20.4.21 – 16.6.21
Long time, no blog. Lack of motivation. Sorry readers.
I’m sure there’s lots happened over the last few weeks but my brain is a bit stagnant – must be the heat. The weather has been erratic to say the least but seems to have settled recently. Rain and warmth mean the ‘grass’ (if you can call it that) has grown at a rate of knots. I can only manage to cut it a section at a time but as long as it looks tidy-ish then I can live with it. The path is finally complete. I was keen to get it done before the return of guests. I’ve discovered that an added bonus is its use as an early warning system. I can hear footsteps crunching through the gravel when people are arriving! Funny thing – cats aren’t too happy walking on gravel and Asterix often chooses to walk on the edging stones instead.
I’ve also added a PIR solar light by the gate to avoid having to leave outdoor lighting on all night when guests are coming back in the early hours after wedding parties etc. At this point I should also add that it works well when you are out in your nightie looking for your missing cat at 3.30 am. Good job no-one can see me.
My visitor feral cat Rudi appeared with a very bad limp the other day. He’s tame enough to stroke and I managed to lure him with food, snaffle him up and zipped straight to the vets. He was actually a good boy in the car, much better than I expected. It wasn’t possible to give him a thorough examination but the conclusion was he’d been fighting. Anti-inflammatory jab administered and I was given follow up meds too. However, this has proved difficult to maintain as he’s not been back for food on a regular basis and when he did, I didn’t think he was much better. Poor little soul. Thankfully last night he was limping less and stretch out his poorly leg for washing. The plan is to get him neutered. I spoke to the vet about this and when he has recovered I’ll try and get him back to the practice. I think there is a special rate for feral cats and so far the consultation and medicines has been very reasonable.
Still on the animal theme………….. night visitor! Owen bought me a night-viz camera for Christmas and it’s taken me a long time to get it up and running. After many failed attempts to catch something on camera – I did!! I was quite shocked at what it was. I’m not 100% even now; there’s seems to be a divided opinion between a pine marten and polecat. He or she has not been often (maybe 3 times), is always on their own and flits through the garden in a few seconds. I am slightly worried about my tortoises, but they are away from his routeway. Then, to top it all, I actually saw it in daylight as it ran down the tree. It was far bigger than I imagined (maybe 70 – 80 cm) and the most beautiful dark red/brown colour. But again, gone in a flash.
So I am open again for B&B. Not many guests, but I’m sure they will come. Some returning guest and some travelled from the other side of the country. As 90% of my guests are French, the travel restrictions won’t really affect me. I hope!
Plans are a-foot!! I’m involved on the periphery with a local charity shop. It’s the Hope charity for animals. I’ve baked and volunteered at a couple of events and have been thinking that it could be advantageous to use the central location of my house to hold an event here. Just to keep it simple (ha ha) I’ve suggested a traditional Cream Teas afternoon. Lots of scones, vintage tea services, bunting and bistro tables with waitress service (maybe). Having now floated this idea with other volunteers, plans are moving up a gear. I mentioned this to my French neighbour last night and he looked disappointingly down his nose and said ‘Only for one day?’ Well, yes, just as a first foray into the unknown!!
Watch this space.