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Sun 9th August 2009

Posted on August 10, 2009 at 1:45 AM

nonsense : I was in the kitchen today and looked out of the window to check on Anais who was playing in the garden. I saw her sat in her usual spot playing with a toy rubber snake. Hang on . . . we don't have a toy rubber snake. I ran outside and she was grasping a live, foot-long Slow Worm, brandishing it above her head like a maniacal witch-doctor! I wanted to take a photo of her but I was concerned she might do a Lenny and throttle the poor creature. So I took it off her - the first time i've handled a reptile I think - and showed it to Abigail and Aidan before letting it go. We have seen a few Slow Worms under the decking recently - a very warm and safe environment for them I suspect.

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                                                                        Slow Worm                                       The apprentice snake-charmer looking for more victims

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The garden wildlife spectacular didn't stop there, as a few minutes later I noticed a massive Frog in the corner - I don't think I've ever seen a frog in the garden and this was the biggest one i have ever seen anywhere. Abigail and I managed to get it into a bucket, and I took it out of the garden but it leaped out half-way down the drive and I had to run after it. A woman walking her dog looked at me a bit strangely as I leapt around the driveway in my slippers with a bucket. I eventually re-caught it and released it in the grass over the road. Also today a Blue-tailed Damselfly visited the garden. A female of the 'rufescens' form it seems from looking at the book.

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Frog

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Blue-tailed Damselfly eating a snack

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