Sunday, 14 June 2009
Putting the 'bad' in badger
She looks so sweet and innocent, doesn't she? Huh! Like all the wildlife in the garden, she's determined to misbehave. The squirrels' favourite pastime at the moment is to tear bits off the shed roof and eat it. That's when they're not pinching the fat balls put out for the birds. They carry off the whole thing, still in its little green net.
It's the birds too. I was excited recently when we had a new visitor, a greenfinch. But he decided that the seed in our feeder wasn't up to scratch, and promptly emptied the whole thing out onto the floor, shovelling it all with his beak, and just picking out the odd seed to eat now and then. Not just once, mind you, but practically every day. 'If you're not going to eat it, leave it alone, damn you!' You'd think the other birds would eat it up off the ground, but there was so much there, some of it has germinated, and we now have a very small cornfield growing under a bush.
The blackbirds all keep chasing each other, and Robbie the Robin is forever picking fights with Donald the Dunnock. But worst of all is Bill the Badger. Yes, you all told me how exciting and lovely it was to have a badger in the garden. Well...ye-es...BUT... he dug up all my pots and ate the bulbs. Then he came back the next night and dug up all the tulips in the garden and ate them too! There was also collateral damage to other plants.
Still, I suppose it's worth it. Sitting in the garden and listening to the liquid trill of the blackbird has been a very soothing experience lately.
This large peony is from my mum's garden. It's gorgeous, isn't it? I think it's called 'Bowl of Beauty'. It's lovely to see it and think of her pride in her flowers. I feel a lot calmer this week, and have been fortunate to have had plenty of time to be quiet and think. Many thanks to all of you for your kind and nurturing messages on this blog and elsewhere. I've been so touched and warmed by everyone's sympathetic comments. And this is not just politeness - these kind words have really helped. Thank you.