Friday, 23 September 2016

Ted's Diary: Evidence, should any be needed, that Squirrels Have No Manners

Dear Friends,

Yesterday Poppy and I had a Terrible Shock. There we were, enjoying the Peace and Tranquillity of our garden, when all of a sudden a Suspicious Noise from Over The Fence made us jump. Poppy's favourite plant pot has recently been cleared of old sweet peas, so I asked her to jump up and have a look.....


This is what she saw.....


A Squirrel! Sitting on the fence, as Bold As Brass, right NEXT to our garden! Can you believe it!
When it saw Pop it did this....


Which just goes to show that Squirrels have no manners whatsoever and are the rudest creatures on earth.
It didn't stay like that for long though, soon it turned round to see whether we were still watching.


Yes, squirrel, well may you look a little bit worried. It turns out it was planning a Mushroom Raid....




I didn't know they ate mushrooms. I suppose you've got to admit they are quite brave raiding mushrooms on the ground like that near to two ferocious dogs with Fierce Reputations (although I'm only saying that quietly, you understand, and between us- the brave bit, not the fierce bit, obviously).

Poppy, bless her, tried to cover my eyes so I couldn't see the naughty squirrel....


She also chewed my face, which was less helpful, but we all know what Poppy is like...


The Squirrel held its piece of mushroom in one hand, pointed at us with the other and laughed (which is yet more evidence of their Inherently Bad Manners and is making me reconsider the bit about them being brave)...


In some situations, the only wise thing to do is to make a dignified retreat, so we left the squirrel to its mushroom and took up Guard Duty in the front garden instead.



Hopefully, the weekend will be free from squirrels and full of cheese instead.

I hope you are all well.

Best Regards,

Ted.

38 comments:

  1. Oh Ted you have really made me laugh this morning with all the furry antics. And what gorgeous photos of you all. The red squirrels in our neck of the woods are equally cheeky and very busy at the moment. I guess they are stocking up their larders ready for hibernation :) B

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    1. Mum is very jealous of your reds, and I am glad I gave you a smile, Barbara. Love Ted x

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  2. That is such a great story.
    Yes squirrels do eat mushrooms, especially the cèpes (porcini) Boletus edulis, which we call in Dutch/Flemish 'eekhoorntjesbrood' translated as Squirrel's Bread.
    It looks like the feast is indeed that variety of mushroom.

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    1. Patricia, Mum has asked me to convey her thanks for the mushroom information as she didn't know about squirrel bread before but it makes perfect sense now. Ted x

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  3. loved this cute squirrel.i also have few who visit my yard and over my neem tree regularly ,,these pets are adorable dear

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  4. What a rude squirrel indeed. The squirrels in our garden have been making raids on our supposedly squirrel-proof bird feeders. Maybe I need a ferocious dog or 2 to keep them at bay?! Beautiful photos of you and Poppy - perhaps the squirrel just came to admire you both and the mushrooms were incidental? Happy cheese eating. xx

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    1. I have an idea for where you could find two ferocious dogs :-). Raiding squirrel-proof things is just the sort of naughty thing squirrels do. Love ted x

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  5. What a great sequence of shots and captions. Excellent! Grey squirrels are quite brave - and sometimes a genuine pest - but wonderful to watch; they seem to flow as they move. They've traumatised the native red ones, though, but they are still hanging on in the north.

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    1. Ah, my understanding is they've out-competed the Reds for their niches. My mother has searched for Reds lots of times and never seen one :-(. Thanks for the comment Mike. Ted.

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  6. Very picky they are, if they like Ceps. They are posh mushrooms

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    1. We have posh squirrels, perhaps? It's small comfort, Si. Ted.

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  7. Oh Ted, you do look so very dignified on guard duty. It is a rude squirrel indeed who dares to insult you. Squirrels really do have very grand ideas about how much food they need don't they. And I'm sure that mushroom won't store well. You will get your revenge when he goes to look for it in February and finds that it has disappeared. The shoe will be on the other paw. Wishing a happy weekend of walks and cheese. CJ xx

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    1. You're right, CJ, I hadn't thought of that. Silly squirrel, fancy thinking about burying a mushroom. Love Ted x

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  8. With deer and squirrelies, play like you are eating (yes really smacking with your mouth open) and they will come around and accept that you are not a threat. Works every time.

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    1. I don't think that would help my Fierce Credentials, Donna, unless I used that to get them close enough to chase-) Love Ted x

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  9. Hi Ted lets hope is wasn't a magic mushroom, nothing worse than having a "high" squirrel on the loose x

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    1. The mind boggles! Can you imagine!? Love Ted x

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  10. Ted - with you and Poppy around I am sure no squirrel would have the temerity to come into your garden - you both look far too fierce.

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    1. They sit in our tree and swear at us. So Rude. Ted x

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  11. Wonderful! What intrepid dogs you are. I really enjoyed seeing your antics with the naughty squirrel. Great shots. x

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  12. Ted, you are looking quite dashing in your recent haircut. Squirrels were put on this earth to disturb the peace. :-)

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    1. I agree, Kristie. Very annoying creatures. Teddy xx

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  13. Squirrels are the bane of my existence. They dare to walk freely on the ground in my backyard. I must chase them to remind them who, in fact, is in charge. But they mock me by returning time and time again. I am too stubborn to retreat. Regards, Mad Wee Dog

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    1. They have very small brains I think, MWD. Ted x

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  14. You are right Teddy, squirrels have NO manners at all. The ones here are very rude and dig holes in the garden, steal bulbs and will just sit there watching even if you walk right up to them. It just isn't on is it! Hope that Poppy can sort yours out for you. xx p.s. very smart fur do that you are sporting just now!

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    1. You need a fierce dog in your garden, aunty Amy ;-) xx

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  15. Ted ! I love your story of the naughty squirrel. How dare he turn his back to you. He knew you couldn't jump up that high. All though he does have a pretty coat from eating all the mushrooms.
    Poppy is a good friend to help you even with the face chewing.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. She was quite helpful with the squirrel, Parsnip. I was surprised. Perhaps she is growing up (at long last). Love to thehamish, Ted x

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  16. Ted? Ted!!!! TED... Ball.... Rats...

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    1. You must be psychic, Stephanie. I chased a rat only this morning! Ted x

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  17. Hey Ted,
    I have never had much to do with squirrels. Pigeons on the other hand are very annoying. They keep landing on the roof of the conservatory, and I feel it my duty to bark until they leave. Are pigeons deaf, because they don't seem to hear me. Keep up the excellent sentry duty.
    Honey xx

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    1. They are deaf- they don't hear me when I bark at them either, honey. Hope all is well with you all down in Cornwall. Love, Ted xx

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  18. That squirrel was messing with your mind Ted! Love Ed & Murray xx

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  19. I have only just discovered squirrels, I spent lots of my recent holiday looking up at trees! What a cheeky squirrel, hope you got some cheese this weekend! Tavi x

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  20. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking into a void :D

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