Buds, Blossom, Badgers and Bats

Well, ‘cats’ actually but the alliteration didn’t work.  No bats to see here although there will be plenty swooping about at night soon.

In between waiting to sew up the side seams of my jumpsuit (see last post) which, I must say, looks very good on the hanger and waiting for my silver rivets to arrive from Japan(!) so that I can show you the finished jeans which I think might actually fit me, I took my phone with me on our dog walk this morning.  I keep meaning to take it with me as our garden is very steep and some can’t be seen from the house so I wonder how long I would be lying up there with a broken ankle or something with the dogs, taking advantage of my supine position, trying to eat me before anybody realised I was missing.

Anyway, here are some pretties.

Leon likes to come with us but cries if we go too far.

White lilac about to burst forth

Likewise one of our many Iris

Pretty apple blossom – though the apples are never up to much.  A bit blurry but I do have two dogs on leads so not too bad really

We’ve only ever had one quince from this but there are lots of blooms this year so perhaps we’ll get more.


Our Judas Tree about to bloom

but even though the grey lichen looks pretty against the purple, sweet pea-like flowers,

I don’t think it bodes well for the tree.

Leon likes to have a little rest half way round.

There have been lots of piles of poo and holes dug around the place and after weeks of thinking the wild boar were coming further down the hill to dig up roots because of the very dry winter we’ve had, Mr. Tialys spotted this on the hillside at the top of our garden.

It’s a badger sett.  Notice the pile of earth they’ve moved out and it looks like the doorway has a lintel across it which is formed by a rock they’ve obviously dug under.

I must take myself up there one mild evening with a book and sit and see if I can spot any .  How exciting if I got to see one or even a family group.

I won’t take the dogs with me and the sett is the other side of the fence we’ve put up to keep the dogs in a smaller area so they shouldn’t be bothered by them.

                                                   Photo taken from the British Ecological Society here

Although, I’m a bit worried about my hedgehogs that usually snuffle around in the evenings a bit later on – I think they can become Badger food.

This is a bit closer to the entrance but I didn’t want to go too close in case I caused any stress.

 

There is an informative blog post on the subject here if you think you might have badgers living close to you.

See – I do go outside sometimes 😎

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  1. #1 by Laurie Graves on April 12, 2019 - 14:16

    A pretty walk, and what fun to find the badger sett. (I had never heard of that word before.) I know how you feel about one creature eating another. I feel the same way when a hawk or owl comes into the yard and all the songbirds scatter. But, eating other animals is how predators earn their living, and I don’t hold it against them.

    • #2 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:51

      I don’t generally hold it against them but I was pretty upset when something (probably a weasel type thingy) beheaded two of my chickens and just left them lying there.

  2. #4 by nottaholiday on April 12, 2019 - 14:40

    what a lovely garden. Its nice to be blessed with wildlife.

    • #5 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:48

      On the whole, yes, but I could have done without the wildlife that beheaded some of my chickens – the consensus of opinion was that it was probably some sort of stoat.

      • #6 by nottaholiday on April 15, 2019 - 14:01

        So, I had to look up what a stoat was….vicious little beggars by the look. Poor chickens, didn’t stand a chance…

  3. #7 by craftycreeky on April 12, 2019 - 17:02

    How exciting to have a badger sett nearby, it’s one animal I’ve yet to see (alive that is!)

    • #8 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:42

      It’s sad that it’s the way most people get to see them isn’t it – hedgehogs too.

  4. #9 by CurlsnSkirls on April 12, 2019 - 17:38

    I wonder… do we have badgers over here? Will have to look it up. Meanwhile, Yeah, Leon! 😻😻

    • #10 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:41

      You probably do but it won’t be a European badger like in the photograph – I think yours would look different and maybe have different habits etc.

      • #11 by CurlsnSkirls on April 14, 2019 - 14:27

        Yes, we do have them but not in the south; they have more sense. Still look rather British, but do not have the right accents, of course.

  5. #12 by Beads and Barnacles on April 12, 2019 - 20:43

    Some lovely wildlife going on there. Living in Southampton I was very surprised one evening to come face to face with a Badger on my drive I’ve evening. Especially since you can’t get past the house from the drive, and they are notoriously creatures of habit and I have never seen one before or since.

