Aren't the Olympics so exciting? We are having new guttering fitted on our house today and the farmer couldn't go down to his usual Market, so I drove down on my own. I always meet friends in the Golden Lion pub for coffee and I always buy my fruit and vegetables from the lovely market stalls. By the time I returned home the Olympics were in full swing -= mainly the rowing. I told the men that lunch would have to fit in with the times of the races, put on the electric hob and the television and flitted between the two. Joy of joys our pair of women won Gold and I was so excited that I completely forgot that I had put on the omelette pan with a little oil in the bottom - forgot that is until I smelt smoke. The pan was well and truly on fire. The farmer and the builder were standing just outside the kitchen window. I hammered on the window and mouthed 'fire' - they thought I was calling them in for lunch and called 'we'll be in in a minute!' - it took three panic calls before they finally got the message and all was well that ended well, except that the whole house smells of smoke. All the windows are open, and the doors - Tess is in her element as she can wander in and out at will. And yes, before you tell me, I do know that I should have wetted a tea cloth and thrown it over the pan quickly - but in the heat of the moment (forgive the pun) I completely forgot.
As I came back from town I spotted on the lawn close by the front gate but outside on the lane side, a very young hedgehog nibbling away at the grass. He was in a prime position to be flattened on the lane by the first vehicle that drove past. I went in, donned rubber gloves, got the fire shovel and went out to see him. Of course he rolled himself into a ball but I told him it was for his own good - gently popped him on to the shovel and put him under the bushes in our garden, where there was plenty of fine, lush grass for him to eat. I hope he is alright now, but - does anybody know - should a hedgehog be out eating during the day or are they completely nocturnal? This chap looked perfectly healthy to me - he was a delightful little chap - but is there any truth in the story that a hedgehog out during daylight hours is a sick hedgehog. Answers on my blog please.