After some internet research we persuaded Mervyn to build a hedgehog house for winter hibernation. We were a little concerned as to how we would inform Hamish that he has a nice warm house to live in. The little wooden house has been placed in a quiet corner of the garden under a tree. It is warm, waterproof and filled with straw just waiting for a prickly tenant. This morning Megan lifted the lid and discovered a very sleepy and cross hedgehog inside! So thrilled and hopefully his little friend will join him.
This past week I read that hedgehogs will most probably be extinct in the UK within fifteen years partly due to the use of pesticides and fenced gardens. Apparently a hedgehog needs to be able to access about eight gardens to feed successfully and fences/walls rather prevent this. Sadly some 50 000 are killed by motorists each year. A rather disquieting statistic as they, like badgers, are such a special part of the English countryside.
I have been looking at my bead selection for the BSBP, adding some from my own stash and trying to come up with something special. Still in the planning stages but hope to get working on my ideas soon.
I have also managed to complete several bears recently.
Some pictures to share, young ducks with their Mom on the village pond.
I am off to London this afternoon to babysit Victoria until next time......
Grandparents are similar to a piece of string - handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their grandchildren. ~Author Unknown