© Number 10 B & B 2016
Our handsome old barn is typical of the area and we believe is referred to as a ‘clook’ (Apologies if the spelling is incorrect). This comes from its shape which is similar to an old hen spreading her wings for her chicks to shelter under.
It is definitely in need of some TLC and is certainly on our ‘To Do’ list somewhere. It is nevertheless still rather splendid and home not only to our colony of bats but also our resident barn owl or barn owls.
It does not happen very often but every now and then I am lucky enough be to in the right place at the right time. Early evening just as dusk is falling is usually the time to catch sight of one of these splendid birds as he swoops silently out off on his nights business.
We assume they live on the top floor of the barn but unreliable stairs and floorboards have stopped us investigating. However each year, usually in early summer, it is sometimes possible to open the big barn doors to discover two owls down there. I am not sure whether they are juveniles testing their wings or just the resident owls checking things out but they are still a wonderful sight.
The ‘pup’ continues to grow at an alarming rate and we have already bought him a larger bed as he likes to stretch out.
He does like his comfort and is always on the lookout for somewhere suitable to relax wherever he finds himself.
However he struggles to understand that Nia’s little bed simply is not big enough for him these days.
He has found an answer when he joins us in the pool house but we are not sure for how much longer he will fit onto a sun lounger.
Occasionally it is necessary for one of us to act as life guard around the swimming pool.
As a rather gung-ho pup Max managed to fall in twice but fortunately on both occasions we were on hand to rescue him. The first time he was small enough to lift out by the scruff but the next time we guided him to the steps so he could get himself out.
He is still fascinated by the pool but now is very cautious around it. He does however provide himself with endless hours of entertainment by dropping his toys in and waiting for us to fish them out ready for him ‘accidentally drop in again.
Toads also need to be rescued as despite being amphibians they are not able to get out of the pool and will eventually sink to the bottom. Only rarely does a lizard find itself in the pool but when they do, they require a speedy rescue.
Early one morning from a distance there appeared to be a turtle swimming rapidly around in the pool. On closer inspection it turned out to be a hedgehog which fortunately was proving to be an excellent swimmer but in need of help.
He was rather wet and apparently worn out after its exertions, so I popped him into a box lined with a towel. This I put on its side against the garden wall where it was sheltered from a brisk wind and any rain which appeared to be in the offing.
I checked the box every now and then and a couple of hours later was relieved to find it empty – another successful rescue.