A leisurely evening followed catching up on an episode of ‘New Tricks’, recorded earlier in the week, and then watching part of the Promenade Concert, a performance of the Symphonie Fantastique by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (BBC4). I then headed for the kitchen’s stable door to inhale a quick nicotine fix; after a few moments I became aware of a moving shadow heading down the lawn. As it grew closer, I was delighted to note that the recent demise of Spike hadn’t deterred others of his kind from honouring us with a visit. As he sauntered through the longer grass, at the lawns edge, it was only a matter of time before we were greeted by the happy schnuffling sound of a feast being devoured. Odds on the hedgehog had discovered the remaining food pellets on the birds ground feeder, hopefully topped off with a few garden pests!
This hog was a little larger than the late lamented Spike, plenty of advance preparation for his autumn & winter retreat. Perhaps our hedgehog house, or some of the twig / foliage heaps will be utilized once again this year!