Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A squirrel tale

Once upon a time there was a squirrel who lived in a garden.  He built himself a drey - for that is what a squirrel house is called - high up in a tree.

The squirrel was very happy going about his business.  Digging holes in the grass, moving bulbs around in the autumn, burying acorns and getting up to all kinds of things that made the squirrel very happy indeed.

When the squirrel got cross he would make very loud chattering noises at whoever he was cross with.  He could get quite angry.  Nothing scared the squirrel though.  The humans who lived in the house attached to the garden would come out and wave their arms and shout to stop the squirrel digging, but he would just carry on and ignore them.  If the squirrel was interrupted by the humans he would make all kinds of noise at them to tell them off.

One day though the squirrel had a bit of a shock.  He was coming down his favourite tree ready to go digging when all of a sudden he saw something unfamiliar looking at him.  In fact, it was staring straight at him.  The squirrel had no idea what to think.  What was that?


Whatever it was didn't move.  It just continued to stare straight at the squirrel.  The squirrel climbed around the tree trunk making his angry noises and went back and forth, but still the thing just stared at him.

The squirrel was very worried.  Time passed and the thing just stayed there.  Perhaps it was safe to go down.  After all, it wasn't moving.  The squirrel came further down the tree and then the thing got up and moved towards him.  This frightened the squirrel and he climbed back up the tree trunk very quickly.

The thing was now at the base of the tree, looking right up at him.  Squirrel didn't know what to do.  Should he go back to his drey and find another way down, perhaps on the telephone line that he liked to walk on.  But what if the thing came after him, what to do.



The thing and the squirrel stared at each other for a long time.


Then, all of a sudden the thing got up again and turned its back on the tree and the squirrel.  It started to climb up a trellis by the fence.  This really worried the squirrel.  The thing was coming to get him.  He started shouting away in his angry squirrel voice and ran further back up the tree trunk and straight back to his drey where he thought he would be safe.



The thing climbed up the trellis, as though it was a ladder, and walked away on the top of the fence.



Mr squirrel had a real fright that day.  Perhaps it will teach him not to go digging in the garden again for a while!

Amy

This is a real story as you can see by the pictures!  It was so funny to watch!  Pictures taken one morning last week.

44 comments:

  1. Ha ha now all you've got to do is get the cat to sit there all the time! Were you just looking out of the window or was the squirrel so noisy? x

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    1. I just happened to be looking out of the window and saw what was happening so I went to get my camera hoping they would still be there when I got back. I opened the window very quietly so they didn't hear me and run off! xx

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  2. Marvellous! This put a smile on my face. I doubt he'll learn though- our squirrels seem quite happy to drive Teddy made running the gauntlet every day :o) xx

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  3. I love your story - but we need it to happen the other way round ....... we need a squirrel who could scare away the neighbours' many cats, who use our garden as their toilet!!

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    1. We have that trouble too! We have one cat who is trained to go in specific parts of our garden, but our immediate neighbour now has 3 cats and there are at least another 3 we see very often in our garden. I think we probably dig the soil more than the other neighbours, plus we feed the birds. It is a full time job chasing their cats off! Barbara xx

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  4. Ha ha very funny, Rocky hound would like to eat a squirrel if he was allowed to catch one x

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  5. I agree with frayedattheedge - we also need something to scare off the squirrels too. They somehow remove my bird seed holders from the trees, knock them to the ground scattering the seeds which they eat, preventing the birds from getting their food.

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  6. Mr Squirrel meets his match! Doubt it will slow him down much though, but it will provide entertaining viewing. CJ xx

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  7. Ha Ha - I love to watch the squirrels and their antics but they are a pest at times - they 'challenge' us to chase them off the bird feeders - I run out of the back door clapping my hands to scare them off hubby runs out going 'grr' - god knows what the neighbours think of us! The thing is a beautiful cat and was perhaps as bemused by the squirrel as the squirrel seemd to be of the cat:)
    p.s. we have one squirrel (which we call squirrel nutcase) who buries the little stones from the gravel path in our lawn!

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  8. We had a squirrel visit our garden a few times but it hasn't been back for a while. It had a bit of a nasty experience with our dog the last time!

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  9. Great story. It must have been so much fun to watch.

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  10. Brilliant! Maybe you could borrow the cat on a regular basis to help out? x

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  11. How funny! We've only had a squirrel in our garden once as we live on a fairly busy road. They do make quite an angry noise though, don't they? It reminds me that I did once watch a squirrel in the park in Bath burying a wrapped toffee!
    Cathy x

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  12. I know they can be a nuisance, but I wish I had a squirrel in my garden. I'd be photographing it's antics every day!

