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

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Dining in a Winter Wonderland

by admin - 20:59 on 29 November 2010

Bess may not like the snow but Master Marten loves it. Having such a thick fur coat probably helps.

The combination of brighter illumination from a new bulb in the outside light and crisp, white snow meant that my first sighting of the visitor in many weeks – at 11.30 last night – was a good one.

After checking out the windowsill for Nutella he jumped off and dealt with his egg, then clambered over the snow-covered gate in search of more chocolate goodies. Satisfied, he romped around the garden for a while, stuck his snout into the snow a couple of times, then hurried to The Nutella Tree. This is just beyond the outside light's reach but close enough for me to see Master Marten's bib as he scoured the branches for treats.

Everything eaten, he descended and galumphed away through the hedge. I'm pleased to say that he looks to be in fine condition.

More animal acrobatics were observed this morning, but of a more cautious kind. After I'd cleared Bess's personal pathway through the snow to her preferred place of business in the garden she dashed along it, then into the willow tree where she made a careful foray along some of its lower branches. The novelty soon wore off and minutes later she was back indoors where she could dry her paws.

Matchgirl returned safely around midday, with more tales of icy roads, so I abandoned my book-related meetings and followed Bess's example. Further flurries of snow, which undid all my path-clearing efforts, proved this a wise decision.

Pheasant 3

Mr Pheasant, still lord of the daytime garden

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