Mister Hedgehog

Started by Gyppo, March 22, 2024, 02:39:55 PM

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Gyppo

   Mr Hedgehog

   In a mad moment of Springish-ness, and wanting to make use of my garden waste bin collection service - after all, I pay for the damned thing -  I was raking up a huge pile of dead leaves which had built up, between my Fire maple and the fence..  I gave it a tug with the three-pronged hoe and suddenly there was a very bewildered - and decent sized - hedgehog rolling towards me in a tumble of leaves.

   I swore a bit, having no desire to hurt or injure him,   Watched to see what he did.
 
   He unrolled a little , stretched like a very sleepy kid who can't quite wake up,  then rolled into a ball again.

   I watched him breathing for a while, reassuring myself he wasn't dead or bleeding from the prongs of the hoe.

   I promptly shoved a deep layer of leaves back into the stony gap twixt fence and tree, picked up my prickly lodger, put him on the leaves and re-arranged the rest of them on top of him in a thick mound.  I put a tarpaulin loosely over the top to keep off of the impending rain, and hoped he'd settle down again, hopefully with nothing more than a bewildered hedgehog dream of being disturbed from his hibernation.

   He'll probably be rooting around the garden soon, eating slugs.

   I say he, but I never truly checked.  He/She was  decent sized animal, has obviously over-wintered well.

   My neighbour has a hedgehog flap in her garden gate, but I haven't.  I'm not sure how he got in, because the only obvious gap in my fence seems a little too small.   I've known I have the occasional prickly visitor, their tarry droppings are quite distinctive, but I've never seen one wandering around on my side of the fence.

   Heard them snuffling about at night, but that could be my neighbour's lodgers, scuttling up the alley between the houses to have a root around on the grass at the fronts. before heading back to their hedgehog house to dream the day away.

   My Sis suggested that he may have entered my garden when he was smaller, feasted well on slugs, and can no longer get back out.

   I shall watch out for him now.  Not sure if I'm going to start feeding him though, there's too much commitment in that.  Once you interfere with nature  you have to accept responsibility for those little lives.

   Gyppo

Midnight candle

Looking from a different angle

Gyppo

Follow up:  he's moved on, although I've not seen or heard him.  The small tarp over the leaf pile had been disturbed so I had a wary look and there was nothing but leaves.

I hope he or she will find a mate and produce many more little hedgehogs.  I've done my bit, now it's up to them.

Gyppo

Jo Bannister

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Quote from: Gyppo on March 22, 2024, 02:39:55 PMHeard them snuffling about at night, but that could be my neighbour's lodgers, scuttling up the alley between the houses to have a root around on the grass...

The perils of a misplaced subjunctive.  (Have I got that right?  I never remember the names for all these bits of grammar - reckon it's more important to just use them correctly.)  For a moment I was left thinking Gyppo wasn't the oddest person in his neighbourhood after all.  Then reality reasserted itself, and I'm reassured to know he still is.

Gyppo

;-)

CSE English at school, not GCSE.

Gyppo

Jo Bannister

Well, I got an O-level.  And the RSA bronze medal for English, 1967!

Gyppo

It's what you do with qualifications that really counts.  And your fine tally of novels since speaks for itself, Jo.

Gyppo

Jo Bannister

Aw.  Love you too, Gyppo.