Summer In England
Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:45 AM
What is Summer like in England....You just never know....
Last year we got a good spell in April/May and after that it was rain all the way through and many people suffered serious flooding.
I think the year before was the hot one (we do get them now and again)....
I know it lasted for about 6 weeks and it was 90deg most days. The funny thing is that after a couple of weeks we all start to moan that its toooooooooo hot!!!!!!!!! It just goes to show that we are never satisfied. If we do get a hot spell after about a week it tends to get very humid and then the storms start to come.
On the whole now you just have to take each day as it comes. I never pack all my winter cloths away anymore because now I seem to need them all the year through.....
Groundhog ???????? I think that is what we call a Hedgehog ( small animal with a lot of prickles ) We have them in our garden and provide a house for them. As yet I have not seen them as the weather is far to cold. I did notice yesterday that our Blackbirds have started to nest gather so perhaps Spring is on the way........I LIVE IN HOPE.
My Kindest Regards.........Margaret
Posted 28 March 2008 - 04:48 PM
In reference to our Groundhog Day, it's actually not a Hedgehog.
In weather lore, if on Groundhog Day, which is Feb. 2, the Groundhog comes out of its borrow and sees it's shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, Spring is in the air. They even made a movie about it called Groundhog Day.
The Hedgehog is from the family Erinaceidae and the Groundhog is from the Sciuridae family. The Hedgehog being the older species.
That's our science lesson for today, this information will be on the test.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:02 PM
Guess I failed the test.......
SO........What does a groundhog look like.....
Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:36 PM
Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:10 PM
Our weather here in Jersey is very close to yours. I don't have any groundhogs living close to me but I have dogs on my property so that would make sense. We can't post pics anymore but it would be fun to see your "outdoor pets"
Posted 29 March 2008 - 04:57 PM
Last weekend I saw two animals at the edge of the woods behind my house that I first thought were otters. However, they were grey in color so I told my cousin I thought they were weasels. We looked up weasels on the internet and found it is a generic term and there are many varieties. So I'm not sure what I saw!
I also have raccoons, possums and armadillos (hate them - they tear up my garden). The hummingbirds have returned so I think summer is near.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 08:29 AM
Groundhogs look so sweet, wish we had them over here, I would welcome them in my garden.....Thanks for the pic's Katita. I'm not sure about the armadillos, can't say I would like to meet one on a dark night..... I bet they dig up anything you plant.
We have two beautiful pigeons that come into the garden and we have named them Fred and Ginger. Fred is all white with brown wing tips and poor Ginger is just a dull grey.....but Fred seems to love her a lot and they have been together for about three years now.
The one thing we have is yet another large frog.....AND I HATE HIM.... He's so fat and has a bad habit of sitting just outside our back door, we have a post-it-note stuck on the glass saying FROG as I am terrified of stepping on him. Ive only seen him twice this winter but I just know that he will be around full time any day now.... UCK.
Chowlover2........Do Gus & Gertie eat your garden plants ?
Today has been springlike with us and I have managed to do a little work in the garden.
Regards to you all.......Margaret
Posted 30 March 2008 - 12:45 PM
Posted 30 March 2008 - 03:23 PM
I love the story of your fox. How kind of you to look after her and feed her. We used to have a lot of foxes that lived in a field near to us but over the years they have disappeared hunted out of existence..... Fox hunting is now banned over here (or supossed to be) Its the one thing that my hubby and I don't agree on. He comes from a farming family and tells me that I want to see the damage that a fox can do in a hen house. I can agree with farmers shooting them but running them to death with hounds makes me sick..its so barbaric.
Things are changing very fast over here in the garden animal and insect world. A lot of our native species are falling into decline and being taken over by their continental cousins. This last ten years or so we have lost over 50% of our little house sparrows and now our British ladybird is being over taken by the European one.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 07:30 PM
Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:24 AM
Sorry I have been out of touch, but with nursing Paul back to health after he broke BOTH his heels and building two houses - I'm sort of tired.
Anyway Paul is walking a lot steadier now and will have another operation to remove all his screws and plates this summer.
I'm afraid my garden got very little attention last year and will be a big struggle. This spring I had about a dozen crocus only - the wild boar ate the rest last year. And of course we have lots of deer in the garden too - I love them and they are not as destructive as the Boar!!!!!!
Margaret - this is a no go area for you - we have Frogs everywhere - and the noise phew!!!!!!!!!!!
The "pleased to meet you" bird is back from Africa (I don't know what it is but it's mating call is a short whistle and then it says "pleased to meet you"). Unfortuneatly at 5am it gets into your head and you could murder it.
We are awaiting the HooPoo which is very beautiful - looks like a cross between a Zebra and a Punk!!!
Our two cats have taken all this in their stride - the wildest animals we had in the UK were the neighbours HORRIBLE children!!!!!
And as for summer in the UK - why do you think we moved to France!!!!!!
Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:54 PM
A BIG WELCOME BACK TO YOU......
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:54 AM
Yes, here in the UK we are well known for our good treatment of animals. There are many, many animal charities all willing to help in whatever way they can.
Its unfortunate that there are still people that take on animals without really knowing what a commitment they are. Many poor creatures still get thrown out onto the streets for the charities to pick up when people get fed up with them...... but the good side is that they are then rehomed to people who have been vetted.
It does sound as if Jojo is having cubs, lets hope all goes well and do keep us informed as to progress.....
Caroline...... You can keep your frogs, I would sooner face Ar's Armadillo......
Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:48 AM
Lovely cooked in butter and garlic
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