As I told you recently, I got a little bit lost at some point last year and personal posts were getting harder to fit in on the blog with other things I’d committed to. I’d loved writing posts for PODCast and the What’s The Story? linky but my computer with all my photos died and before I knew it, each Monday had passed and I’d forgotten/hadn’t had time to write a post, again. So anyway, concerted effort being made, photos retrieved (thank god!) and it will give me a good excuse to relive some old memories.
So I thought I’d go through my old photos, one folder at a time, and see what I could find. There he was, Prickles the Hedgehog! I’d forgotten all about him (may be she – who knows!).
This photo was taken in our back garden in August 2009. In those days I had two very old cats, Monty and Roxy, and they had a little ‘cat kennel’ in the garden so they could shelter from the rain if I’d gone out and they were outside. They’d used the kennel a lot over the years, but now they were old, they spent more and more time indoors, the kennel had seen better days and I’d seriously considered dismantling it.
I was out in the garden when I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye. The cats were both inside fast asleep, what had I seen? I turned around to find Prickles the Hedgehog in the cat kennel. He/she was a fairly frequent visitor to our garden and was obviously feeling brave enough to come right up to the patio doors to have a nosy around in the kennel.
I know hedgehogs are covered in fleas and ticks, but there is something adorable about them. To me anyway. I’ve always been a fan, and have been used to seeing these little animals wandering around my gardens over the years.
By 2012, the last of my two saggy old cats had died and the kennel really wasn’t fit for purpose any more. It fell apart and was thrown away. Monkey and I did build a makeshift Hedgehog house last year, but we haven’t had a visit from Prickles the Hedgehog for a number of years now. I miss him wandering around our garden. Our cat Brewster loves the rain and I don’t think he’d use a kennel at all, so I think we might have to buy a proper Hedgehog house this year and see if we can entice Prickles back into our garden.
When I started to write this post, I’d expected to use a family or travel photo, but this photo brought back happy memories of our prickly friend and of a time when I had two saggy old cats, so I’ll be linking this up with Animal Tales over at Eco-Gites of Lenault on Tuesday too.
Do you have hedgehogs visiting your garden?