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The Hot Topic At Aultbea
by admin - 20:38 on 06 July 2012
For a creature described by Springwatch as the second-rarest mammal in the UK, an awful lot of people have seen pine martens. At least, that's the impression one gets when seated behind a table at craft markets.
It seemed that everyone who stopped to admire, or scowl at, (opinion is always mixed) the marten snaps on show at Aultbea Hall today had enjoyed, or suffered, a close encounter with the creatures. To some people, they're welcome garden visitors; to others, they're pests who've taken up noisy residence in their shed or attic.
Squirrel James will be so jealous...
Despite the interest, no marten prints found new owners today but I finished the market with a small profit, after deducting table fee and 150 miles of petrol, thanks to card sales and the rehoming of a Borders Sunset taken with a borrowed FinePix compact before I became the proud owner of my Pentax. You never can tell.
Matchgirl, on the other hand, finished the day lighter in pocket but weighed down by a boxful of goodies purchased at the other tables. So, back home, an unexpected letter to her from Mr Taxman, promising to send her money, was welcome news. Some people have all the luck.
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