Sunday, 3 May 2015

A Post By Ted

Good Evening everyone, Ted here :o)

Poppy and I are aware that it's been ages since we were on mum's blog (she's been far too consumed with showing you all insects and plants and the such like), so we've taken matters into our own paws and decided we'd do a post of our own.

Actually, I say we, but of course I mean I. The truth is that Poppy (who is not yet two) is far too silly to be trusted to write a reasonable post. I, on the other hand (who will attain the Grand Old Age of six this summer - where does the time go?) am far more sensible and also have a Proven Track Record of blogging, as we all know.

So, we thought we'd tell you what we've been up to recently.

It has been a Fairly Hectic Round of chasing each other round the garden (and the greenhouse- goes without saying really), chasing rats, chasing bees (we get into trouble for this), interspersed with some Interesting Walks out with mum, eating and sleeping in front of the fire. Yes, we still have a fire lit at night because it is so cold, brrrrr.

I actually caught a rat last week :o) Poppy is useless at ratting - would you believe she just sits and watches them? No effort to catch one AT ALL. It's all left up to me :o(  When I remonstrate with her about this and wonder out loud why it is all my considerable Rat Expertise is not sinking in, she just shrugs and says watching them is more interesting! Honestly! I ask you!

Here is me doing my Famous Alert Westie Rat Staring Stance (there is one of the little blighters in the hedge).... I could win prizes, couldn't I?
 


Quite a lot of my time at the moment is spent patrolling the patio and barking at the pigeons who are nesting in the hedge there. I swear they blow raspberries at me from that nest. This makes me feel Very Cross Indeed and I show my displeasure with them the most powerful way I know.....



Ha! That'll teach 'em to Mess With A Westie :o)

I have reformed the Pigeon Watcher's Club once again after the winter break. So far there are six members (me, Poppy, Dylan, Dougal, Ember and Toffee our cousins). If you would like to join, just drop me a message in the comments and let me know. Membership is free and lasts a lifetime, so it really represents extremely good value. Wouldn't it be marvellous if we could get members watching pigeons all round the world?

Here are Dougal and I demonstrating Pigeon Watching the summer before last. It isn't hard to master the technique, but you do need to be quite committed. Amazing really that the Club has been going that long....




Yesterday, mum and L went to see Grannie. Mum said it was probably the first time in our lives that Poppy and I have been cleaner and smarted than Dylan and Dougal, our Westie cousins. They are going to see Mrs Danning (our hairdresser) next week.

Mum had a hello message for us from Coco and Shanti, our horse cousins...




Coco came up to say his hello but Shanti didn't, she shouted it from the bottom of the field because she was worried her grass might disappear if she left it :o)

When mum got home we had a trip round the garden to look at plants (yawn)...




 
 
I made my feelings about this plain.....


But I Cheered Up considerably when Poppy got told off for jumping over the Ragged Robin by the pond and nearly pushing mum in it :o)


As usual, Pop wasn't remotely bothered....




There was a bit of a hoo-hah when Poppy thought she'd discovered a Monster on the wall....


She stood on the bench by the apple tree and eye-balled it in case it tried to crawl over and Get Her...



Matters weren't helped much by mum telling her it was an empty Dragon case. She had to go and have a lie down to get over her worries that a dragon might be flying around the garden :o)




When she'd woken up, we both went off into the garden again to see what we could find on the Insect Front. We have to be careful about this because if mum thinks we're actively looking for insects she follows us and shoos the insects away :o( 
Cunningly, I put her off the scent by pretending to enjoy looking up at the beech hedge leaves...

 
Meanwhile, Poppy spotted a very small spider hiding on the lavender that thankfully mum didn't see or there would have been an Embarrassing Scene involving screaming and running about with her arms waving wildly in the air. Sooo embarrassing....


I pondered why it should be that a dandelion looks insignificant from far away but amazingly impressive Close Up....


....And Poppy wondered whether the nasturtium seedlings were actually all that was left of an upside-down duck stuck in the soil.....



 Then she found a Bee who she said was staring at her....



A Footballer Hoverfly (she thinks)....



And a Scorpion Fly....




After all that Insect Watching we were both completely exhausted, so we went indoors, got in our basket and fell Fast Asleep.....



