A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hooptedoodle #192 - More Critters outside the Kitchen Window

The Contesse was busy with her camera again yesterday - here's a quick view of garden wildlife in September in South East Scotland.
Not necessarily welcome, but a handsome specimen

There was another stationed as lookout - they can eat as much of the
geraniums as they like, as long as they stay off the fruit trees...

Chaffinches on the garage roof
Nothing to do with wildlife, but someone drew my attention to this cover from an American Sci-Fi magazine published in 1939 - gripping stuff - I swear this is genuine.


  1. Yet again, science-fiction predicts reality. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells knew we would see the dawn of the atomic age, tanks, submarines and space travel. But S. A. Coblentz predicted we would live on the Planet of the Knob Heads!


  2. It is outside your kitchen window& it is incredible! It looks like a cartoon, when many animals and birds dance and sing near the princess’ window!) great! I even envy you in a kind way!))

    1. Hi Helen - I confess there is something a bit cartoonlike about our life here! I lived in cities (mostly Liverpool and Edinburgh) for most of my life, but for the last 15 years have lived on a farm on the East Lothian coast, about 35 miles from Edinburgh - we live in a tiny community here, and we have a wood at the bottom of our garden, which is why we get so many wild visitors and why our bird feeders are so busy.

      My wife is a super photographer - her photos are featured regularly in Scotland from the Roadside (Facebook) and elsewhere - if you follow the "Wildlife" label in the lower right section of this blog page you will see numerous examples of birds and roe deer seen in our garden. The deer are lovely, but can be destructive, so we have to keep an eye on them.

      The downside of living in a cartoon is that the nearest shop and the nearest pub are over 3 miles away! Please feel free to email us through the link on my blog profile if you wish to do so.

      Regards - MSF

  3. “The deer are lovely, but can be destructive, so we have to keep an eye on them” – how do you manage to do that? I just imagine you dancing and singing with them!))
    thanks for the invitation to the “Wildlife”. I understand your wife, with such a beautiful, fascinating nature I would also become a photographer!

    1. If we see them eating anything we don't allow, we bang on the window and they run away. We haven't tried dancing and singing, but it is an idea.


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