…I ask myself as I remove a dead shrew from underneath the armchair in the sitting room. After Sam's skydive, life has started to quieten down a little but if you're a cat, this time of year is heaven!
The field behind us has just been 'mown', or whatever it is you do to a field, and this in turn has uncovered masses of little mice and shrews' nests. I lost count of the number of baby shrews I saved, returned to the field, only to see them back again 10 minutes later in the middle of the kitchen floor!
Well, I say them… in truth it's almost impossible to differentiate between one shrew or another, but suffice to say I did my best to rescue them all whilst chastising the cats with some choice language. However, one little soul clearly escaped underneath a very large, low chair, and ended its days among the dust that had gathered there.
How did I find it, I hear you ask? By a process of elimination… the rather unusual odour wasn't my feet, or Colin's, or the somewhat damp carpet I'd attempted to remove a rather large cherry Lambrini stain from, or even a stray sock I found jammed between the cushions. It was indeed the, now rather stiff, body of the shrew.
I'm happy to say the room has now returned to normal and Willows and Dodge are having to content themselves with catching rather large spiders – for which I will be eternally grateful!
Plus, having finally succumbed to the cold and moved the heating switch from 'off' to 'timed', I went to buy a leaf rake and passed this… (see photo above). I was so shocked I felt the need to share it with you… XMAS DECORATIONS ALREADY!!!!! Please don't tell me you've seen them as well!
Oh go on then… looking forward to hearing from you :).
Love Ali xxx