Wandering terrapin

Desolate rain-soaked strand,

‘twixt churning sea and windswept land;

a terrapin takes a Sunday stroll.


No, we don’t normally meet a terrapin as we brave the weather on the west coast of Scotland. What he was doing there and how long he had been there is a mystery, he was heading under a large boulder when I picked him up. Initially I thought it was a large green crab (no, never seen a live one of them either) and it was only as I got nearer that I realised this was not normal Scottish fauna! Poor, little thing was thin and almost moribund but got more energetic as he warmed up.

Knocking on the door of the nearest house to ask if they might have lost him, the nice lady says it is not theirs and wouldn’t know any one who might have lost one… But before we could start the car, the children all came running out as they had never seen a terrapin, mum asks if they can see the turtle. Gingerly handing over the errant being, warning that it can bite. The boys were amazed and yes, you guessed it – terrapin found a new home with five children and an uncertain mum to look after him. Instantly named “Croy Burn Visitor” and kids running off to find a box and no-doubt search the web for info. Hope they all survive!

Well, that’s the start to the new year – just wonder how weird it can get! 😀