|Owl Wood is top left|
This aerial view shows almost the entire village.
The houses and cottages back on to the village green, rather than the more usual arrangement, which is to have them facing it. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that some people have lived in the village for many years without even realising there is a village green - for the entrance is hidden, unless you know where to look. The village hall is further along the road, so no clue there!
The only other village asset is the local pub, the white buildings, bottom left.
Of course even the pub has had to close for the duration of the restrictions. They are still providing takeaway meals, with contactless payment and collection, delivery for those who cannot collect. A useful service, but not one I use.
Best of all, they have organised grocery shopping, along with fresh fruit and vegetables from their local suppliers, which is a wonderfully useful service.
I placed a small order last week, just to see how it would work out; it was quick and efficient and the fruit and vegetables were in perfect condition. I am very grateful for their hard work in setting it all up, and so, I imagine, are a lot of other locals. Thank you D & K.
|Arnold, the old rubber tyre horse.|
This peculiar creature is a rubber tyre horse, Arnold. He lives in Owl Wood and belongs to my grandchildren.
The other day I noticed that he seemed to have grown a beard - you can't see it on this shot.
I peered inside and found that the wrens have been busy building a nest, right at the back, where I hope they will be safe from cats, rats and squirrels.
|Wrens nest, inside the 'horse's' head.|
I wonder how many hours of work went into making this nest - lovingly lined with moss and feathers.
Blue tits have taken up residence in the boxes at the back of the house, but I am still not a hundred percent sure about whether the owl box has got squirrels or jackdaws inside, all I know for sure is that it is not owls.
We set up the wildlife camera last night, to monitor the squirrels nut bucket, we had a suspicion that they were not all going to the squirrels...
This is what the camera caught last night - a very large rat.
I told you the cats had been slacking in their duty. In her younger days Sparky would have dealt with this one but I think she is too old and stiff to tackle it now and Millie doesn't really 'do' rodents, unless they are small and sweet.
The wind seems to have dropped now, so with luck I may be able to get this posted to the blog. Our internet connection has been pretty dire for a few days, not that it is ever particularly good, but at least it worked.
Stay safe, well and happy.