(or be careful what you wish for!)

Sunrise

A rich, red light poured through the bathroom window, filtering into the bedroom. (The past few months I have felt so tired that nothing can entice me from my cosy bed – gone are the days of jumping up with the sun – but I digress). Before I arrive in the kitchen, the sky is already brightening and the colours fading…

Morning Moon

Milky moon hangs in a clear sky, swallow sits on the gutter warming himself in the first pale light. Between the pitch of the shed roof and house. small beings flit, turning and diving in the dim glow of morning. The air is alive with bats diving and rising, flitting between the rooves, looping the loop. I have never seen so many bats in the garden. Coffee in hand, I stand at the back door with Oscar, watching as the sky brightens and they mysteriously disappear from sight.

Feathered clouds -fine day

Swallows now fill the sky as this summers broods hunt for midges and other insects. Kestrel also hunts this territory, looking out for babies, unaware of danger, snatching them from the air. Or prowling the hedgerows for unfortunate shrews and voles (who seem to make no effort to conceal their whereabouts!)

Filling the garden with flowers

Remembering the first overnight stay in our freezing caravan, after a beautifully sunny day, watching the first bats emerge at sunset. Thrilled at the sight. Vying to plant a wildlife friendly garden, planting for bees, butterflies and bats. Gradually changing the half acre of grassland with fruit trees, bushes, wildlife hedges, herbs and flowers.

Sweet peas

Not too enamoured the rabbit also considered he had been invited or the fox for that matter. There are few ladybirds this year, emerging when there were no greenfly, they quickly disappeared, now everything is covered in green fly. The birds are still in the woods and no ladybirds have returned. But midges, we have midges in abundance. Bats can gobble up 3,000  midges a night, each. (West coast midges have been known to ruin holidays for unsuspecting tourists).

September - daybreakThe best times to watch bats are just after sunset or just before dawn. Having noticed the tell-tale sign of bat droppings at the roof ridge, waiting at the bathroom window, watching in the deepening gloom. Yes, there are bats two or three slip out from under the ridge! Before dawn we watch again, Oscar and I. And there are LOTS of bats, cartwheeling across the roof, passing close to the window. Just as suddenly – they have all gone, the sky is empty, as the sun finally climbs the prow of the hill. Yes, we have bats. It’s probably a nursery or summer roost, as the old beech trees are full of holes and crevices; but for now our home is their home.

One of the best places to view bats in Scotland is at Culzean Castle just a few miles down the coast. I’m quietly glad we have bats just not sure I want them in the roof space 😀

Thanks for dropping by today, be careful what you wish for!

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