Night night :o)

Love Teddy (and Poppy) XXXX

 


42 comments:

  1. Fabulous post Ted, sounds like you and Poppy have had some great adventures.

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    1. Thank you Ian, we do have lots of adventures. Toady we are going to run through the bluebell woods and try not to get stuck down the badger sett. Kindest regards, Ted.

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  2. HI Ted Good to hearfrom you and all your news. I can't say Poppy is much help to you Rattng but perhaps she will be when she is a little older but you do a great job yourself. I do like Pigeon so as you don't have many in your club yet, I would like to join so put my name down please. I know you are not fond of flowers but I think they are quite pretty and your Mum takes good photographs. I do like yourhirsse cousins,, relaly quite handsome but really you are the most handsome dog around there but don't tell Poppy that! Well I can see you have settled down for the night and I am off to make my dinner adn then to bed myself. Have a good week and try to keep out of trouble.

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    1. Dear Margaret,
      Thank you very much for your application to join the Pigeon Watchers Club. I have added your name to our membership list, so all you need to do now is start watching pigeons! Mum says you live in Ireland, so I am Very Excited to have a member who lives across the sea!
      I hope you had a delicious dinner and a nice sleep. Kindest regards, Ted x

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  3. Great post Ted. I must get Bunty to post like that. She is a border jack cross. She carries out garden patrols to ensure there are no intruders such as rats, rabbits, hedgehogs, cats and woodpigeons. She is really good at it too! Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Hi Stewart. Poppy is a JR, a small, fluffy, annoying one (I love her really). Bunty sounds like she would be a perfect candidate for Pigeon Watchers Club- shall I put her name down? We'd love to read a post from her on your blog. Mum is now following so we'll know when she does. With kindest regards, Ted :o)

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  4. Thanks for such a news worthy blog post Ted, you are a natural. Tell your mum I love the photos, but that monster on the wall!!! yikes (won't say what would have happened to it here) sshhh, don't tell your mum! I'm eco friendly but not monster friendly ;)

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    1. Mum thought that monster was an enormous spider to start off with. Honestly. I sometimes think I am the only one here with any sense. Hope all is well with you, kindest regards, Teddy x

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  5. What a busy boy! Lovely post Teddy - Flossy and I think you and Poppy are just GORGEOUS! Terriers are the best! love Floss and Lily xx

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    1. Hello Lily :o)

      We've been enjoying Flossy's front covers but are slightly concerned Mum will now want us to pose for some too. I could manage that- mum has a picture of me dressed in a flak jacket and an Aussie hat with corks (don't ask) - but I don't think Poppy would. She'd chew everything and mess about :o)

      Lots of love Teddy xx

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  6. Hi Poppy, looks like you have both been having lots of fun, I did my rounds this morning and saw of the cat, it gets to close to the Sparrows some days and to day we had our first fledgling so it's my job to look after them. Mum pulled her back cleaning the bath this morning so I have only been two little walks to day did mean I got lots of cuddles on the sofa while she watched Tour de Yorkshire as it was taking place down the road from us..
    Old man xx

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    1. Hi Old Man, Thank you for writing to me (I don't get much of a look in when Ted writes his posts, which isn't fair AT ALL). Well done on the cat-chasing front. We don't get cats here :o( We have lots of sparrows too but no babies yet. You are good to look after them. I think I might accidentally eat one if it landed near me. Sorry to hear about your mum's back- hope it's soon better so you can get out on proper walks again. Love Poppy xxx

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  7. brilliant post! i must say, Ted, your pigeon-watching stance is absolutely impeccable - as is your rat "point".

    Emma-dog would like me to tell you that she has two muskrats notched into her belt {collar?} but that there was Great Hysteria upon her successful nabbing of them and so she had to promise not to do it anymore. at least, not when anyone's looking. :) she is extremely impressed with your ratting expertise and says not to worry, Poppy will catch up with you. young 'uns these days! she also says it very much Cheered Her Up to read of your adventures today. :)

    xoxo

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    1. Dear Mel,

      I got into HUGE trouble last spring for swallowing a bumble bee, so I can imagine the furore over the Muskrat situation. Mum was Furious with me and I was rather embarrassed so now I try to only do it when she isn't watching :o)

      Thank Emma for her encouraging comments about Poppy. I see no sign of improvement in her yet and she's had the benefit of my one to one instruction for a year and a half. Sigh. Oh well, at least she's Good Fun to play with.

