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.


Return of the Striped Invaders

by admin - 22:21 on 16 July 2010

Soo and Tony, the cat-sitters who arrive tomorrow for a week's residence, will be pleased to know that much of today was spent making The Rural Retreat shiny and tidy in their honour. I hope they appreciate it.

What they might not appreciate is squadrons of wasps in a feeding frenzy. No honey was left today for the delectation of visiting martens but the wasps came anyway.

The TV ads that pretend Nutella is part of a healthy breakfast trumpet the fact that it contains hazelnuts and cocoa powder but don't mention that the main ingredient is sugar. Nutella is now as big an attraction for the stripy hordes as honey was.

Instructions with regard to a change of marten diet will have to be left if we don't want to return from our holiday to discover that the Retreat has become Scotland's premier wasp sanctuary.

What the martens think of them is unclear. When Matchgirl and I returned from a dinner date with Terry and Dolphin James we found most of the Nutella and all the nuts gone, which suggests that a  mustelid visitor had enjoyed a meal, but enough Nutella left to satisfy the swarming squadron.

Had Master Marten left replete or abandoned part of his meal in disgust? Or – more worrying – had mutant wasps gorged themselves on peanuts and almonds?

Soo and Tony will take on more responsibility than they expected.

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