Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Wednesday

By world standards we are but a small island and you would think that the weather would be pretty standard throughout.   Yesterday the weather forecast told us that it would be a lovely Autumnal day today with warm sunshine.   Well I know from reading the blogs of Rachel and Derek today that that was the case in the South of the country, but up here in North Yorkshire it has been a thoroughly wet day throughout and drawing the blinds an hour ago and shutting it all out was a pleasure.   It hasn't been cold, just what I would call 'cheerless'.

To finish the hedgehog saga:   the lady who deals with cats and hedgehogs works very hard indeed.   She gave me instructions what to do if I managed to catch it and said she would be in touch this morning.   She said I needed to bring the little animal in its box into the kitchen for the night as it certainly wouldn't be warm enough in the garage.  So I brought the box into the kitchen where Tess also sleeps and left them to it.   This morning I think Tess was pleased to get out of the kitchen and all I can say without putting too fine a point on it is that hedgehogs smell pretty rank.

I opened up the box which looked as though the little animal had been in there for days by the state it was in, put in some more food, fastened it all down again and after agreeing to do so with June I drove the twelve miles or so into Bedale to the vet, where they were to check it over before passing it on to June.   Once there she intended to put it in a cage with a heat pad, feed it  up, water it well (many die of dehydration) and just hope it would survive the winter.   I hope so too.

Getting home pretty exhausted although the day had hardly begun I made a pot of tea, two rounds of toast, and sat and read The Times.   Then took Tess for her morning walk, by which time it was almost lunch time.

This afternoon has been Poetry - only seven of us today but what a lovely afternoon.   Lots of laughs, lots of lovely poetry, lovely cup of Lady Grey - and all this while friend Sylvia kindly took Tess for a walk.   Tess really loves her and so looks forward to her Wednesday afternoons, as I do because I means that I have a break from walking with her.   I do find walking difficult but know that most days I just have to do it for her sake.

Home now, Michael Palin shortly will be going round North Korea - such an excellent programme.   He is such a sensible, well-balanced man and most people I know are fascinated by this insight into such a mysterious country.

16 comments:

Rachel Phillips said...

Yes, we have Summer here still. I don't know if it is just the weather that is different down here but we have Joanna Lumley tonight, and Michael Palin tomorrow night. I left you a comment about Palin on your post of the 20 Sept, which I am sure you will understand but I am not sure that you read it. I am enjoying both programmes very much.

justjill said...

Drizzle all day. Depressing. Let us know if the hedgehog survives.

Penhill said...

No rain here today,warm and sunny all afternoon in Yarm.A move less than 5 miles has caused a small climate change!

Bovey Belle said...

We had mixed weather - a warm and sunny afternoon. Happy for this to continue! Sorry you got the wet stuff though.

Fingers crossed that the baby hedgehog survives. Friends have been doing similar with some young hedgehogs on their land.

Must try and catch up on Michael Palin - we set it to record and have been so busy we haven't had time to watch it yet!

Bonnie said...

I'm happy to hear the hedgehog story had a good ending. You are so kind to help the little guy. You have certainly had a well rounded and enjoyable day. Here in my part of the states we have had a beautiful cool Fall day.

Sue in Suffolk said...

Another lovely day here....sorry!
Hope the hedgehog survives

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I hope your hedgehog survives, I put water out for them in the high summer, it must have been so hard to find food with the ground so hard.

Gorgeous day here.

Joanne Noragon said...

A bona fide two rounds of toast day!

Marjorie said...

I enjoy all the Michael Palin documentaries. The little hedgehog is now in the right hands thanks to your care. I hope it does well.

Derek Faulkner said...

05.45 Thursday morning, still dark outside, though a full moon has been doing a good job of lighting the garden. Today here is forecast to be very warm and sunny again and that's it then, tomorrow the weather is forecast to be chillier. I haven't watched Michael Palin yet but read that he got a rebuke for having his hands in his pockets, apparently it's seen as disrespectful out there.

Librarian said...

You've had a busy day (as nearly always), so full of different things - doing a good deed in the morning and having a lovely time with poetry and friends in the afternoon. Here, the weather has been beautiful, but the starry nights have also meant very cold nights, down to 3C! I have put on the heating in my bathroom in the morning for the first time in many months, and wore my padded coat and a (light) scarf to work for the first time this season. It still gets warm during the day; today, the forecast is for 25C. Not easy to decide on what to wear when you leave the house at wintery temperatures and return in late summer!
Oh, and still way too dry, as it has been all year.

thelma said...

Yes both programmes are good, Palin takes us through a country where its people are handcuffed to the state yet the fragility of the relationships are heartwarming. Glad the hedgehog is getting a warm pad, they were sending out for them in Pickering as another batch of little ones came in.

Heather said...

That was quite an eventful day. Glad you had your poetry afternoon to cheer you up. Hope the hedgehog will survive and that today's weather will be kinder to you all up there.
I have become an armchair traveller and enjoy the travel programmes. The Silk Route with Joanna Lumley is another fascinating one, but I think Michael Palin is more down to earth in his presentation.

Midmarsh John said...

Such variations in weather conditions across the country. There we were, in the next door county, sweltering under 23C by the end of the afternoon. At least it dried out my overgrown grass enough to get it trimmed. I don't consider my garden to be large but was surprised to find I had walked half a mile while mowing. My phone was in my pocket and it records the number of foot steps taken and calculates the distance walked.
I had cause to use our local hedgehog rescue centre a few years ago. At least it gives any poorly creature a fighting chance to survive.

Tom Stephenson said...

Today it is wonderful weather here - clear skies, crisp mornings and a blazing low sun. Your turn next I expect.

Penhill said...

Just to add, went to Leyburn today for walk on the shawl, cool and blowing a gale.We carried on to Masham, warm and sunny and ate ice creams sitting in the square watching preparations for the sheep fair.