      Love to you all, from Ted x

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  8. Oh Ted how lovely to hear from you again. It sounds like you've been extremely busy of late. While I would very much like to sign Rocky hound up to your pigeon watching club I'm afraid he would be useless! Also he would cause me huge embarrassment & snap at their tail feathers. Rocky hound also gets told off for snapping at bees too, the pair of you are not alone. I hope you have a super bank holiday & would you pass my regards onto your mother please. I did read her last post but I was in work & couldn't comment. She has made some lovely summer tops & is very clever, perhaps she could branch out into some pigeon watching club merchandise! Take care my dears x

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    1. Hello Jo :o)

      I'm sorry to hear that Rocky won't be joining Pigeon Watchers- he wouldn't need to snap at them unless he absolutely couldn't resist (as I can't myself at times). Perhaps with a little practice he'd get the hang of pigeon watching? You could show him the photo of me and my cousin Dougal for an example.

      Mum says hi back and thank you re the clothing items. She's just started sewing J's university quilt together and apparently it's going well.

      Best regards from all of us here, Ted x

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  9. How adorable you both look curled up in your basket together. Honestly, your days are so busy, I'm full of admiration for all that you pack in. You are the same age as Mrs Armitage, our guinea pig, but she's slowed down a bit these days. Well done on that rat, I hope you got full enjoyment out of it. And keep up the pigeon watching. It's a long job requiring a great deal of commitment, but as they say, someone's got to do it. Wishing you another day of happiness and fulfilment, love to Poppy as well. CJ xx

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    1. Hello CJ :o)

      Mum says Mrs Armitage is THE BEST name for a Guinea Pig. Our piggy was called Brave Sir Robin. He lived in L's bedroom when he wasn't outside and taught him to read. He was a Very Clever piggy and we all miss him. When I was a Puppy I barked at him but then Dad told me off so I stopped.

      Unfortunately, I didn't get ANY enjoyment out of the rat because as soon as I got it, Poppy snatched it out of my mouth, ran off with it and wouldn't give it back!

      Love from Teddy x

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  10. My Jack(Jacqueline) is so excited - she keeps the pigeons at bay and allows the nesting cardinals and smaller birds to build their nests. She is very verbal when black birds come to the nests and try to steal eggs and almost climbs the darn tree, scaring the black birds away. Jack protects her domain and all that is within. She has requested me to ask if she could join the Pigeon Club. Jack is all the way from Atlantic Canada and loves me to read posts by Poppy. This was a great one by the way. Have a lovely day - we're going fishing. Cheers.

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    1. Hi Lilly and Jack. I am delighted to be able to confirm that Jack has a place on the Pigeon Watcher's Club. She is our first truly international member, so I am thrilled! My dream of establishing pigeon watchers around the world is now one step closer :-)
      Fishing sounds like Great Fun, although I am Worried By Boats. Best regards as always, Ted x

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  11. Ted, your keyboard skills it's your cute fluffy paws are amazing! If you are free, could you please come and bark at the pigeons in my garden? I've two wood pigeons the size of turkeys who currently are balancing on the bird feeders pecking the fat balls as fast as our beaks will let us!

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    1. Good afternoon Rachel. I would love go come and bark at your turkey-sized pigeons. Perhaps The Pigeon Watcher's Club could branch out into loaning members? All the best, Ted.

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  12. Hi Ted, Toby here. Like Poppy, my little brother Phinn cannot or will not try to get his thoughts down or even try. Anyway, how I long to play and chase rats withyou. We have only rabbits here and I have to be on leash when we go out so all i can do is strain on my leash and bark my head off. Phinn and I are hoping to move to a place where there are badgers since that is what we are best suited for going after. Love from us - The Barker Brothers

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    1. Hi Toby,
      Poppy and I were hoping you two would apply for the Club- it would be great if the Barker Brothers were members too. Good luck with the badgers- they are a little large for me but rabbits I can manage. All the best to you and Phinn x

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  13. Hey Teddy,
    I would be very interested in joining the pigeon club. I think there is nothing better than staring at something for a very long time. Very meditative. I could do with that in my life. Honey likes to patrol the garden too, but she is not so good at ratting. Beryl and Jean the chickens are excellent ratters. They show no mercy, but I would rather not eat their eggs for a couple of days after I witness them swallowing rats whole.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Hello Leanne.
      I've put your name down for membership of the club- I think you are our first member in Cornwall, which is great!
      We don't have hens any more, but mum remembers one with two frog's legs hanging out her mouth when she was a little girl. She didn't eat those eggs for a few days either :-)
      With love, Teddy xx