    • #13 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:40

      I hope he wasn’t lost. I think, at a certain point, young badger males go off in search of new territory and a mate and the routes they use are ancient – before roads were built – which is why we often see roadside casualties. I’m not an expert so somebody will correct me if I’m wrong but I believe it’s something like that.

  6. #14 by thecontentedcrafter on April 12, 2019 - 21:14

    I have a horror around badgers. When I was living in the UK many years ago and driving home across the Downs one evening, a suicidal badger dashed across the road directly in front of my car and despite standing on the brakes I hit him KER THUD!! It was just on dark and I leapt out of the car to see if he was still alive and could I save him even though the dent he’d left didn’t give me much hope – He was gone. I was completely traumatised and it still haunts me. A friend told me later that it was as well it was too dark for me to go dashing off into the shrubbery to try and find him as hurt badgers will attack. Which info didn’t help at all.

    Aren’t they clever creatures how they build with a lintel and everything. Wouldn’t it be lovely if you get to see some babies peeking out one evening……….. Looking forward to seeing the jumpsuit finished – and the jeans. Leon is a clever kitty and Orlando wants him to know he does likewise. Gotta keep an eye on your peeps they go all kinds of dangerous places!

    • #15 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:34

      It’s so upsetting when you hit a wild animal with the car isn’t it – lucky it wasn’t a wild boar which has happened to my husband on a couple of occasions.

  7. #17 by sew2pro on April 13, 2019 - 00:35

    I haven’t seen your garden in so much detail at a particular time of year before. What a fab corner of the world!

    I realise I have no idea how you came to be there; that is, what made you move to that particular spot.

    And you have hedgehogs! I have a hedge and a garden that joins up with many others that would make a great home but I have never seen hedgehogs!

    It is bitterly cold here. When the sun comes out it’s unnerving as the sites don’t match the temperatures. The flowers are in bloom and the trees in blossom yet we had frost again this morning. Does that mean the blossom on plum and apple trees won’t turn to fruit? We had no fruit last year either.

    • #18 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:30

      We had a ‘holiday home’ in this part of France at first – it’s in the Ariège in the midi-Pyrenees which has mountains and a rich history to do with the Cathars (have you ever read ‘Labyrinth’ by Kate Mosse?) It was those two things that mostly appealed to my husband added to the fact that it isn’t too touristy and the houses are ridiculously cheap (certainly by UK standards) – hence our generously sized garden – or ‘park’ as it would be called here. If we have to move back to the UK (post-Brexit) it will mean a considerable downsizing. 😱
      You might have hedgehogs – sometimes you hear them more often than see them.
      Unless it is a really severe frost, it shouldn’t prevent the blossom setting – our plum trees were never affected (almost all gone now because we had to stop the dogs eating all the fallen fruit) and, being near the mountains, I would think we would get harder frosts here than where you are in the U.K. More at risk are things like apricots. Maybe there’s a different problem going on with your trees.

      • #19 by sew2pro on April 14, 2019 - 13:45

        I haven’t read Labyrinth but will! (I just finished a very interesting book set in Ireland called Troubles, do you know it?) The Brexit surely won’t affect you in such a drastic way, will it? I suspect we’ll re-join in 15 or so years. I hope you’re right about the fruit trees. I only have one but my neighbours apple trees failed to produce a crop last year and others have said the same but last year we had a very cold week in March, with snow. All the best, Mxx

      • #20 by tialys on April 15, 2019 - 13:58

        I haven’t read ‘Troubles’ is it the one by J.G. Farrell?

      • #21 by sew2pro on April 20, 2019 - 00:33

        Yes, not an author I knew at all.

  8. #22 by Lynda on April 13, 2019 - 04:03

    What a lovely post!

    I have an apple tree, not yet in bloom and several Judas trees that have finished and are pushing out lovely heart shaped pale green leaves (we call them redbuds here). We have no badgers, but do have fox and coyote. And, we have bats here. I like them in summer because of all the mosquitoes they eat each night. I think they are living in the ‘attic’ of my well house. A note on lichens on trees. They will not harm the tree. Fungus on the other hand is a definite sign of a tree in decline. It doesn’t cause the damage, but it does use it to its advantage.

