Yes. It happened. Later on Saturday evening, watching the television, settled down for the evening, slippers on, drink in hand (campari and tonic), 'Strictly' progressing well on the screen (apart from the glimpse we would rather not have had of Brendan's split trousers) IT arrived. It scampered across the floor towards the screen as though it intended to do the Cha-cha and shot behind the television into the corner. I screamed. The farmer laughed and derided me suggesting I was far bigger than it was. After pleading he agreed to get up, get a glass from the corner cupboard, find a card and trap the thing. Bringing it VERY close to my face as he went out, he took it into the yard and deposited it on the hedge of next door's vegetable garden. I hope it decided to over-Winter in mybrother-in-law's house now. Was it the same one? I sincerely hope so - I don't want two of that size in the house.
Our friends from the Netherlands brought us a huge quantity of bulbs when they came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday the farmer dug over a bed just outside the landing window, dug plenty of manure, compost and grit into it and scattered about a hundred tulip bulbs and planted them. Now, every time I go upstairs in March and April I should be treated to a wonderful display right outside the window. We have to look forward to the Spring bulbs don't we? That's how we get through whatever Winter has to throw at us.