10 May 2017

catch us the foxes



A family of foxes has moved in under his allotment shed, a vixen and three cubs. We've seen her - skinny, tired looking, the prettiest face, leaving her trail of takeaway boxes round the back for her clan. The cubs have been more elusive and we only found out about about them from a neighbour who snapped them frolicking about on the seedbed. We've pretty much given up on that - the sticks are just a half-hearted attempt to stop a complete takeover. At least they came in handy when we decided to tidy out the shed and air the sun hat collection. Not that that the seedbed was exactly thriving anyway - there's been hardly any rain to speak over for nearly two months and the job description for prevailing wind seems to include cold, brisk, northerly as desirable attributes these days. There's some protection in this west-facing corner and there are plenty of blankets on hand to keep the cold out while we sit spellbound as the old-fashioned sprinkler whirls round erratically and the birds swish by hoping for some refreshment. It's all pretty zen.

Catch us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil our vineyard? Nah. Live and let live. We can always eat rhubarb pickle and cheese until they can find their own way to the takeaway.


5 comments:

VP said...

Love the hats!

My mum's garden in Brum has always had foxes. It's been fun to watch them whilst we slowly clear away 60+ years of family history. I'll miss seeing them.

colleen said...

Emptying the family home must be quite harrowing. I'm sure there will be more foxes in your life. And maybe a few favoured treSures from the house too? I find an allotment shed very handy for things you're not quite ready to part with that can make an old shed feel like home. Teapots and retired blankets are essential after all.

annjennyg said...

Love the hats! No foxes on our allotment sadly, just the usual slugs and snails and a rather timid stray cat.

Gina said...

That's quite a collection of hats! I occasionally spot a fox out walking so I know they are around.

Liz said...

We don't see foxes here, only the occasional one under the counter at the vets. Would happily swap one of yours for the wandering bully cat which is terrorising and maiming its feline neighbours (including ours) at all hours of the day and night. As for those hats, I bet the foxes wear them when you're asleep.