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  13. Aw that was funny, poor Squirrel, let's hope your bulbs are safe for a bit xx

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  14. I loved the story. I wish the cats around here was like that. We have so many cats and squirrels and they do not bother each other. Not true at my Daughters house. The cats are always bringing squirrels home and not alive. I would rather have the cats here scare off the squirrels not eat them.

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  15. Great story, really made me smile. The antics of wildlife never ceases to amaze.

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  16. It's really great that you've managed to capture this little encounter in photographs. It must have been a huge shock for Mr.Squirrel. Lucky he wasn't eaten or harmed! Hopefully he'll be better behaved from now on. X

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  17. Great story Amy! We have multiple resident squirrels here at our cottage, and they do get a bit tiresome. Unfortunately our cat is elderly and an indoor only cat, so they are quite safe to go about doing their damage here without being interrupted.

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  18. I love that story, my sister has a resident squirrel and I love watching him , but she says hes a pest eating and digging up her garden. One Christmas we were all in the kitchen eating lunch when he came up to the window, so funny to see

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  19. Too funny! We have a squirrel who teases the dogs daily.

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  20. Ha-ha! I love watching critter interactions. Mr. Squirrel is living the good life. :)

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  21. Oh Amy ! Your story made my day !! Poor Mister Squirrel, I think he went back to his drey and smoked a cigarette to calm his nerves... Or drank a glass of brandy ;-)))...

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  22. Brillianto!!! Just love it. We have Mr Nutter come each season to pinch our walnuts and now we have son of Nutter visiting and even grandson of Nutter (well, so we like to think) But, goodness, they don't have make a racket when something upsets 'em!
    We find walnuts buried all over the garden, many of them sprouting seedlings by spring ... we ought to set up a walnut tree nursery and flog 'em! Nutter is a very good little gardener!
    Margaret P

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  23. I really enjoyed this real life squirrel tale! Hope he learns his lesson!

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  24. I've got news for your Mr Squirrel, the thing can climb up the tree nearly as well as you. Great story, those squirrels are real pests but I can't help being entertained by them.

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  25. Poor Mr Squirrel ... that cat looks like he's marked your yard and will return to keep the squirrel in order! We have SO many squirrels in our yard, but thankfully the most damage they do is eat the wild birdseed ... oh, and one chewed my lovely huge sunflower before the seeds had even properly formed and left the giant flower on the ground :(

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  26. This is a lovely little story that I will share with my grandson. We just read a squirrel story written by Beatrix Potter. Thank you so much for the wonderful advice you gave me about my needlepoint. It made my day! My best to you. Pat xx

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  27. I loved your story, and the pictures! You had me laughing over here.

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  28. Great story and photos. Sometimes your squirrels remind me of our possums. They are a nuisance and also make very angry sounds and eat my friends roses in Melbourne, where they are more of a pest than here in a country town. Thanks for making me smile and take care.

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  29. That was a lovely squirrel tale, and your photo's are great!

    All the best Jan

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  30. Amy, my dear friend I have missed you so much and I have read all your posts and oh goodness you have been busy. Travels, lunches, car shows and squirrel adventures. Just so you know if I am ever lucky enough to come to lunch at your house, you do not have to clean a thing, just be yourself and we can sit and chat and have a lovely time. I am not a good cook so I worry so much about the food preparation, not sure anyone notices my clean or dirty floors. Whoever mentioned that spec of dust should be ashamed of themselves. You are wonderful to have the lunch in the first place and I am sure it was well received.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  31. That was a fun story to read. We just got back from a 12 day camping trip and were at the altitude of over 5,400 feet above sea level.. there were no squirrels, but little chipmunks. I posted yesterday. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  32. Hello Amy. Finally I'm catching up with everyone after my enforced time offline. I'm so glad your lunch went well, and that the cat didn't tackle the squirrel ... having seen the result of a squirrel 1 dog 0 confrontation (thankfully not my dog) I suspect it was the cat who would have lived to rue the day.

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  33. Oooooh, YOU are a great story teller! And your photos are nifty.
    Maybe someday I'll be reading your picture books at story time . . . that's sure a happy idea.

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  34. Great story Amy, We have a family of 4 squirrels who visit us. We have 2 seed feeders and 1 nut outside our kitchen window and the squirrels are always climbing the trees the feeders hand on - the squirrels then hang upside down on the feeders and they can eat the seed/nuts from the portholes. Such a nuisance! We don't chase them off, all creatures need to eat! At least we have other feeders at the bottom of the garden for the birds. Barbara xx

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  35. Ha ha. I had a cat and dog that used to chase squirrels together...they made a great team. Only chased-never caught.

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