One of the builders (lots of building work going on behind us) saw a large rat crossing the railway line. Another saw an adder on the line. Let’s hope adders eat rats.

I came home from a week in Italy – saw only a few pigeons there – if it flies they shoot and eat it – it was a delight to see so many birds. A young male blackbird had flown into the kitchen and was alarmed when I walked in with elderly cat Flo in my arms. He screeched in surprise and luckily flew out of the open door. Next day I saw him again. He followed me up the steps to the gate, sat on the gate and sang, followed me up the coast path to the railway line, where he rested on the gate post and chittered, across the line with me and up the path. My daughter Caroline has seen her hedgehogs feeding in broad daylight, a herring gull watching, then tipping up the hogs’ water bowl. Very funny! Please look at my Facebook page to see the film.


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