Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Battling in the countryside.

As some of you know, I have this thing about bats. Now for most people the small flying mammals are something of a mystery that are sometimes seen fluttering around on warm summer evenings. However, for the nutters, bats are also a winter species. The day before yesterday we went hunting for bats in the morning. We only discovered two of the cute little fellows. Buried away in crevices in some dark and cold underground tunnels.

Two teams from Sheffield Bat Group and Doncaster Naturalists got together last weekend to do a hibernating bat survey. This involved tramping through woodlands, climbing steep hillsides and squeezing into caves. I enjoyed every moment of the day. On our way back the Memsahib treated me to an impromptu and totally free gratis walk around a Lidl supermarket. Some days are full of pleasure!

A Government-commissioned report has given the clearest indication yet that the proposed £32 billion HS2 high-speed rail project will be given the go ahead. The report suggests that Transport Secretary Justine Greening will give the green light to HS2 which passes through Tory heartlands in picturesque spots. A decision on the project, which has sparked fierce and acrimonious debate with Conservative MPs among the anti brigade, is expected in the next few days, possibly as early as Tuesday.

The wallet has taken a battering. The Audi needed its annual servicing and four new tyres fitting. Hey presto! The paupers workhouse is now beckoning on the horizon. With deft of touch that would have pleased a magician, the garage mechanic emptied my wallet in a flash. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask.

For a while, I have been thinking that Rosie is a little bit under propped. So, I have just purchased a new bronze propeller. Its only one inch bigger in both diameter and pitch than the existing one. I am hoping that this will give us a little bit more fuel economy. But when will Rosie be out of the water next...

ASBO for pensioners

Two pensioners have been given anti-social behaviour orders after they attracted hundreds of pigeons to the town they lived in by feeding them every day. For 10 years 75-year-old Danuta Rogowa and Margaret Ann Reynolds, 69, have refused to put a stop to their habit, claiming there is nothing wrong with a bit of bird feeding. But Wiltshire Council said their actions - along with those of a third woman, Teresa Wozniak - have caused the pigeon population in Trowbridge to increase "excessively".

This reminds me of a story about my dad and pigeons from many years ago!


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