Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


The Vegetable Hunter

by admin - 20:16 on 04 September 2014

Life's been quiet again recently, enlivened only by Maia The Great Black Hunter who came home shortly before midnight a couple of days ago to boast loudly about her latest success and deposit her spoils on the doormat – a floret of uncooked broccoli.

More traditional prey has also fallen victim to The Pride but its members can't be blamed for the large pile of neatly plucked grey feathers near our apple tree. I suspect a sparrowhawk found a collared dove there.

I've not seen a sparrowhawk for a while but I did enjoy the sight of another predator a few nights ago – a pine marten, illuminated by the outdoor light, tucking into nuts and peanut butter on the garden gate. At the base of the gate, hoovering up spillage, was a large and healthy-looking hedgehog who sprinted towards The Nutella Tree when he'd finished. The marten loped after him a few minutes later. It was far too dark for snappery.

The Pentax has lately caught little of interest apart from this study of snails, captured up the lane beside The Rural Retreat. I'll try harder.


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