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  14. Hi Ted, had a lovely time reading your post today. It's raining here a lot so I'm in the house snuggled up on mums bed...it's sooo comfy. Since you didn't specify whether you just wanted canines in your pigeon watching club, I'd very much like to apply for membership. Cats also make very very good pigeon watchers you know and since mum says I'm super intelligent for a cat, I'm sure you would not be disappointed. I'm large, grey and fluffy and can sit still for ages, you might have seen a photo of me recently having a snooze in the garden. I'll dig out a super photo of me talking to a herring gull and get mum to put it on the blog so you can see how useful I'd be in your club.....just in case you need any persuading.
    Purrs from Griffin

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    1. Dear Griffin,
      Thank you very much for your application. I am delighted to be able to tell you that you are our first cat member of the club! We would very much like to see a photo of you, because you sound very beautiful. Love from Teddy and Poppy xx

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  15. Please may we join your pigeon club? It sounds a whole lot less exhausting than bug watching. You both did an awesome job, and deserve the nap...although shouldn't someone be on watch in case the dragon does come back?
    Mummy Janey just read this and says we should 'fess up. We don't have pigeons here,but we do have a sister and brother pigeon who live in another building...we were going to pretend we were experts.
    Mummy Janey's (embarrassed at being busted) cats. XXXXX

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    1. Hello Mummy Janey's Cats,

      You are more than welcome to join the club- International Members are always welcome! You are our second feline applicants- I am Quite Excited at the cross-species flavour the club is developing. Perhaps we could stretch the remit to include other birds in terms of watching, as you don't have pigeons directly accessible?

      Best regards, Ted x

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    2. May we respectfully suggest Blue Jays?
      Mummy Janey's cats.XXXXX

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  16. Dear Ted, ofcourse Phinn and I want to join The Pigeon Watching Club. I stupidly forgot to apply when last I wrote. We do have pigeons here where we live and I go totally beserk when a flock of them wheel over our garden. How I would love to sink my teeth into one of the tender things. Oops or do we just "watch" them in this club. Best, Toby

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    1. Excellent Toby, I'll put both you and Phinn down as members and hope to hear good reports of Across The Water Pigeon Watching from you both in due course. Kindest regards. Ted.

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    2. ps- Officially, we just "watch" pigeons in the Club as mum is a conservationist. However, I have been known to let the Terrier in me get the better of me from time to time. If the silly birds are daft enough to land nearby....

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  17. A perfect post to bring a smile...
    I'm almost 15 now so pigeon watching might take up too much valuable time at this point in my life but I can still give a squirrel a run for its money!
    Maddie (living with my human companion Susan)

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    1. Hi Maddie,
      We just popped over to your mum's blog and saw your photo. I have to say you don't look a day over three. As for squirrels, well, I am usually a very calm dog, but squirrels have been known to drive me crazy! All the best to you, Ted.

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  18. Hi Ted - a great post and mum has taken some lovely photos. You are quite welcome to come here and chase away the numerous wood pigeons we get who never seem to leave the garden and a hand at scaring away the magpies at nesting season would be good too!

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    1. Good morning Caroline,

      I would love to come over and chase your pigeons for you, but alas I fear Warwickshire is too far away and I'm not very good on public transport. If I get some new members local to you I can put you all in touch and perhaps something can be worked out that way?

      Best regards as always, Ted x

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  19. Hello Ted, Is it too late to join your Pigeon Watching Club? I don't have pigeons here but I do a pretty good job at watching the squirrels and chipmunks. Except if they move, then it would be the Squirrel Chasing Club. Regards, The Mad Wee Dog

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    1. Dear Mad Wee Dog,

      You'd be most welcome to join the Club, we'd be very happy for your branch to Watch/ Chase Squirrels as we do a fair bit of that here too when we get the chance. I am thrilled because we now have several International Members, which is excellent! Best regards Ted.

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  20. Dear Ted, I chased my first pigeon the other day does this allow me entry to your club? Your Westie stance are just like mine too! Love Tavi x

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    1. Excellent news young Tavi! Well done indeed. That is exactly the sort of attitude for a young Westie to have. I shall have to tell Poppy and hopefully your pigeon-chasing antics will inspire her to be a bit more active in her own Pigeon Related Activites. All the best, Ted x

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