Tuesday, 9 October 2012

M is for Myth Magic and More

It is ABC Wednesday and my contribution goes like this.... M is for Myth Magic and More - and it seems to me that an episode the other morning fits into this category.. It was a working day and to get motivated ready for the buzz of continuous telephone calls and the glare of the computer screen - off I went on my daily 'power' walk around the village with Blue in tow. The early morning light was just pushing through - and there was a feel of frost in the air,we reached the top of the road and began to cross and then suddenly scurrying towards us was this small grey hedgehog- of course - yes you have guessed it - what did it do on confronting an unannounced human and dog - immediately rolled up into a tight prickly ball. Now the road is pretty busy - as it is the main exit from the village to join the A5 and it was 6.30 am and people were beginning to stir- so what to do? - I gave the hedgehog a bit of a nudge with my mobile phone which I always carry with me on these early morning jaunts - but no re-action - no gloves in my pocket and hedgehogs are prickly!- so off with my my coat - headlights now in the distance - quickly grabbing the prickly customer and away to the pavement Blue looking on in amazement - she is well used to the odd antics of her owner and so put up no resistance. I quickly popped the hedgehog over the wall into the garden of our local Avon representative come odd jobber and gardener - a friendly soul. Now on with the walk !! and coat back on - round the corner and coming to an immediate halt- something was screeching in my head - Hedgehogs have flees!! now whether this is a myth or is true I am not sure - but I whipped off my coat and continued my walk in my short sleeved T shirt- very brave I can tell you - and the coat went straight into the washer on my return. I could Google the question but I thought I would ask you - do hedgehogs have flees? thanks for joining me PS does anyone have any ideas on this one? - on our walk today very close to the hedgehog incident spot, I spotted a neighbour underneath the trees - I shouted Hello! what are you doing ? - collecting conkers for a good friend he shouted - apparently conkers stop spiders in their tracks - guess what I am trying this out and have several strategically placed in the conservatory and utility - because this year seems to be a very good year for these scary beesties!! bye Why not pop over to ABC Wednesday for more takes on the letter M

25 comments:

  1. I am very fond of Hedgehogs
    Which makes me want to say,
    That I am struck with wonder,
    How there’s any left today,

    For each morning as I travel
    And no short distance that,
    All I see are Hedgehogs,
    Squashed. And dead. And flat.

    A Hedgehog cannot make you laugh,
    Whistle, dance or sing,
    And she ain’t much to look at,
    And she don’t make anything.

    And in amongst her prickles,
    There’s FLEAS and ticks and that,
    But there ain’t no need to leave her,
    Squashed. And dead. And flat.

    Cheers.....Pam Ayres

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    1. Thanks for the poem - best wishes to you and Wesley

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  2. Well, if Pam Ayres says it's true...it must be!
    Jane x

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    1. Thanks for calling - I hope you have a good week

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  3. it's a cute animal...we don't have it here, i think.:p
    it's possible that it has fleas with that fur.

    M is for...

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    1. Luna - they are quite prickly - thanks for calling

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  4. how cute this little fellow is! thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Delightful story about your rescue.
    I haven't seen a hedgehog in real life so I have no idea about fleas. Hope there weren't any for you.

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    1. I think I managed to escape the fleas - thanks for calling by

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  6. they ARE cute, but don't know their habits.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. The are very secretive- and come out mainly at night - thanks for your comment

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  7. I've never heard of conkers stopping spiders! There's a chestnut tree straight across the street from me. I'll have to give it a try. :) You were so kind to save the hedgehog. I have no idea if they have fleas or not.

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    1. No - I had not heard about conkers stopping spiders - but since I put a conker in the utility - I have not seen a spider since!!

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  8. What a great story for M day. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  9. quite the post ~ Brave soul you are ~ great photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Lovely to hear from you - thanks for calling

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  10. How sweet of you to move that hedgehog to safety. What exactly is a conker?

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    1. A conker is a round hard seed off a chesnut tree - usually the size of a large marble - people have conker fights - by threading string through the conker and then seeing whose conker is the strongest

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  11. I have no knowledge about fleas on hedgehogs as we don't have hedgehogs in Canada. But best to be safe than sorry & good to hear you popped your coat in the wash. And conkers would be good to hit the spiders with...lol

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Perhaps that is why the conkers are a spider deterrent !! thanks for calling

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  12. I did not know that even hedgehogs have fleas!

    Manok... find out what it is
    Rose, ABC Wednesday

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    1. Thanks for calling - have a good week

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  13. Your header picture is gorgeous. Love Uncle B's (Pam Ayres) poem

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