Normally I don’t have any idea of what I would like for Christmas and if anyone asks, then I can never think of anything. This year however I decided to be prepared and managed quite a long list covering various price ranges. Just my luck, no-one rang to ask but I left the list lying around anyway, hoping that maybe someone would take the hint!
A few days before Christmas a very large parcel appeared and I was told it was a sledge!!! Ha ha, we hardly ever get any snow here in the winter. You will have to imagine this all wrapped in Christmas paper, I was too quick to find out what it was, forgot to photograph it first!
Cleverly packed together were 4 Dormice boxes! I had found a website – www.theowlbox,co.uk and as well as making owl boxes they make dormice boxes too!
So here we have 4 little homes for our resident dormice, they won’t find them until they come out of hibernation, sometime in April, so we have plenty of time to put them up in the garden. The green ties are for fastening them to fence posts or thin trees, I think fence posts will be a safer bet. So it will be Christmas, 2013, when they will get the benefit of their new homes, and they have a choice too, lucky dormice! Somebody now has a job to do, fixing them up in the garden!
The school next door, which was for sale last year ( click here if you want to read about the planning application and us fighting for our dormice habitat) has been sold and we have met the young couple who have bought it and now moved in. They say that they will be leaving the outside just as it is and not extending it as in the plans, which is good. I have been told that the plot between the school and our garden has been sold, so will wait to meet our other new neighbours and explain why the hedge and trees between us are so important for the dormice and also gently advise them of all the penalties they will face if they alter the habitat in any way! Hopefully the dormice will now be safe and that they will enjoy their new homes when they eventually find them !