The Old Forge (Wednesday 9th May 2018)

As I was having a morning coffee in the kitchen before eight this morning, I saw this squirrel run along the top of my fence gate, leap across to next door's kitchen roof and up to the roof above their loft room, where it sat for the next hour or more. I got this hand held shot with my bridge camera, at an equivalent of 1200 mm, from my front yard. The Extra is a wider shot for context.

I should have chosen one with its tail extended, and then I could have entered it for Wide Wednesday.

Although neighbours a couple of doors away have reported seeing squirrels, it is the first time I have seen one at home, and I have been here since 1989. I was delighted to see it, but almost immediately began to think about the impact on the bird feeders...

In other news, the garden arch has now been installed and the spot where my shed is intended to be now has a concrete base in readiness. I will probably blip both over the next few days.

Now I need to actually buy the shed...

In other other news, the lime trees at nos. 70 and 72 have been having a trim this week, by a team of two very noisy tree surgeons. Here are some of the lopped branches in what used to be Fluffy's front garden.

10.5.2018 (0850 hr)
Blip #2645 (#2395 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.60-18.3.10)
Consecutive Blip #029
Blips/Extras In 2019 #088/265 + #32/100 Extras)
Day #2969 (579 gaps from 26.3.10)
LOTD #1789 (#1630 + 159 in archived blips)

Old Forge series
Diary Blip series
Curzon St series

Taken with Nikon Coolpix P900 (24-2000mm equivalent bridge camera)

Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Doctor Ross - Cat Squirrel (1961)
Lots of blues bands in the mid sixties featured an instrumental they called Cat's Squirrel. Cream had one, featuring Eric Clapton, and Jethro Tull had another that featured their guitarist Mick Abrahams. When he left and formed Blodwyn Pig he recorded it again with them. The tune is sometimes credited as 'Traditional' but more often to Dr Isaiah Ross, a blues man based in Detroit, where he worked for General Motors, who made the first recording of it in 1961 for Fortune Records, and performed as a singer, guitarist and harmonica player.

One year ago:
The Old Forge

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