Since my last blog, commemorating the 350thanniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley, I have been involved in a series of meetings and preparation for the weeks and months ahead. Fortunately, the weather in Bedfordshire has not been too disruptive although one or two of the journeys into London have been rather prolonged.
One of the pleasures of working at the computer sitting at the kitchen table at home is that I have a good view of the garden out of the corner of my eye. Watching the antics of the wildlife, mainly birds and squirrels, is a welcome distraction and produces occasional inspirations for my blog. Today I couldn’t resist reporting the story behind the strange photo above.
Last year we invested in a fat-ball feeder to add to our range of treats for the birds. We hung it in an old pear tree away from the other seed feeders to attract the larger birds and squirrels away from visiting the small birds’ feeding station. Sure enough it provided much entertainment when squirrels and a variety of crows and woodpeckers vied for the fat balls. However, a few months ago we returned from a weekend in Cheshire to discover that the basket section of the fat ball feeder was completely missing and just the lid was left dangling from the hook in the tree. After a futile search for the missing basket we eventually invested in another feeder. All was well for a while until once again the basket section was mysteriously removed despite it being wired to the lid. This time however the thief had scampered away leaving the basket behind. It will be interesting to see how long David’s solution outwits our long-tailed, sharp toothed vandal!
‘All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all’ (including squirrels)