Goodbye November

November uses its curtain call as an overture for things ahead as frost and snow flurries creep in while a northerly breeze shows who is in charge now.

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Meanwhile John has sprained his ankle and has to sit down a lot
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Ian commiserates and The Saint feels a little sidelined

So Ian goes off to practice camouflage
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Ian St John go large

Ian St John have been spending their nights in the greenhouse and their days outside…
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…in an enclosure that they were rapidly outgrowing (at least in the case of St John)

So now each morning they are walked down to the netted beds
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for fun and frolics…

…and a wash and brush up
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St, or is it John, keeps an eye on the sky for a passing buzzard
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while Ian keeps an eye on the ground

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for a passing dandelion.

Not keen to share
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until persuaded
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Ian needs to cool down
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Then all still the best of friends
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(Lesley-Ann – show this to Robin and get him come down to do a bit of duck whispering)

They’re back!

When they arrive at the feeder everyone else has to stand back

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They know who is the most handsome

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They do what they call singing at the top of the Ash

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And move in and out with mob bravado

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passing overhead with whirring wings

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Welcome visitors

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Putting away the lawnmowers

A week into November

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and the guineapigs, who have been dutifully moving up and down the grass all summer in their mobile lawnmower

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move indoors

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as always, they are a little shy

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but when nobody is looking they will be out to enjoy their dinner

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We hope they are not to warm tonight as they are being hosted in the Juvenile Hedgehog Care Facility where the newly installed insulation adds 10 degrees to the outside temperature

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At the other end of the plot the lake, after just one season, is starting to look mature

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On the bank we raised behind there is still lots of colour

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and the top of the bank gives a good perspective

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as scything progresses.

Up in the wood

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the hydrangea is reaching its mystical stage

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Indoors, Ian pays a little visit

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and the good news is that we think he might be a she so instead of eating him we can develop a long relationship

So, at two frosts down, winter has not yet begun to bite

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In this times of uncertain climate we take one day

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at a time

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