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It's your gold plated feeder & porcelain drinking bowl they love really Lesley!
Happy birthday Lily
Dove - thanks for the info re Hefty - it's a lovely story.
We had a hedgehog in the garden this summer & I'm very keen to encourage him & his friends back to eat my slugs. I have left a little nest of twigs & leaves under the oil tank where it is quiet, dark & dry & close to where I found him in the summer & have identified a couple of other similar spots around the garden. Fingers crossed somebody wants a free hotel for the winter!
Some nice ideas above - has reminded me to buy some suet & seed.
A word of caution if you are making your own fat balls - the RSPB site advises that fats containing salt & other preservatives are potentially toxic to birds & should be avoided. Any fats from cooking meat should be used with caution.
Similarly, peanuts which are stale may contain aflatoxin. For this reason nuts should only be sourced from a reliable retailer and should be stored in a suitable way.
I'm hoping the links will post here:
That's it - lecture over - happy bird feeding everyone!!
Welcome back to the madhouse
Dove - re your salvias -I have grown these & found they overwintered successfully when it was cold & dry but succumbed to cold and wet. It's a bit late for taking cuttings but it might be worth a try if there are a few bits that look as though they are still growing rather than going into dormancy.
Glad Hefty turned up again - did you do anything to encourage him into the garden in the first place? I'd love a regular hedgehog visitor and am making a couple of hedgehog log & twig piles this week.
Well said Lesley - I don't often post on this thread but I often read it. Several of our friends are having stressful or traumatising times & if it helps to share the load that can only be a good thing - nobody need ever feel guilty about offloading / sharing / seeking support - whatever - on this thread. It's good to know it's here.
Glad you've got your phone & internet back Lyn - it is isolating without and so very sorry to hear that B Lizzie has had such a run of bad news. Best wishes to all of you who need them.
Lovely ideas girls & boys but I do hope that (on the night) we'll be able to come up with some appropriately themed music, drink and food selections ....
Thinking caps on ... I have one or two fairly obvious ones in mind but will save them till Friday. (Ooooh the suspense!)
Meanwhile I'm just wondering if it will be raining & I need to pack my ghoulashes