Just before Christmas I bought a new bird feeder for the garden, it's a wrought iron stand with hooks for hanging seeds and nuts in nets. I watch the birds from the conservatory or from the living room when I sit down for my tea and love seeing them all, especially the robins. We have had up to four of them at a time feeding. On Sunday morning Georgina shouted that a squirrel was on the table so I went to look and saw a huge rat, it was climbing up and down the pole as if it was a ladder then leaning over and stealing the bird food. I hate rats and let the dogs out but it got away. I set a trap down by the fence for it, I was worried that a bird would get stuck but Steve said they were too light to set it off. I saw a flapping there this morning and a poor little robin was caught by it's legs, they were all broken and I picked it up to try and get it to a vet but it managed to fly away when I opened the trap. I must have cried for an hour, I feel dreadful for putting the trap there, especially as I had wondered about the birds being hurt. I called Gill who thought one of the dogs had been run over or one of the children were hurt, Steve came in and wasn't sympathetic at all, seeing as it doesn't bother me when I run rabbits over down the lanes.
I am borrowing an air rifle and some poison traps that birds can't get into, if I can't stop the rats that way then I will have to get rid of the bird feeder, I can't stand the thought of them in the garden, especially in the summer when we have the pool in use. YUCK.
I'm working on classes and magazine stuff still but managing to get out for a walk and some geocaching most days. Alex is home on 7th for half term, he goes back to school on the first day of Georgina's half term so we wont get much done as a family.
I bought a set of Geocoins the same design but different colours, Alex (antique gold), Georgina (antique copper), Hélène (Alex's girlfriend) (antique silver) and I (satin silver) have one each, we are going to place them in a cache together and see which one travels the furthest. They are logged in and out of caches as they travel so that we can see where they are and how much mileage each one has accrued. I have another from the set, a two tone one which will stay at home in my coin box.
There are hundreds of different designs, some very limited editions and collectable, it is great to find them hidden, I love the idea that people walk past places every day and just a few feet away is a secret box waiting to be discovered.