The cat is still under house arrest but gets out for walks on his harness. He seems to accept this; lying under the trees with a trapped human (couldn’t reach my book). Checked out the chickens who gladly reciprocated then chose to ignore each other. Chooks settling in nicely but far too tame: I lift them into the coop at night as only one takes themself to bed…

Just had our last walk around the garden before sunset and met the hedgehog snuffling about under the old apple tree, he wasn’t too enamoured and headed off back to the woods. He has been seen at the back door before now…


This afternoon a shrew was running in circles outside the kitchen door. Seemed like he knew what he wanted and where he was going but really  won’t last long!  Didn’t seem fair to let the cat get him either…

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But then the cat became an art lover, giving a painting a close inspection. “Mum! Come!”  A small creature dropped down behind the dresser – is it a bird? How did the cat get it? No, not a bird, a bat! Grab the cat, let bat into bedroom, open bedroom window wide, bat hunts for a place to roost. Leave bat in bedroom to find its own way out. Much later notice bat-like shadow flit over the garden but leave window open till sunset just in case.

So been an odd sort of day, wild life visiting us, up close and personal. Finally bedtime, just hope the bat really has flown home….