Productive start to the New year, I have dressed two little bears this week. This is Alice, with a hand embroidered cardi and tiny bear friend.
Grand Central bird feeding station is still attracting an incredible number of birds. The jay brought along a companion today and they spent a good half hour eating all the squirrel food. As the squirrels did not visit today it was not too much of a problem. For some months we had a single squirrel visitor but the past few weeks in the extreme cold and with little food available, we have had three furry visitors. They still do not how to handle the squirrel feeder, sitting at the front putting tiny hands under the piece of plastic and pulling the food to the front. Megan always fills the feeders early in the morning and yesterday surprised a very early visitor, a young squirrel who took fright and ran up the tree in the neighbour's garden. It spent a good hour sitting looking terrified hanging on to a narrow branch, eventually plucking up the courage to come down and rush back across the garden. They are fascinating creatures busy burying food in various parts of the garden, digging holes and then patting the soil down with their tiny hands. I know many people consider them vermin but I enjoy watching them.
I have so enjoyed the TV series The Bear Family and Me, watching the bear cubs I could see the inspiration for the 'humanised' teddy bear. Sad that one bear should end up as a hunter's trophy.