down,
A week last Sunday, daughter got caught up in a police chase that went horribly wrong, resulting in a car hitting hers at 70 mph. A head on collision. Miraculously, she walked away with nothing but whiplash, and a written off car. My heart misses a beat just thinking about what could have happened.
A few days ago, Annie followed me out into the back garden. While I was talking to the builder, Annie wandered through the fence, where a panel is down, and spotted a couple of dogs on the road and ran to meet them. I knew nothing of this until I heard people screaming. She had been hit by a car, thankfully a glancing blow. Again, miraculously, she was completely unscathed.
Someone up there, is looking out for me and mine!!!
These incidents taught me a valuable lesson. People and animals matter. They are all I need. The house can fall down for all I care. I’ll cope with that. Small stuff indeed!!!
I’m having planters built in the back garden.
The dogs soon discovered them!
I wonder how long any plants will last?