    Looking forward to your receipt of the rivets from Japan and your reveal of the jump suit. 🙂

    • #23 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:16

      We will have bats swooping around in the evenings soon – when I go out into the garden with the dogs last thing at night it’s great to see them. There are foxes around too – they get everywhere don’t they? – but no coyotes to worry about – I think I remember you’ve lost a cat or two to them haven’t you?

      • #24 by Lynda on April 15, 2019 - 13:56

        Yes, and now the voles rule the garden! 😦

      • #25 by tialys on April 15, 2019 - 13:59

        There’s always something isn’t there?

      • #26 by Lynda on April 15, 2019 - 14:00

        Yes.

  9. #27 by katechiconi on April 13, 2019 - 07:53

    Lovely to see the spring blossoms I miss at this time of year… I’ve only ever seen a badger once, at night, and then only spotted him because he was noisily scuffling for snails or worms. I only realised he was a badger because he turned his face to look at me and I realised what he was. I think for the next ‘communing with Nature’ shot, we’ll need to see your jeans-clad legs, surrounded by dogs, cats and any visiting hedgehogs and badgers 🙂

    • #28 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:10

      That sounds like it would be a shot – although I think some photoshopping would have to be the order of the day to achieve it!

  10. #29 by claire93 on April 13, 2019 - 09:02

    we’ve got badgers in our neck of the woods too. Unfortunately the only 2 I’ve seen this year were victims of road accidents;.

    • #30 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:09

      It’s sad how many get killed on the roads. Why don’t they just stay where they are safe? Silly badgers.

  11. #31 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 13, 2019 - 10:11

    Pretty pics – Great to see a rare glimpse of your neck of the woods.
    Yes, you absolutely must take your phone with you, naughty girl! Although I really got into the habit of dog walk phone taking because HRH used to run off on his own walks so much I always had to be ready for the call to say someone had found him – when he wasn’t really lost, just hadn’t made his way back to me yet.
    Do hope your hedgehog is okay.
    Love a cat that thinks it’s a dog.

    • #32 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:08

      I had to do exactly the same thing when I had my Goldie. She was usually chasing pheasants when still in the U.K., once we got here I think she was usually within calling distance of the house but was just selectively deaf.

      • #33 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 14, 2019 - 21:50

        Hicks was usually chasing deer – or selectively deaf hidden in a bush a few yards away eating something he shouldn’t.

  12. #34 by KerryCan on April 13, 2019 - 12:24

    A couple of my cats love to take walks with me–but they cry if we go too far, and need a lot of encouragement. Then, when we turn toward home, they gallop back! It’s fun to see photos of your part of the world, especially since it’s looking so pretty right now. My irises are one inch tall . . .

    • #35 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:06

      Leon likes to get in front of us and then, if the dogs try to overtake him, he hisses at them and swipes them with his paw. I usually scoop him up and put him to the side and let the dogs go past as they put up with his nonsense and won’t force their way past him.

  13. #36 by kathyreeves on April 13, 2019 - 14:18

    Those are some pretty trees and bushes giving you some great color! Badgers and hedge hogs? I’ve never seen either, what a treat to watch them! I have heard that badgers can be quite ferocious. Looking forward to seeing those jeans and the jump suit.😄 I am thinking I will sew myself some new blouses and tackle some knit tops for this summer, maybe a trip to the fabric store is in order.

    • #37 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:03

      We have quite a few hedgehogs but I do worry, when I let the dogs out for their last pee of the night, that the dogs might scare them because they tend to stand over them and bark. I believe that earthworms are the main diet of badgers but they will eat other things too.
      Have fun at the fabric store.

  14. #38 by nanacathy2 on April 13, 2019 - 16:50

    OH MY, badgers… you can get one of those remote cameras set to watch the entrance like on TV wildlife programmes. you lucky lucky thing. And look at you views.. we need you outside more often please.

    • #39 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 09:59

      It would be lovely to set up some sort of watch – like many people, I’ve only ever seen a dead one by the side of the road before.

  15. #40 by Susan on April 16, 2019 - 22:00

    I always love the titles of your posts. =) What pretty flowers everywhere. We don’t have a lot of those trees, but our Iris opened a couple of days ago, so we are probably about the same place on the trees. Dogwood and Azalea are blooming.

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